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Once again we return to the streets of the Island Of Old Car Survivors, and look at what we've spotted today! Yes, folks, that there car is a Checker Marathon in a color other than yellow.

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Some folks grumble about cars that stay the same year after year, but you never heard that complaint aimed at the Marathon.

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The Marathon's body remained essentially unchanged from 1960 through 1982, and anyone who can determine the year of this one from these photos is encouraged to let us know.

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What did change was the drivetrain; up until '64, a 226-cube six from the Continental Motor Corporation was used, then a choice of Chevrolet powerplants (sixes and small-block V8s) could be had after that. Some Marathons also got Chrysler V8s during the mid-60s.

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For many years, the Checker Marathon was the American taxicab. Sturdy, simple, and with a steamer-trunk-ready monster trunk, the Marathon did the job asked of it, and did it well.

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This one parks in the wealthy Gold Coast neighborhood of Alameda, where it looks somewhat out of place among the high-end German iron you see parked near it.

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The taillight design looks positively industrial, and we mean that in a good way. We want to see a heads-up drag race between this thing and an old Black London Cab.

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This might be just the vehicle for a Detroit Diesel Series 60 swap- run it on beef tallow and you'd have the World's Fastest Meat-Powered Car!

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MarionCobretti
MarionCobretti

@Mark-S:

No, you don't need therapy. You need some time, some money, and an old Marathon. I think a Marathon would be crazy cool hot rodded in the "billetproof" style that Jalopnik showcased yesterday. Do it up in flat black, maybe with a vintage 1950's "FirePower" Hemi, some whitewalls, and some pinstriping, and I think you'd have a pretty cool ride. And, as dculberson pointed out, you'd have way more back seat room than most hot rods.