97 YEARS OF AUTOMOTIVE EXPERIENCE COMES STANDARD
The specialty business once again outgrew the building capacity and relocates operations into a 50,000 sq. ft. industrial plant. FSV purchases the assets of the Custom Coach Corporation and diversifies into premium bus conversions.
Kirwan Elmers founder of Custom Coach joins the Farber team
(L-R): Ken Farber, Kirwan Elmers, Steve Farber
The specialty vehicle division moves into an 18,000 square foot manufacturing facility on the East side of Columbus, Ohio.
1965 - 1975
During the 1960’s the business diversified into recreational vehicle sales.
Trailer Show c. 1969 (L-R) Charles "Robby" Robinson, Don McPeek, Don Farber, Lantie King, A.P. Diles
Shortly after the first Farber conversions were made to Dodge vans. Van roofs were cut out and extended with fiberglass tops to accommodate stand up room and camping equipment. The first Farber Specialty Vehicle!
Tucker #12 on display today at the La Porte County Historical Museum
“The Car of Tomorrow Here Today!”
Farber awarded the franchise for the 1948 Tucker. The Tucker was like no other auto previously produced. It featured many safety innovations, including the first pop out windshield, padded dash, passenger crash chamber, and a center headlight which turned with the steering wheel. Powered by a helicopter engine mounted in the rear and capable of sustained speeds of 120 mph.
Don Farber holds a copy of a Tucker promotional brochure and a photo of his father, N.C. Farber
Farber Motors at 879 North High Street in Columbus, Ohio
Serial numbers from the first 50 Tuckers distributed to dealerships. Farber took delivery of #12 in July of 1948.
The Farber automotive story begins in 1920 with an authorized Ford and Lincoln Mercury franchise, located in Westerville, Ohio. The Ford Sedan four-door, ready for delivery is priced at $725.00!
Falcon-Knight Model 10 Touring 1927
Falcon-Knight was a brand of automobile produced between 1927 and 1928 by the Willys-Overland Company of Toledo, Ohio. A separate company, the Falcon Motor Corporation was registered with headquarters in Detroit, Michigan. The cars were built in a former Garford Truck plant in Elyria, Ohio. The automobiles were well received with "a remarkable reputation for all-around performance and the sales were notably high."
The Falcon-Knight was intended to fit in price between the Willys Whippet and larger Willys Knight ranges and was priced $1250, $100 less than the Willys Knight 70A Roadster. It was powered by a six cylinder Knight sleeve valve engine. Except for the engine, much of the car is actually the same as the Model 93A Whippet with many parts being interchangeable.