The Model A is launched in June 1939 with the first one hitting the streets of New York in January 1940. The car had an innovative disappearing top, a daringly designed front end and a Continental Red Seal Six engine.
Parmelee of New York ordered 2,000 model A taxis in 1940. The price of each is $1,572. DeSoto introduced the Skyview taxi the same year at a cost of $1,395.
Checker also creates 3 Jeep vehicles for the Army in 1940 as part of its war effort.
In 1941, Checker builds 2,500 Model A taxis. No more are built after that due to the switch to wartime production.