In the late 70’s as a result of the energy crisis, General Motors would develop new power plants that utilized diesel fuel. Between 1978 and 1985, GM produced three versions of a diesel engine: a 5.7 litre V8 1978-85, a 4.3 litre V8 in 1979, and a 4.3 litre V6 1982-1985.
In May of 1979, Checker Engineering Memo announced that for the 1980 model years Checker would again offer a diesel powered Checker. The memo also indicated that four prototypes were in production to fulfill production order number 681 thru 684. In calendar year 1979 Checker produced 139 taxis as 1980 models. In calendar year 1980 Checker reduced diesel production to only 77 units.
Currently up for sale is one of the prototypes. According to owner Mark Jaimeson, the car is in great condition. The only thing done to the body was the top front fender seams were welded by the original owner in the early 80s and included some paint to match. Interior is untouched. Contact Mark at Phone # 517-474-4711. Full documentation available.