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CheckerMarathon taxicab four-door sedan with traditional New York exterior, yellow livery with checker banding; all interior features, including meter, jump seats, and wood-beaded driver's seat cover, intact.
Checker cabs, synonymous with New York, ferried passengers around the city from 1922 until the last cab was retired in 1999. From 1956-1982, the Checker Cab Manufacturing Company in Kalamazoo, Michican produced the classic 50's design four-door sedan, featuring high doors and auxiliary jump seats, which provided ample seating for up to five passengers with baggage. This cab, christened "Betsy II" by its driver Harold Winderbaum, carried passengers from 1982 to 1992.
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