AutoShow celebrates Canada’s auto history

The exhibit is titled The Canadian Story, this year’s Art & the Automobile and features vehicles designed and built here.

  • seth taylor steam buggy

The Canadian International AutoShow will help mark the country’s 150th birthday with a display of uniquely Canadian vehicles.

The exhibit is titled The Canadian Story, this year’s Art & the Automobile and features vehicles designed and built here.

From Carriages to Cars: The Early Canadian Automotive Industry

Among the Canadian-made vehicles will be:

1867 Seth Taylor Steam Buggy: Canada’s first car hit the road the same year as Canada’s confederation. The steam buggy was designed and built by Henry Seth Taylor, a prosperous watchmaker, jeweler and businessman in Stanstead, Que. While Taylor never went into the car-making business, his invention has a permanent home at the Canadian Science and Technology Museum.

1910 McKay: The McKay was the only car to be commercially produced in Nova Scotia before the arrival of the Volvo in 1963. Brothers Jack and Dan McKay built cars between 1908 and 1914, producing an estimated 125 vehicles. One of only two surviving examples of the McKay, the car to be displayed at the AutoShow is owned by the Canadian Automotive Museum.

1914 Russell: The 1914 Russell 14‐28 is a fine example of one of the most distinctly Canadian cars ever built. Both the car and its engine were designed and built in Canada, something quite rare in the history of automobile manufacturing in Canada.

1927 McLaughlin-Buick: One of two original McLaughlin-Buicks hand built by General Motors in Oshawa for the use of the British Royal Family during their 1927 tour of Canada.

1956 Monarch Richelieu: Owned by collector Andy Schmidt, this 1956 Monarch Richelieu is a convertible, painted Lauderdale Blue and Continental White with all numbers matching. Only about 11 of the 163 Monarchs built in Oakville are known to exist today.

The Canadian International AutoShow will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre between February 17-26. Please visit autoshow.ca for more information.

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