Most any die-hard classic automobile fan can tell you all about a Ferrari, Benz and Rolls-Royce but were you aware that there are several other cars that aren’t on the hit-list of oldies to collect? Let’s take a closer look at some of these obscure models and get you all caught up on your classics.
1958 GM Firebird III
The Firebird III model was an intentionally altered form of its Firebird I and II self as far as rockets were concerned. They were flattened out which gave it a lower kind of feel and profile. It had two distinct bubble pods and numerous rear plane-like wings which were absolutely massive. The actual name had been revived in 1967 when GM launched their Pontiac Firebird.
It turns out that the initial monocoque framework for the Marcos cars were actually manufactured from high-grade plywood. The Marcos founders Jem Marsh and Frank Costin had this come about after they were doing work on the World War II De Havilland Mosquito and it was also made of plywood. It’s needless to say that soon after this was replaced by steel material.
1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II
This Spoiler II model was strictly developed to pass the standard certification that was required for racing. It was a rare performance version that was to specifically race in NASCAR. These racing models had a Ford FE 427 engine and were only created in the early weeks of the production year.
1971 Stutz Blackhawk
These beauties were originally hand-built and were promoted as genuine luxury vehicles that came with a listing of $22,500. If you were to convert that value into today’s terms you would be looking at $130,000. They were strapped with Pontiac 7.5-liter V8 as well as a GM TH400 3-speed automatic and took approximately 1,500 hours to complete in the manufacturing process.
1958 Buick Caballero Station Wagon
There is no question that this model is a rarity and they were only produced from 1957-58. They were completely made of steel and happened to be referred to as the “pillarless” hardtop. These models were equipped with a 264cu-in, 300hp motor.
1957 Panhard Dyna Z
This was a French vehicle that may have resembled such other cars as the Peugot or Citroen but was in fact a different automobile all on its own. It was rather light weighing in at only 1,630 pounds and under the hood possessed a 50bhp 2-cylinder engine which was more than enough to make it move down the road.
1969 Dodge Coronet Super Bee 426 Hemi
Sometimes you just wonder where they come up with these names but this model has become well-connected with the Dodge Charger. This car came loaded with a 426 Hemi engine that had a twin-scooped air induction hood, hefty suspension as well as a voluntary Mopar four-speed stick that really made it pack a punch.
There are many other unpopular classic models out there for you to discover but we hope that we’ve wet your appetite just a little. If we have done so or even re-kindled your passion for classic cars then our objective has been completed.