Superba

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About Superba

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  • Birthday 01/17/1960

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    Avid collector of Checker Cab
  1. You are correct. Checker claimed that damaged vehicles could be repaired and put back in service in minutes. Even with full fenders on new models they could be changed out in less than 30 minutes. Some fenders could also be interchanged on other newer Checker models. This allowed cab companies to deplete their entire obsolete inventory. Its impossible to find any single headlight fenders as all left overs were eventually used on dual headlight cars. The key to pre 1960 survival: 1. After taxi service they were purchased as props for movie production 2. After taxi service purchased by a farmer and put into farm service (tractor conversion) 3. Original owner did not use as a taxi 4. Original special body use (Hearse) or tow truck conversion for the taxi fleet.
  2. I don't know. Jim Garrison of Checker Motors Corporation gave me the photo about two years ago. I am guessing somewhere in PA. since many Checker Ambulances were sold and operated by Checker of Philadelphia. Here's one more video....my collection:
  3. Great thread! I own 5 vintage Checker. Why are they forgotten? 1. These cars were purpose built workhorses, essentially personal subway cars. In many ways its really hard to view these vehicles as cars 2. Given 99.9% were produced for the taxi market, they were run till the wheels fell off. 3. Once the wheels fell off, they were used for parts and scrapped. How many are left? I have documented 30 vehicles/buses/taxi survivors built between 1922 and 1960. Here is a little 8 minute video you might find interesting