The Model G was offered for 1927 along with the Model F. Although both the Model G and Model F were still utilizing the Partin-Palmer foundation, balloon tires gave the Model G a new, taller stance. Two new bodies were offered for the Model G, a limousine sedan and a landaulet taxicab. The four-cylinder Buda engine was again standard equipment, with a six-cylinder Buda engine available with the 127-inch wheelbase.
The limousine sedan body allowed Checker to enter other markets beyond the standard taxicab market that Checker had dominated for five years. Being a sedan the driver was completely enclosed within the interior compartment and no longer was exposed to the weather. Additionally the limousine was available with a full front bench seat, a first for Checker. According to the brochure the new sedan offered an: aristocratic appearance of a private chauffeur driven car. Additionally the brochure claims that the Checker G: gives the luxury-loving public the features they demands.
There is only one known Model G survivor. Little is known about this survivor, it first came on the Checker radar about ten years ago. When on the market ten years ago, it appeared to be a pickup truck conversion, which sadly limited its ability to be restored as a taxi.
That said more recent pictures of the sole survivor have turned up and in one photo it appears that the rear section has been repatriated with the Model G. The photo also appears to indicate that the center divider is intact. Mounted to the center divider one can see the cab rear window and it appears to be from the original roof section of the Model G. Rear doors and the roof are still missing.
The Model G body utilize a manufactured wood frame with metal cladding. Given this, it appears that the survivor could be brought back to its manufactured glory. A new frame could be assembled by any automotive restorer who specializes in wood bodies. The wood doors and roof could also be remade based on the surviving front doors used as templates. The rear interior tub and metal cladding could be put back onto a new wood frame. Would it be expensive? Probably, but it appears that’s what the new owner may have in mind.
The picture demonstrate significant improvements over the last ten years. Note the new chromed radiator. And the wheels and balloon tire have been restored. It looks like the current owner has big plans. We wish him luck and hope we can report more good news about this challenging Checker restoration of a very rare Checker.
To check out the complete Checker Model G brochure click on the link below.