Checker A-11 and A-12 models were produced over a 20-year period until the decision to stop making cars and taxis was made in 1982.

 

During those 20 years, many minor and major changes were made to help revive the brand. Unfortunately, there was never enough money to create a brand new model. Some of the more significant events were as follows:

 

1962: Checker Town Custom Limousine is introduced (A-11E)

 

1962: 3,000 private vehicles are sold to the public

 

1963: 7,050 cars & taxis are built

 

1964: Engines switched to Chevrolet from Continental

 

1966: 5,761 cars 7 taxis are built

 

1968: Perkin diesel engines are offered

 

1968: Roof and windshield are raised 2 inches

 

1969: Checker Medicar is introduced

 

1970: Morris Markin dies

 

1972: Prison version of Aerobus is introduced

 

1974: A-12W8 Aerobus and A-12 Wagon are discontinued

 

1976: A-128E Aerobus discontinued

 

1976: Ed Cole buys 50% of Checker

 

1977: Oldsmobile diesel engines are offered

 

1977: Ed Cole is killed in a plane crash

 

1980: Chevy V-6 engine is offered

 

1981: Only 3,100 cars are produced. Company loses close to $500K

 

1982: Last Checker rolls off the assembly line on July 12th