Remember the old Perry Como jingle: Letters We Get Letters? We do, but we don’t get letters at the Checker
Cab Group Blog, all we get are emails and Facebook messages. At least Checker Cab Manufacturing did receive fan letters back from the 1956 through 1958 period. These great letters can be found in the online club archive and library. A link can be found at the bottom of this blog.
Checker produced a brochure for the newly introduced Checker Model A9, as part of the sales campaign in 1958. The published brochure reprinted about 60 letters Checker received from Checker Model A8 buyers and taxicab operators. The following are excerpts of the letter published by Checker.
it. We have 9 units in operation—with standard transmissions and power brakes. The 18 months we have run them we have run up mileages of about 75000 each. Right now we have an average of about 15 miles per gallon gas in the city”
In the late 1950’s automatic transmission was not a proven concept in commercial service, the letter below says otherwise
of 150,000 miles to date. Ring jobs were begun around 90,000 miles. automatic transmissions in taxicab service is no longer a questionable item—it has been proved in service.”
William Gerard appreciated the frankness of staff in Brookline
|Owen Kenny of Brooklyn loved his Checker Model G so much he bought a Checker Model A8 in 1956|
Model G. Interesting to note that Kenny’s Checker Model G entered second hand service in 1933 and ran for another 300,000 miles. One can only imagine what that cab would have looked like after running 700,000 miles!
“Having owned and operated Checker Cabs for the past 25 years, I am certainly in a good position to express a sound opinion on your present Model A-8. We have good memory. We owned one of the original “iron horses” with the hand crank in the front. What a wonderful car that was! The Model “G” Checker already had 400,000 miles on it when we bought it and after a motor job, we ran it for another 300,000 miles. It was still a good car when we sold it. We can truthfully say that the present
A-8 Checker stands up favorably when compared with the older models for durability and low cost maintenance.”
consumer car’s introduction in 1960. The letter below is from a private citizen not a taxi operator and references the Motor Trend Magazine article from April 1956 “Checking Out The Checker”.
I was first attracted to investigate the Checker Automobile as a result of a feature article in a magazine which identified the Checker as “an ideal car for the large family………………………..since delivery last April, it has demonstrated again and again its utilitarian value………….After a most satisfactory trip to Minnesota we added an extra passenger upon our return to Pittsburgh in two days with luggage for eight in the trunk (no roof rack required). This demonstrated the points I have made to numerous curiosity seekers, “The Checker car gives the same seating capacity as a large station wagon and in addition gives normal truck space.”
|J.R. Felmier read the April 1956 issue of Motor Trend and then bought an A8|
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