I was walking along West 81st Street yesterday and saw this wonderful specimen of a Checker Cab parked on the street. It appeared to be a working cab, but the last one checked out in 1999 [See New York Times article here]. I do recall riding in one or two when I was young.
It made me think about Latka Gravas working on them in the garage while Alex, Elaine and Tony schmoozed. I loved that show. The best scene, bar none, was when Jim had to get his drivers license – “What do you do at a yellow light?”