Over the last year and a half the ICTA has tracked virtually every used Checker automobile that has been listed for sale on the internet. We have constantly kept tabs on: Ebay transactions, Craig’s List, Hemming’s Motor News and Facebook Marketplace. Although we don’t typically know the ending result of a these transactions for all the transactions, we have been able to track the asking price and in some cases the actual final sale price.  With this new data,  the ICTA’s is making its first attempt to create a used Checker Buyers Guide. Being fact based, this guide should help Checker fans interested in buying a classic Checker.

This is a complete list of the majority of Checkers sold or advertised over the last 18 months. Over the next several weeks, we’ll slice and dice the data in order to can an understanding of trends in the selling of used Checkers.

This directory includes a list of approximately 30 Checkers dumped at a Lawrence, Mass. crusher. The registry also lso lists about 50% of the Checkers currently available at a Clearwater taxi company that is currently winding down its Checker fleet.

As a point of reference, the analysis is essentially a mish mash of data.  The cars that ultimately went to the crusher are valued at one penny.   Lawrence cars that have survived the crusher are valued at known sale prices or current asking price for those cars that still are waiting buyers.  Balanced against the super low Lawrence prices there are a significant number of high price vehicles that have been for sale for some time and have not moved.  It’s highly likely that these vehicles are priced too high,  yet the sellers are standing firm.

The price analysis is based on 125 Checkers offered for sale over the last 18 months. 35 Checkers were listed but did not offer price,  these Checkers were not included in the pricing calculations.

The average median price for those Checkers offered is $7356.00. Essentially half the Checker prices were priced higher than the median and half were priced lower.  54 Checkers were listed for less than $5000.00. Most Checker fans have seen the writing on the wall for some time as the demographics are changing for the various Checker Clubs.  The fact is these clubs are literally dying,  if the hobby is to survive we need younger new members joining the Checker fun.

The good news regarding prices is that if you are young and new to the hobby, there are Checker available from a low price perspective.  If you’re older and a hoarder and are expecting to make millions, its pretty clear from the activities in Haverhill, its hard to sell Checkers at high prices.  The numbers seem to indicate more supply versus demand and high price Checkers can take years to sell.  We have also seen several “free” transactions, they are included in the calculations and were valued at one penny.

The mix of Checkers available ranged from virtually the full cycle of 1960-1982.  The distribution is wide, but appears to be more focused to the mid to late 1960’s.  This makes a lot of sense as these cars were sold in the peak CMC retail consumer car period.  It appears that the lower number of 70’s era cars is based on lower number of consumer cars sold in the late 1970’s.

Clearly the majority of Checker sold are standard consumer product Marathons.  Total Marathons 126 units made up of a combination of four door sedans and wagons reflecting 74% of all Checkers listed.  Approximately 20% of make up taxicabs and Aerobuses. The remaining 4% reflect the rare ones such as Superbas, UPS or Medi-Cars.

Checker Listing Breakout

A10 Superba 1
A11 Taxicab 18
A11e  Taxicab Extended Wheelbase 3
A12 Marathon 89
A12e Marathon Extended Wheelbase 10
A12w Marathon Wagon 27
A12w6 2
A12w8 16
A11e UPS 1
A12e15 Aerobus 15 3
A12eMediCar 1

 

1970 Aerobus listed on EBAY 1970  $                          25,000.00
1977 Checker Marathon (Santee) 1977  na
1979 Checker Marathon (RARE!) A12E extended wheelbase 1979  $                            7,800.00
1965 Checker Marathon TAXI CAB – $19995 (Burlingame) 1965  $                          19,995.00

 

 

Classic 1974 Checker Marathon – $4500 (Bullhead City) 1974  $                            4,500.00
1982 Checker Marathon A12 1982  $                            2,025.00
1978 Checker A12 in Haverhill, Massachusetts 1978  na
1969 CHECKER MARATHON WAGON 1969  $                            8,295.00

1975 CHECKER CAB 1975  $                            6,494.00
1977 Checker Marathon 1977  na
Original 1982 Chicago Checker Taxi 1982  na
1978 Checker Marathon A112 FI Resto-Mod Taxi – $12250 1978  $                          12,250.00

1968 checker (diesel) Georgia car – $5000 (W NH) 1968  $                            5,000.00
1966 Checker Marathon Wagon on Ebay 1966  $                          13,500.00
1969 Checker Cab Perkins Diesel W/parts car – $1500 (North Pole, Alaska) 1969  $                            1,500.00
Checker Marathon – $15000 (Swartz Creek,Mi.) 1982  $                          15,000.00

1976 Checker Marathon – $9500 (VA Beach) 1976  $                            9,500.00
Checker Auction 1965 Wagon 1965  $                            1,085.00
EBAY Auction 1970 Checker Marathon 1970  na
1981 Checker Cab $7000.00 1981  $                            7,000.00

 

 

Checker Wagon on Ebay! 1972  $                            2,172.00
1975 Checker Marathon in Queensbury , New York 1975  na
1969 Checker Marathon Wagon Hood River, Oregon $14,500.00 1969  $                          14,500.00
1978 Checker Marathon – $8000 (Beaufort, South Carolina) 1978  $                            8,000.00

