Recently Internet Checker Taxicab Archive member Chris Monier of France posted on the club Facebook page “A few years ago , while restoring my partition on a 1981 Checker Cab , I took the partition out of the cab for painting and thought about trying to shoot at it with my 30 X 30 Winchester…and sadly to report …the bullet went through like butter!! Ok for avoiding a knife threatening attack but not bullet proof! Chris added that he “left the hole in the partition for its NYC ambiance”.
In a 1972 Checker advertisement, Checker dealt with this very issue. The introduction paints a very dire picture on the Taxi industry. The ad presents “Things are tough all over. Remember when all you had to worry about was impossible traffic, unbelievable hours and unsympathetic lawmen? Now it’s a matter of survival!”
The copy then introduces Checker’s survival plan: The lifeguard partition. The advertisement claims that “Checker has designed and engineered the Life-Guard partition. Floor to ceiling. Side to side, Bullet-resistant. Made of ‘space-age’ Lexan and aluminum armor, it’s the first truly fail-safe partition ever made”.
According to John Logan former Checker plant General Manager and Checker Cab Club Facebook member “I worked in the trim shop at Checker when the first bullet proof partition was built. We were ready to install it when Morris Markin asked, if we had shot it? We sent it to a local sports shop to be tested & it failed. Back to the drawing board. A week later we had one that passed the bullet test. The rest is history.”
So is the partition really bullet proof? We have two perspectives, the word of the CMC engineer John Logan and Checker owner Chris Monier.
I need partition for my taxicab service for covid 19 protection I want the price thank you sincerely Jean
Jean, these have not been made in almost 40 years. This is not a business/going concern, we’re a historical archive or internet museum. We don’t sell partitions. Sorry