I really hate to be a classic car vulture, but when I see an advertisement like this next one, I feel a tingle on the back of my featherless head. All of these cars are offered for basic sub $7k asking prices and all seem to be not more than a good weekend of wrenching away from driving home. Because that is the dream — fly in to buy a car for cheap in a distant town, fix it on the side of the road and drive it home. Find this collection of “Antique Car sell offs” for $3700-to-$6900, 70s Vista Cruiser, 71 Ranchero, 62 Jaguar MkX, 87 BMW 325, 86 Corvette, 71 Checker Marathon, in Emeryville, CA via craigslist. Tip from Jeff.
This next car comes as a tip from Hugh who writes; What lasts 26.2 miles?It’s brown! It’s a wagon! It’s a SBC in a non-GM vehicle! Sounds like the Turismo trifecta to me. Yes indeed, this car does have all of the classic styled you’d expect from a car that started production in Kalamzoon Michigan in 1963 and continued with almost zero cosmetic/style changes through 1982. The biggest style change you’d find on a Marathon was the addition in 1974 of the cow-catcher 5mph bumpers that you see featured on this next beauty. Side note; I seriously wonder if 5mph bumpers had a net effect of saving money or cost more money to the consumer in the long run (contrary to popular belief, they had nothing to do with saving lives, but had to do with protecting the consumer and insurance agencies from costs associated with small fender benders). The 5mph bumper standard was reduced to a 2.5mph standard in 1983, but you have to wonder if all of the costs associated with these changes were just passed on to the consumer and the entire fiasco actually cost us more money. Food for thought. Find this 1974 Checker Marathon bidding for $4,262 in Sun City, AZ via eBay with a few hours to go.
When you think of cars that had a long production run with minimal changes the VW Beetle, Porsche 911, Alfa Romeo Spider, and Nissan Sentra/Tsuru all immediately come to mind. The Checker Marathon definitely should be included in this company. The Marathon was produced from 1961 until 1982 with very few meaningful changes. The changes […]
If you thought that Top Gear UK’s Hammerhead Eagle i-Thrust had the market cornered on hybrid electric-internal combustion vehicles with flimsy sheet metal that will decapitate you with poorly deburred edges…guess again. In the late 70s and early 80s a small electric van manufacturer under the of name Marathon Electric Vehicles Inc produced a few […]
When searching for a camper there are many options to chose from, but none as epic as this 1965 Checker Marathon taxi cab camper conversion. Find it here on ebay currently near $4k reserve-not-met with four days to go, located in Woodland Hills, CA. This thing is powered by a 400 cubic inch Chevy V8 […]