Nine-Door Wagon: Checker Aerobus

Not too many decades ago, multi-door airport shuttles/limousines were relatively common. We vaguely recall that the mini-shuttles we all know from rental car and parking shuttle usage today simply weren’t around; so it made sense to have these multi-door beasts,which could add passengers quickly and without requiring those already on board to reshuffle.  I remember seeing multi-door Chevy Suburbans back in the day, but they weren’t the only ones.  As the leading taxi manufacturer, it makes sense that Checker made a shuttle version of their Marathon, and that’s what we’re looking at today.

This example has had some recent resto-mod work, which seems to have covered all major areas.  It now wears taxi livery, which some of these would have back in the day.

The engine and trans are claimed to be new; so we don’t expect issues with running and driving.  That just leaves the question of what one would do with this thing.  Perhaps it could be the ultimate Uber?  We’d just worry about gas mileage.

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Sparks, NV, USA
$22,000 with ZERO bids, reserve not met and 5.5 days to go

Yes, this is long…

And, yes, all of those doors open.

Rear view barely reveals wagon body, which makes this a nine-door.

Here’s one more open view.

Cockpit is a decent place to be, in a retro way.

Here’s the view backward.

The seller prioritized bass output over cargo.  If you put this back into service, you might want to undo this.

Here’s the new Chevy 350, which is attached to a new Turbo 400 automatic trans.  We won’t even gripe about the automatic here.

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1968 Checker Taxi AeroBus AirPorter
                9 Door Custom Limo 
Fresh restoration and updates, just 3,000 miles

What an Awesome vehicle! If you really want to make an impression, this is the vehicle to own. It turns heads where ever it goes. Multiple car show awards, perfect for a limo business, proms, weddings, family outings, parades, or a great way to promote your local business.

This Checker taxi Limousine was originally built by Checker at it’s Kalamazoo, MI plant. It spent many years on display at the California Automobile Museum in Sacramento, CA.

Everything on this car has less than 3,000 miles on it since it was mechanically rebuilt, and the interior and exterior were tastefully restored to period looking colors, materials, and fresh multistage paint was applied.

It was nicely restored with the additions of an updated engine and transmission, Custom Wheels, updated A/C, sound system, and sunroof.

We started with a rebuilt Chevy 350/ 350HP Heavy Duty 4-bolt main crate motor, added an aluminum Intake and 4BBL carb, nicely detailed with Edelbrock Air cleaner and chrome valve covers. Hooked up to a rebuilt Turbo 400 transmission with a shift kit.

New cooling system that keeps it running cool.
New front and rear power brakes. Has power steering.
New style R34 Air Conditioning for hot days.
New custom Upholstery in period popular tweed cloth.
New Multi-speaker custom sound system with Sub-Woofers in the back.
New custom paint
Larger alternator to handle the big stereo and amp.
Sun Roof with removable Glass was installed. (For those times you just need to stand up through the roof). Great for waving to people and tossing candy and gifts out in parades.

This checker limo is ready to roll. There are not many of these rare 8 Door Airport limos left.
          This has got to be one of the finest in the country.
          Don’t let this one get away!
Ask for Rich for more details or to arrange for inspection at 
775 xxxxxxxor 775 xxxxxxx

I have a clean title. Non-Refundable $2,000 deposit shall be made within 3 days of winning bid through PayPal. Balance due in cash or agreed upon bank cashier’s check with-in 7 days. Transportation and /or storage arrangements must be determined in advance of final payment.

As this vehicle is used and no longer in production, it is being sold as is, with no warranty or guaranties. Please ask any questions before bidding.

The limo is in Reno NV. Transportation and cost is the responsibility of the winning bidder.

Good luck bidding!

1975 Jeep Airport Tug with Thing

No, this doesn’t come with a Volkswagen Thing, it comes with Thing from Fantastic Four. We have no idea why.

This is a CJ-5 that was modified to tow aircraft.  Why not?  Now that it’s duties are over, it’s just a really odd, narrow Jeep for the street or trail.  What’s not to love?

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Lake Forest, CA, USA (Could be around the corner from Oddimotive HQ!)

Apparently, the four-wheel drive is still in place; so this can be used for just about anything.

Interior is, shall we say, spartan.  Fuel is supplied by plastic gas cans.

Here’s another shot of that likeness of “Thing”.  Note also the narrow windscreen and the jack mounted in front of it.

Yes, an interior can get more basic than that of a consumer-grade CJ-5; but only so much so.

The rear looks even less consumer-grade.  We’re not sure this can be registered for the street.

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Very rare 1975 jeep cj5 airport tug with original great running 4.2 liter straight 6 with 4K miles on original engine 
All wheel drive that engages easily 
4 speed manual transmission with granny gear 
Transfer case all working in great condition
This is a very strong off road vehicle that can pull extremely hard hence it used to pull and park airplanes back in the 70s 
Custom 15×8.5 turbine wheels single drilled 
All working lights 
Turn signal, stop lights 
Located in Lake Forest

Aircraft Tug – You’ve Always Wanted One!

Admit it, you’ve stared out the airport windows and admired the vehicles.  Here’s your opportunity to get your grubby little hands on an actual airport tug.

This is powered by some sort of inline six and the seller claims it has an automatic transmission.  What else do you really need to know and how can you put a price on this?

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Bullhead City, AZ, USA

Yes, this pretty much looks like an aircraft tug.  

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This is an aircraft tug. Year not know however has rebuilt inline 6, good trans and tires. New seat appolstry. Runs. Will drag your house down the street. Needs some paint and care and it would be unique toy or a tug. About 10k lbs. Currently located in Bullhead Az.. But will haul back and deliver to OC for the right buyer.