UK Based Aerobus For Sale 1969  16000 UK Pounds
1977 Checker Marathon Ozone Park, New York  $1500 1977  $                            1,500.00
Bring a Trailer Auction End March 5th 1969 Checker Marathon Wagon 1969  $                          33,000.00
1965 Checker Marathon Auction on EBAY 1965  na

1982 Checker A12 Marathon Limousine  Ebay 1982  na
1964 Checker Marathon Wagon on Ebay 1964  $                3,500.00
1969 Checker Marathon Model A12E Long Wheel Base Best Offer 1969  na
1978 Checker Marathon 1978  na

1979 Checker Taxi with a glove box door signed by Jay Leno – $6900 (Canton) 1979  $                6,900.00
1971 Checker Marathon Taxi Cab – $15000 (Johnstown Pa.) 1971  $             15,000.00
78 checker marathon – $10000 (Airway Heights) 1978  $             10,000.00
1978 Checker Marathon on Ebay 1978  na

1964 Checker Station wagon Hills, ON  $22,000 1964  $             22,000.00
1965 Checker Car Co 93k MILES!!, Final Chance! OBO – $5500 (burlington, wa) 1965  $                5,500.00
Checker Aerobus For Sale  na
CLASSIC CHECKER CAR FOR SALE – $4500 1979  $                4,500.00

1968 Checker Marathon for Sale 1968  $             11,000.00
Rare Checker A12e Long Wheelbase For Sale 1982  $                1,200.00
1964 Checker Marathon For Sale (Nine Mile Falls, Washington) 1964  $                5,500.00
1970 Checker Marathon (Salem, Oregon) 1970  $                2,500.00

1971 Checker Aerobus For Sale 1971  $                4,500.00
1967 Checker Marathon Wagon For Sale 1967  $                4,500.00
1980 Checker Marathon For Sale Conn. 1980  na
1968 Checker Marathon A12W For Sale 1968  $                3,500.00

New York Checker Cab: Marathon V6 3.8L   For Sale $18,000.00 1982  $ 18,000.00
Custom 1963 Checker Marathon Wagon For Sale $9500 1963  $                9,500.00
Checker Aero Bus For Sale $20,000 1968  $             20,000.00
1978 Checker Cab For Sale Poulsbo, Washington State. 1978  $                3,500.00

For Sale on Ebay- NO RESERVE – 1976 Checker Marathon. 1976  $                6,000.00
1973 Checker Marathon Wagon For Sale Asking $2000.00 1973  $                2,000.00
1970 Checker Aerobus Limousine – $4500 (Winston Salem) 1970  $                4,500.00
1966 Checker A12E For Sale 1966  na

Checker A11 Taxicab For Sale  $                1,000.00
1978 Checker Marathon For Sale 1978  $                4,250.00
Rare Checker Diesel Prototype For Sale $2600 or Best Offer 1979  $                2,600.00
Surge Checker Number 28 For Sale 1982  na

Original Owner 1973 Checker Propane Wagon For Sale  (Colorado) 1973  Best Offer
SUPER RARE 1969 “famous” Checker Aerobus for sale! – $7500 (Clearwater) 1969  $                7,500.00
1976 Checker Taxi For Sale $14000.00 Raymond, New Hampshire 1976  $             14,500.00
1965 Checker Marathon For Sale Kingwood, Texas 1965  Best Offer

1967 Checker Aerobus for Sale 1967  $             24,000.00
1965 Checker Wagon For Sale 1965  $                7,500.00
1973 Checker Marathon For Sale 1973  $                5,500.00
1969 Checker Medi-Car for Sale in Lawrence, Mass. Best Offer 1969  $                1,000.00

1979 Checker  in Michigan For Sale 1979  $             11,000.00
1965 Checker Marathon for Sale 1965  $             30,000.00
1982 Checker Marathon for Sale 1982  $             22,500.00
1981 Checker For Sale 1981  Best Offer

1965 Checker For Sale 1965  Best Offer
1970 Checker for Sale 1970  $             24,995.00
Two California Checker For Sale a 1977  Best Offer
Two California Checker For Sale b 1972  Best Offer

San Jose Checker For Sale 1979  Best Offer
Washington State 65 Checker For Sale 1965  Best Offer
EBAY 1976 Checker For Sale Buy it Now $15000.00 1976  $             15,000.00
1967 Checker For Sale 1967  $                2,500.00

Checker for sale – best offer – $2000 (brookline) Unknown  $                2,000.00
1966 Checker For Sale New York 1966  $             11,000.00
1976 Checker For Sale 1976  Best Offer
1979 Checker For Sale in New Mexico 1979  Best Offer

1977 Checker For Sale $9950.00 1976  $                9,950.00
1961 Checker Superba Clearwater Fleet` 1961  $                2,500.00
Checker Wagon Clearwater Fleet Unknown  $                4,000.00
1964 Checker Marathon Wagon (Bronze) 1964  Best Offer

