This ’77 Checker Was Once a Taxi, Now a Pickup Truck
There’s a common trend in the custom car world: take a classic car, add a big motor, and turn it into a hot rod. It’s a tried and true way to get your car noticed, but the owner of this eye-catcher is proving there’s a different way… and it includes sawzalling off the back of your car. This 1977 Checker has been sliced, chopped and grafted with the tail end of a modern Ford Ranger pickup truck. It’s a bit odd to say the least, especially with a Packard swan hood ornament out front, but there’s no denying its utility. And if this fills a whole in your life, you’re in luck. It’s up for sale on eBay. RELATED: Someone Turned This '04 Monte Carlo into a Modern El Camino!
Details are few, but the listing does reveal one rather noteworthy point – its taxi roots. This Checker was built as an A11 model, which signifies its taxi designation, rather than an A12, which would signify a Marathon civilian model. With that history in mind, its back seat has probably seen quite a few travelers over the years… but likely just one truck bed.
Up front, the later-model Checker retains its standard Chevrolet 250ci straight-six, which mates to a Turbo-Hydramatic automatic transmission. Straight-line performance likely won’t be inspiring, though it should prove a capable cargo hauler. You could say it even looks quite stately from the back.
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