Monster Wagon: 1963 Checker Aerobus


I have some fond and some not so fond memories of Checker Aerobuses. My high school in rural North Carolina decided that it would be a good idea to pick up two of these to use as activity “buses” for the smaller sports teams in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Consequently, I got to ride in them many times during my decidedly non-illustrious sports career, including the time that the exhaust broke and all the JV basketball players in the rear half of the vehicle ended up getting sick from exhaust fumes. For a while there, I thought I might actually get to play in a real game, but enough of them recovered before tipoff! This one was spotted by Robert R and is located in Charles Town, West Virginia. It’s for sale here on eBay by a dealer that has some other interesting vehicles as well, including at least two other Checkers and a pair of older Rolls Royces. Although it’s been in the same spot for a while based on the mildew and stains on the paint, there is a video of it running and the upholstery has been re-done. There’s rust starting to creep in around the windshield and a few other spots, but overall it looks like a solid project. It’s a bit pricey in my opinion right now, but perhaps if the auction runs it’s course with no bidders they might be open to a lesser amount. Got a large family? Could you use this many seats? 

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  1. JW

    Would make a nice airport or casino shuttle bus for a retired person to make some extra cash. Or a party barge for your college buddies who have one designated driver among them.

  2. Joe Gotts

    What about air conditioning?

    I would drive it to the gun range and let my Goomba’s fill it with a side order of lead.


  3. Barry T

    Whoa! This barge must have the turning radius of an aircraft carrier.

  4. w.e.regal

    I see that body sitting on top of a crew cab long bed GM pick-up with the Duramax diesel. Even for you other brand loyalists, Ford – Powerstroke, Dodge (Ram) – Cummins

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