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1954 Checker Taxicab [A6]

1954 Checker Taxicab [A6] in The Harder They Fall, Movie, 1956 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: US

1954 Checker Taxicab [A6]

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superba US

2007-11-04 18:26

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This vehicle was carrying the main charactor

Buc84 US

2007-11-04 19:24

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Very interesting. I've never seen one like this before,only the later (Superba/Marathon style)ones?

Raul1983 FI

2007-11-04 19:54

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We had this kind of cabs in Finland. In early 1950's Finland was still poor and most of the cars on the road were very old. In 1952 Olympic games were to be held in Helsinki so things had to change. As a quick fix it was decided to import 500 used Checker cabs from Chicago so that the city streets would look more modern. This was a terrible failure. The cabs which we received were bought too cheap and were well worn out because of the harsh climate of Chicago. Only one of the cabs was brand new. The cabs disappeared quickly from the streets and the Checker name got very bad reputation in Finland for many years. Of the 500 cars bought only one remains now in usable condition and several others in unrestored condition can be found throughout country.

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superba US

2007-11-14 14:29

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Checker made taxi's from 1922 to 1982. This particular body style was made from 1947 to 1954 with three facelifts during production. I own the only known 1950 A4 in North America. If I can find parts they are typically from the Chicago fleet in Finland. Pretty funny that I have to source parts for an American car in Filand!

ngdimola US

2011-02-11 20:01

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I love these things. I have an American Express magazine advertisement with a photo almost identical to yours. I also found an original taxi cab meter from 1956 (http://tinyurl.com/4hstbr4). Thanks for sharing. --Nick

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