<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E

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The last Checker Cab in active service in New York City
1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"
Chassis no. A11299882936E

Sold for US$ 7,700 inc. premium
1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"
Chassis no. A11299882936E
230ci OHV Inline-6 Cylinder Engine
Single Zenith Downdraft Carburetor
140bhp at 4,400rpm
3-Speed Automatic Transmission
Independent coil spring front and longitudinal leaf spring rear suspension
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes

*The last Checker Cab in active service in New York City
*Fewer than 1 million miles on the odometer
*Preserved in 'as retired' condition
*Over $12,000 in recent service
*A piece of New York history


THE CHECKER MARATHON

The long lived Checker Marathon Cab was the latest in a series that had been provided by the Kalamazoo Company since 1922. Over the course of 60 years more than 250,000 cabs rolled off the production line. The most famous series built was the A9, which Checker matched with civilian versions badged as the Superba or later Marathon. A combination of practicality, more austere economic times and the fact that it became something of an icon, meant that in place of a regular facelift each year Checker set out to produce a cab that was easier to keep on the road with long term and interchangeable parts supply.

Its longevity was definitely helped by the fact that a Checker cab was used in New York City and that meant any movie set in that metropolis invariably put any number of these cabs on the big screen. More than ubiquitous they became an icon that was associated with the city, from Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys to Robert De Niro's famous Taxi Driver and even Macaulay Culkin arriving Home Alone in New York, the cab was always there.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Checker ceased production of Marathon Taxi in 1982 and hard lived lives of taxi cabs combined with the consolidation of taxi from owner-operated cabs to mass fleets meant fewer and fewer graced the streets, replaced by Chevy Caprices and Ford Crown Victorias. There are always holdouts though, and Earl Johnson and his taxi 'Janie' would end up being the longest lived ones.

Johnson acquired 'Janie' in 1978 and during their 21 years together would drive countless New Yorkers, tourists, and celebrities including Jacqueline Onassis, Muhammad Ali, Elizabeth Arden, and Walter Cronkite. Driven nearly a million miles and going through three engines, 'Janie' carried fares a few blocks or—on one occasion—to Ithaca, New York some 225 miles away. By 1999, the hard life of daily taxi use had taken its toll though and 'Janie' was officially decommissioned by the Taxi and Limousine Commission on July 26, 1999 at a ceremony in Times Square. Profiled in a New York Times article the day after her retirement, 'Janie' sold at auction for $134,500 in December of 1999.

The present owner acquired 'Janie' in 2006. In 'as used' condition, she is preserved in the same shape as when she last carried passengers. In 2013 a thorough mechanical overhaul was undertaken with a rebuild of the steering mechanism, heater, and brakes system—the latter including new rear cylinders, new brake lines, new rear differential seal and oil. Additionally, the fuel system was flushed and new lines were installed, a new water pump and thermostat were fitted in addition to new radiator hoses and fan belts. Finally, the electrical system was refreshed with a new alternator and wiring harness ensuring that all of the taxi lights and meter are now operational.

Now several generations removed from the Nissans that ply the streets as the new 'official' New York cabs, the Checker still stands out as the taxi cab of the 20th century—and 'Janie' is the last of the breed to actively due her duty carrying passengers in New York City.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, the model year for this taxi is 1978 and it is presently fitted with a GM 3800-series 230ci V6, not an inline six. Please note that the correct year for this vehicle is 1978 and its title is in transit.
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<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
<b>1965 Checker Marathon Taxi "Janie"  </b><br />Chassis no. A11299882936E
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