Maxwell Family Collection

1979 Checker Marathon Taxi



Chevrolet Inline 6


3-Speed Auto


55,541 miles

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Interior Color



(412) 850-8025

Vehicle Description

Fewer than 2000 Checker Marathons are said to exist today, due to their heavy duty work, famously as New York City taxicabs. This example was originally a personal vehicle of the president of the Yellow Cab Company, and has been preserved as an important part of automotive history. Marathon is an appropriate name for a vehicle with a truck-like body on frame construction and drivetrain components designed for high performance vehicles and trucks. The Turbo 400 automatic transmission and Dana 60 rear end are more than a match for the thrifty Chevrolet inline 6. Long hours of operation are easier with power steering and power front disc brakes. Actual taxi equipment including the Rockwell fare meter and Motorola two-way radio remain on board. The paint is Yellow Cab Yellow with authentic taxicab graphics. The cab rides on fresh Hankook white stripe radials. Many have asked for a no-frills car designed for durability. From 1961 to 1982 that car was the Checker Marathon. See the detailed photos at

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Vehicle Features

  • Original Owner was President of Yellow Cab Co. for personal use
  • Less than 2000 are known to exist today
  • Chevrolet Inline 6 cylinder Engine
  • Turbo 400 Automatic Transmission
  • Dana 60 Rear Axle
  • Power Front Disc Brakes
  • Power Steering
  • Genuine Rockwell Fare Meter
  • Genuine Motorola Two-Way Radio
  • Yellow Cab Exterior Paint with Authentic Graphics
  • Black Vinyl Interior
  • Hankook White Stripe Radial Tires
  • Odometer reads 55541

*MAXmotive specializes in collectible classic and custom vehicles. We have more than 200 vehicles in our collection and have sold dozens nationwide and even overseas. We recommend that all buyers who are unable to view a vehicle in person have a pre-purchase inspection done prior to purchase. Inspections can be performed by an independent party selected by the buyer. Due to the age and uniqueness of these special vehicles, it is difficult to cover all aspects and characteristics of each vehicle’s condition within the limited space available. Thus, pre-purchase inspections are helpful to all parties involved. The information provided for this vehicle is presented to the best of our knowledge, and is deemed reliable. But MAXmotive does not warrant or guarantee this information as a basis for purchase. It is the responsibility of the buyer to make a thorough inspection to determine the suitability of the vehicle prior to purchase.

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