Monday, January 16, 2017

Is There A Checker In Your Future?

Checker Motor Cars has announced that they will begin production next year (2018) on new Checkers. They cite the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015 (H.R. 2675) that would allow a low volume manufacturer to build up to 500 replicas per year.

There will be two new Checkers, a Sport-Pickup Crossover (being a Ford guy I'll say it's like a Ranchero), and a 12-passenger sedan.

Checker Sport Pickup Crossover


12-Passenger rendition


Possible engines could be buyers choice. The Act has specific requirements for engines:

“(5) (A) A motor vehicle engine (including all engine emission controls) from a motor vehicle that has been granted a certificate of conformity by the Administrator for the model year in which the motor vehicle is assembled, or an engine that has been granted an Executive order for the model year in which the motor vehicle is assembled subject to regulations promulgated by the California Air Resources Board, may be installed in an exempted specially produced motor vehicle, if—
“(i) the manufacturer of the engine supplies written instructions explaining how to install the engine and maintain functionality of the engine’s emission control system and the on-board diagnostic system (commonly known as ‘OBD II’), except with respect to evaporative emissions diagnostics;
“(ii) the producer of the exempted specially produced motor vehicle installs the engine in accordance with such instructions; and

“(iii) the installation instructions include emission control warranty information from the engine manufacturer in compliance with section 207, including where warranty repairs can be made, emission control labels to be affixed to the vehicle, and the certificate of conformity number for the applicable vehicle in which the engine was originally intended or the applicable Executive order number for the engine.
My understanding of this is that you can use any engine as long as it has been granted a certificate of conformity and it is installed exactly as the suppliers says it should be installed.

Selling 500 units per year should not be a problem; there are many Checker aficionados out there. No cost has been give for the new Checkers but seeing as they are essentially hand-built in the U.S.A. I would expect them to be pricier than a used one. 

Checker Motor Cars provided a list of features besides the engines. A few are composite body panels, rack and pinion steering, 4-wheel disc brakes, heavy duty climate control, all-wheel-drive option, and many others.

Checker Motor Cars will retrofit your old Checker with any of these features.

If you're interested you can check them out at http://www.checkermotorcars.com/

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