1970 Checker Marathon Sedan

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  • Stock Number: 171040
  • Make: Checker
  • Model: Marathon
  • Transmission: Automatic transmission
  • Miles: 35,933
  • VIN: A12578801204A
  • Title: Clear

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1970 Checker Marathon Sedan 

  • One of only 397 non-taxicabs Checker made in 1970
  • Marketed as a passenger car for consumers, as opposed to the similar Taxi
  • Correct optional GM 250HP 350 CID V-8 engine with two-barrel carburetor
  • Dual-range automatic transmission and 3.31 gearing
  • National Ivory exterior and red interior (code 26-52)
  • Air-conditioning, power steering and four-wheel drum brakes
  • Sold new in Mansfield Missouri on November 17th 1969
  • Remained in Missouri since new with only two owners
  • Included with the original owners manual, original service certificate and original parts list

Hoping to be like actors Judd Hirsch, Tony Danza or Jeff Conaway from the 70s-80s sitcom “Taxi” when you take the wheel of a classic car? MotoeXotica Classic Cars has a car that could go a long way toward accomplishing that – a 1970 Checker Marathon sedan. This particular example was made in October 1969 at Checker’s factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan and it was delivered to R.D Harris of Mansfield Missouri on November 17th 1969. It was one of the only 397 non-taxicabs Checker produced that year and this one is equipped with the optional 250HP 350 GM v8!

In all the history of the automobile, there are few more recognizable models than the venerable Checker Marathon. If you rode in a taxicab in the second half of the 20th century, chances are good you rode in a Checker. What’s even more interesting is that you couldn’t easily tell if the Checker you were riding in had been built in the 1960s, ’70s, or the early 1980s — the cars simply never changed very much. Like a shark — or maybe a cockroach, depending on your point of view — the Checker Marathon was perfectly evolved to survive in its environment.

Now finished in National Ivory, this car’s paint and trim are in overall good condition but there are some paint blemishes visible on the trunk. The car’s windows are clear and crack-free while its lights are intact and haze-free.

This would-be taxicab rolls on Michelin X whitewall tires; size P215/75R15 at all four corners. Each tire surrounds ivory steel wheels with factory caps. The car’s bodywork is straight and solid and the trunk is in good order despites its age and there is a full-sized spare tire included. The engine bay is tidy, the battery appears new and the bumpers fit well to the car’s body.

Under that hood is the optional General Motors’ 350 CID small-block V-8 engine with a two-barrel carburetor producing 250HP. It is mated to a dual-range automatic transmission and backed by a 3.31:1 rear end. Driver convenience features include air-conditioning and power steering.

Inside, the red vinyl (code 26-52) interior is in overall good order. The red bench seats are in very good condition, while the gray carpet is in good order. The contrasting light headliner is in fair order. The red metal instrument panel is in very good order and maintains that 1960s vibe, however the fuel gauge is inoperable. The two-spoke steering wheel and locking column look great and are straight out of the Chevrolet parts bin. The inner door panels, mirror glass and shift lever are all in good order. Completing the interior is a factory AM radio.

Included with the original owners manual, original service certificate, hard to find original factory wiring diagrams and original factory parts list.

The Marathon was introduced in September 1960 for the 1961 model year, alongside, and later superseding, the Checker Superba Custom and differing from the Superba with its better interior appointments. The exterior of the Marathon had a full-width egg-crate grille, differing from the Superba’s narrower grille and inboard parking lights.

With the exceptions of United States Government-mandated five-mph bumpers in 1974 and ongoing mechanical changes, the Marathon remained virtually unchanged during its 21-year production run. However, Checker did comply with all safety and emissions requirements while in production.

The final Marathon was manufactured in 1982, when Checker exited the automobile manufacturing business. The company continued operations for an additional 27 years producing body stampings for General Motors, Ford and Chrysler, until January 2009, when it entered bankruptcy liquidation as a result of the downturn in the American auto industry.

Notably, the Marathon’s front suspension A-frames interchange with those of a 1956 Ford. The engines used were originally Continental-built L-head inline-sixes (OHV units for the wagons), but these were exchanged for Chevrolet sixes and small-block V8s for the 1965 model year. These continued to change as Chevrolet introduced modifications, peaking with the 1969 L-48 350 V-8, which produced 300 horsepower.

Checker did not have a nationwide dealer network and sold most of its production for fleet service. Police departments, most notably in Kalamazoo, where Checker had its factory, also bought Marathons.

Competition to this Checker in 1970 included AMC’s Ambassador sedan, Buick LeSabre’s sedan, Chevrolet’s Impala sedan, Dodge’s Coronet sedan, Ford’s Galaxie and Torino sedans, Mercury’s Montego sedan, Oldsmobile’s Delta 88 sedan and Pontiac’s Catalina sedan.

This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 35,933 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!

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VIN: A12578801204A

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Asking Price: Miles: 35,933 VIN: A12578801204A
Year: 1970 Make: Checker Model: Marathon
Title: Clear Warranty: No Condition: Used
Options: Engine: 350 V-8 Transmission: Automatic transmission
Body: Sedan Doors: 4 Doors Stock Number: 171040
Lot Number: Exterior: National Ivory Interior: Red
Call Motoexotica: 636-600-4600 Ebay Listing: View on Ebay Sold to:

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