American car company Checker, famous for its line of iconic New York taxi cabs, will see its old models hit the streets late 2018 after a 36-year hiatus.

The new Massachusetts-based Checker Motor Cars will carry the torch of the original manufacturer, which closed down in 1982, reports Hemmings Daily.

Checker Motors Corporation originally opened for business in Kalamazoo in 1922 with the sole mission of building reliable, comfortable taxis. In 1947 the company ventured into the realm of personal transportation, producing a series of civilian cars that looked and drove much like their utilitarian counterparts.

The new Checkers will come equipped from the factory with futuristic LED lighting, four-wheel disc brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, a first-aid kit, and an on-board air compressor, ostensibly for adding air to deflated tires.

Checker Motors will focus on production of six-door limousines and El Camino-style personal pickups from the outset, with additional models possible as the company grows.

Roughly 40 percent of the new parts being installed in the classically-styled Checkers will be compatible with original Checkers, meaning elderly Checkers can also receive a much-needed injection of new parts to keep them on the road.

(Hemmings)