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A version of the Marathon was, during its production run, the taxicab of choice for New York City and many other American cities. The size of the car, seating many passengers, the robust construction, the lack of yearly changes to the styling, simplifying parts management, and the bolt-on rear quarter panels all contributed to the Marathon's ubiquity on the streets of Manhattan.
The "Checker", particularly the 1956–82 A8/Marathon, remains the most famous taxi cab vehicle in the United States. The vehicle is comparable to the London Taxi in its nationally renowned styling, which went unchanged throughout its use, and also for its iconic status.