A Tale of Two Cars
RAY: The cars that Vinnie bought were two Checkers.
TOM: Checker taxis?
RAY: Exactly! They were made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and for a while, you could just buy them only if you had a taxicab business.
But after a while private citizens could buy them, and I think the company went out of business around 1982 or '83.
Basically, the cars were unchanged, and the only difference between the early ones and the later ones was that they originally had single headlights, and then in '58 or '59 they went to the double headlights on each side.
TOM: Give me a little yellow!
RAY: In fact, there were many colors, and you could get any color you wanted as long as it was yellow or red. And that's what he had bought, and they were virtually indistinguishable from one year to the next.
Who's our winner?
TOM: Our winner this week is Stephen Ranyall from Johnson, Vermont. And for having his answer selected at random from among all the correct answers that we got, Stephen is going to get a 26-dollar gift certificate to the Shameless Commerce Division at cartalk.com, with which Stephen can get a set of four Car Talk reusable shopping bags.
RAY: These are a wonderful contrast to the other bags you see in your supermarket, which have uplifting slogans about saving the planet, you know things like that.
TOM: Yeah. Our bags say, 'A reusable bag from NPR's windbags.'
RAY: And, 'My other reusable bag is from a good NPR show.'
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