5 Nearly Forgotten Vintage Cars

At Farm Boy Garage, we're fanatics about all things classic car related. We love finding those hidden gems that aren't very well known, or nearly forgotten. In looking back into the automotive industry history, we stumbled across a few classic cars that in some way or another played a major role in the history of classic cars. These cars are rarely mentioned and are pretty hard to find. With that said, let's take a look at 5 nearly forgotten vintage cars.

Sunbeam Tiger
The Sunbeam is a classic English brand, which is long gone from the market. The Sunbeam Tiger is a high-performance V8 version of the British Rootes Group's Sunbeam Alpine roadster, designed in part by American car designer and racing driver Carroll Shelby and produced from 1964 until 1967, debuting for the first time at the New York Auto Show in the spring of 1964.

Studebaker Lark
Due to growing demand for smaller cars in late 1958, Studebaker introduced an all-new compact line called the Lark, a project directed by Studebaker president Harold Churchill. During 1959, the Lark became extremely successful and produced the highest one-year profit Studebaker had ever seen up to that time. The economy-priced 1959-1964 Studebaker Lark saved the company from financial disaster, but not for long. Competing with GM, Mopar and Ford, even the multiple stylistic and engine upgrades to the Lark couldn't help recover Studebaker. 1964 was the last year for production of the Lark.

Ford Falcon
Introduced in 1960, the Falcon was Ford's first compact model and an instant best seller. With a modern looking body and a wide selection of economical six-cylinder engines, the Falcon was affordable. Still, it was a high-quality product that appealed to a lot of customers. Soon, Ford introduced more powerful versions, V8 engines and a convertible body style, which made the Falcon even more popular and interesting. However, in 1964, with the introduction of the Ford Mustang, the Falcon’s appeal started to fade. Production ceased in 1970, giving the limelight over to the Mustang.

Oldsmobile Toronado
While Oldsmobile isn't likely a well-known brand to car enthusiasts today since the brand was retired in 2000, in the '60s these cars enjoyed a reputation for inventive technology, style, and luxury. Oldsmobile represented the cutting edge of GM at one point in time, presenting models that were far ahead of their time. The Oldsmobile Toronado debuted in 1966. The Toronado was a large, powerful personal luxury coupe with a twist since it was front wheel drive and domestic cars at the time were rear wheel drive. The car’s power came from a big block 455 V8 with 385 HP. The Toronado was a success and it introduced superb driving characteristics, which left most competitors in the dust. 1970 was the last year of the 1st generation Toronados, and giving way to the fully redesigned 2nd generation: the Eldorado.

Alvis TD 21
For those discriminating classic car fans who lusted after the classic mid-century Bentleys, Aston Martins and Jaguars, but couldn't afford the price tags, the Alvis Car Company produced a more affordable option from 1958 to 1963 before closing their doors for good. The Alvis TD 21, a beautiful luxury coupe with a straight six engine and upscale equipment, made them a major competitor to the contemporary Aston Martins, Jaguars and Bentleys.

Let's Find and Restore Your Dream Vintage Car!
Do you love those rare vintage cars just as much as we do? If you're looking to add a rare car to your collection, we can help you find one! We can also fully restore it to its original/super modified glory. We run a one-stop-shop here at Farm Boy Garage, and all restoration services are done on site, meaning your car doesn't leave our garage until it's completed to your satisfaction! So, what are you waiting for? Let's find that rare vintage car you've been dreaming of!

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