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Despite Scrapping Dozens of Cars, Checker Replica Effort Still in Progress

Posted October 10, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Over the years, cab companies have sent entire fleets of Checker taxis — worn out to the brink of literally falling apart, rusted, and scavenged for parts to keep other cabs ticking — to the crusher. So it goes. But the recent decommissioning of a fleet of about two dozen Checkers in Massachusetts has lit a controversy in the Checker collector community and led some to question the future of the effort to resurrect the Checker brand.

Steve Contarino, head of Checker Motor Cars in Haverhill, Massachusetts, said he disposed of as many as 40 vintage Checkers last month as part of a renovation of his building on Haverhill’s Research Drive, from which he also runs Adamson Industries, which outfits lighting and emergency equipment on public safety vehicles.

“We’re deleting parts cars that are too far gone for restoration,” he said.

Well this scrapping has raised a few eyebrows about the genuineness of the promised return of Checker.

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