1971 Checker Marathon Medicab

1971 Checker Marathon Medicab

A friend found this Checker Marathon Medicab in parts in a garage and restored it. The Medicab was designed to allow someone in a wheelchair to be rolled into it upright using a ramp. The fold-down back-facing seats in the back could be taken off and the wheelchair fastened to where they were.

The top is higher than regular Marathon. This was done at the factory by removing the regular top, then adding a custom top, which was expensive. The market was more limited than Checker had hoped so few were made and they lost money on them.

It is seventeen feet long. The front bumper weighs 300 lbs. When my friend drives it people are slack-jacked and when he parks it, a crowd forms around it. Only 6 are known to exist.

1971 Checker Marathon Medicab front
1971 Checker Marathon Medicab passenger back
1971 Checker Marathon Medicab driver side, back seat
1971 Checker Marathon Medicab dashboard