 1965 Checker Marathon Wagon (Blue) 1965  Best Offer
1969 Checker Marathon (Tan) 1969  Best Offer
1979 Checker A-11 (White) 1979  Best Offer
1973 Checker Marathon 1973  $                   500.00

 

1975 Checker Marrathon 1975  Best Offer
1969 Checker Marathon 1969  $                3,201.00
1966 Checker Aerobus 1966  Best Offer
1969 Checker Aerobus 1969  $             29,995.00

 

1970 Checker Marathon Taxi (destroyed in fire Summer 2017) 1970  $                9,750.00
1968 Checker Marathon 1968  Auction
1982 Checker A12E Marathon Limousine  Ebay 1982  $             21,900.00
1978 Checker Marathon 1978  Auction

1968 Checker Wagon 1968  $                9,000.00
1978 Checker A11 Custom Hot Rod 1978  $             22,500.00
1970 Checker Aerobus 1970  $                6,000.00
1966 Checker Marathon Wagon 1966  $             17,000.00

1982 Checker Marathon Custom 50’s Car 1982  $             11,000.00
1982 Checker Marathon 1982  $                        0.01
1979 Checker Marathon 1979  $                      23.00
1969 Checker Aerobus Custom Pickup 1969  $                2,800.00

 

1968 Checker Aerobus 1968  $             28,000.00
1973 Checker Aerobus 1973  $             12,500.00
Aerobus 15 Sedan Back 1976  $             25,000.00
1980 Checker Diesel 1980  $             12,000.00

 

1965 Checker Wagon SOLD 1965  $                2,700.00
Checker Marathon Winkoff Unknown  $                7,000.00
Checker Marathon 1966  Best Offer
Checker Marathon 1966  $                1,500.00

 

Checker Marathon 1981  $                8,500.00
Checker Marathon 1969  $                1,000.00
Checker A11e 1975  $                2,800.00
Checker A11 e 1978  Best Offer

Checker A12 Custom Pickup 1969  $             22,750.00
1976 Checker Marathon 1976  $                6,000.00
Checker Marathon Outlaw Race Car 1970  $                1,350.00
Checker Marathon Golden Anniversary 1972  $             10,450.00

 

1960 Checker Superba Wagon 1960  $                   400.00
1976 Checker A12815 1976  $                1,000.00
Checker Winkoff unknown  $                   500.00
Checker A12E Limo unknown  $                   500.00

1967 Checker Wagon 1967  $                   500.00
Checker Aerobus For Sale unknown  $                 1000.00
Checker El Camino Prototype (Now Crushed) Unknown  na
1968 Checker Wagon 1968  $                   500.00

 

Checker UPS Package Car Unknown  $ 1000.00
Checker “Playboy” Aerobus   (Now Crushed) Unknown  $ 0.01
1967 Checker Wagon 1967  $                   500.00
1967 Checker Marathon 1967  $                   500.00

Checker Marathon Eagle Raceway  (now crushed) Unknown  $                        0.01
1976 Checker A12815  “57 Chevy Conversion” 1976  $                1,000.00
Checker Marathon Yellow Taxi   (now crushed) Unknown  $                        0.01
Checker Wagon (now crushed) Unknown  $                        0.01

Checker “Bell Transportation”  (now crushed) Unknown  $                        0.01
Checker “Alabama Rock Group  “The Hang Out”    (now crushed) Unknown  $                        0.01
Checker A12E Unknown  $                   500.00
Checker 6 Door Aerobus  (now crushed) Unknown  $                        0.01

Checker A12E “white” Unknown  $                        0.01
Checker A12E “yellow” Unknown  $                        0.01
1967 Checker Wagon “green and white two tone” 1967  $                   500.00
Checker A12E Unknown  $                   500.00

 

Checker Marathon “White” Post 1973 Unknown $ 0.01
Checker 8 Door Aerobus “black” Unknown $ 0.01
Checker 8 Door Aerobus “white” Unknown  $ 0.01
Checker Marathon “gray” Post 1973 Unknown  $500.00

Checker A11 Seattle Aristo Cab 1982  $                        0.01
1969 Checker Marathon A12W Ebay Auction 1969 $2,950
1981 Checker Marathon ( Calif car no Rust ) PROMS Start your business!! 1981 $28,000.00
Checker Taxi Marathon Car Motors 1970 1965 – $6000 1970 $6,000.00

 

 

Clearwater Cab 00 Unknown $5,000.00
Clearwater Cab 50 Unknown $5,000.00
Clearwater Cab 60 Unknown $5,000.00
Clearwater Cab 80 Unknown $5,000.00

Surge #24 A11 Checker Cab, 1977 For Sale 1977 $1,950.00
Classic Car Checker Motor Co. – $6500 (Broomfield) 1973 $6,500.00
1966 Checker Marathon (Illinois) 1966 $500.00
Clearwater Cab Winkoff Unknown $3,000.00

1966 Checker A12W Wagon. $2,500 1966 $2,500.00
1981 Checker Marathon – $8000 1981 $8,000
1981 Checker Marathon – $3500 (Clearwater Taxicab 40) 1981 $3,500.00
1964 checker marathon a-12 for leader or skidsteer (Fernley) 1964 Best Offer