A Checkered History

Regarding today’s (1/23/10) puzzler answer (which I got right, by the way), I thought that I would send along the following image from a 1950 Checker sales brochure disputing the comment that they never sold cars to the general public. While their overall total annual production rarely, if ever, exceeded 7,000 units, and the number of non-taxi vehicles was a tiny percentage of that, they did attempt to market a civilian version of their rugged taxicab as early as this. They sold substantially more numbers of the civilian version of the car was referenced in the puzzler, although here’s proof that they had attempted to expand their market even in these earlier days. Also of note that these cars still had a solid beam front axle even at this late date. File all this under Totally Useless Information.