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Checker A11 (1980)

Checker A11 (1980)

For 30 years the Checker cab patrolled the streets of Manhattan, and for more than four decades it's been shown in nearly every bit of TV and movie footage about New York. Checker started producing cabs back in 1956 and they were liked because of their rugged build quality, large interior and basic functionality. The All made its debut in 1963 and came in either a 120-inch (3.05m) or 129-inch (3.28m) wheelbase with a ultra-strong steel chassis with X-brace. Wishbones and stiff coils up front plus uprated leaf springs out back kept the suspension simple, and while most cars had drum brakes only, later versions did get front discs. In the 1950s the standard engine was a 226ci (3,703cc) straight six, but later the Chevy small-block was chosen, often set up to run on propane. Huge fenders with overriders kept cars and pedestrians at bay, while the rear had room for eight passengers.

Checker A11 (1980) Specifications

Top speed:98 mph (157 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):15.5 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:305 ci (4,998 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:155 bhp (116 kW) @ 3,800 rpm
Max torque:250 lb ft (339 Nm) @ 2,400 rpm
Weight:3,830 lb (1,740 kg)
Economy:15 mpg (5.31 km/I)
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