This 1969 Checker Marathon is one of 286 A12W wagons produced for the model year. It was sold new by Crain-Hillis Checker Motor Sales in Portland, Oregon, and has reportedly stayed in-state ever since. Power comes from a factory-optional GM-sourced 327ci V8 paired to a dual-range automatic transmission. Within the past four years and 7k miles, this Checker has received a full tune-up and extensive mechanical servicing as detailed below. It is now being offered by Cascadia Classic with recent service records and a clean Washington state title.
According to the seller, this vehicle was optioned with tinted glass all around and is one of just 17 Checkers ordered with bucket seats across all body styles in 1969. The Fulton Blue paint (code 62) has been touched-up in several areas. Multiple filled-in chips, light scrapes, and dings commensurate with age are present, and the exterior is comprehensively detailed in the photo gallery below.
These Marathon wagons feature unique tail light housings with three reflectors on each side as shown above. A new set of Firestone Affinity thin whitewall tires were mounted on the factory wheels roughly 8,400 miles ago.
According to the seller, this Checker retains a a high degree of originality including factory upholstery, carpeting, and trim throughout. The front and rear seats have a few splits as highlighted in the photo gallery, and the seller states there are some stains in the rear carpet.
This Checker is equipped with power steering and brakes. It was also optioned with A/C and the compressor turns on, though the seller states it is hard to tell how cold it blows with the current low temperatures in Portland. A working aftermarket cruise control system is controlled via a module on the far left side of the dashboard. Current flaws are listed as a filled-in star in the windshield, a low-reading temperature gauge, an optimistic fuel gauge, a stuck fresh air vent selector, and a heater fan that squeaks for the fist minute or so. The five-digit odometer currently shows 92,694 miles and total mileage is unknown.
The optional General Motors 327ci V8 has been kept stock to the seller’s knowledge, and puts power down through a 3.31:1 rear axle. The oil was most recently changed ~100 miles ago, and the following work was completed within the past four years and 7k miles:
- Full tune up (wires, plugs, cap, rotor, air filter, fuel filter)
- Fuel tank boiled out and sealed
- New fuel pump
- Rebuilt carburetor
- Ignition replaced with Pertronix kit and coil
- New valve cover gaskets
- Rear diff drained and refilled
- Coolant flushed
- Wheel bearings repacked
- Brake fluid flushed
The seller claims that the engine is stamped with #V06176BT, which matches the factory data plate located on the cowl as shown above.
Some surface rust has been found in the spare tire well, and additional undercarriage pictures are displayed in the photo gallery below.
Maintenance records from the third owner will accompany the sale. They document all aforementioned recent servicing.