For the past 28 years the Toronto Classic Car Auction has been a Canadian tradition for buyers and sellers of collector cars.
Not only does the event consist of remarkable rides, but it also shares the rich history behind these unique automobiles. What the auction provides is a comfort level for buyers and sellers knowing they are working with a reputable company who can guide them through the process and logistics.
Over the years, this auction has featured several unusual vehicles that have stood out from the rest, like a Boeing 767 Aircraft, a Canadair CL-41 Aerobatic "Snowbird" Jet, former tour buses of Shania Twain and Willie Nelson, and a Dukes of Hazzard
Here are 7 cars that stood out at the auction this year, as picked by the Terrance Lobzun at the TCCA and myself:
The 1975 Bricklin SV-1
The 1975 Bricklin SV-1 is one of a few original survivors of Canada's first major sports car company, selling for only $6,270.00.00 at the auction. Terrance told me that it was originally conceived as a safety-minded vehicle, the car was designed by the late Herb Grasse who is known for transforming the 1955 Lincoln Futura concept car into the now world famous Batmobile for the TV show. “Sadly, the gull-winged Bricklin was produced for only two years after the factory was besieged by labor and production challenges. A decade later however, the car became the inspiration of another ill-fated, albeit more famous, automobile project - the DeLorean DMC-12,” he elaborated.
1958 Dodge D100 Sweptside Pickup
One of the rarest classic pickup trucks is the 1958 Dodge D100 Sweptside Pickup - one of only 60 known to exist. Terrance explained, “In order to compete with the popular Chevrolet Cameo and Ford Ranchero trucks of the same era, Chrysler utilized the swept-wing fenders from their Dodge Suburban station wagon to give this truck its unusual car-like styling. The Sweptside built from 1957-1959 was marketed to farmers and ranchers as a multi-use farm car, yet was not a big seller, making it extremely rare today.” It sold for $26,400.00 at the auction.
1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL
Unique cars are not necessarily the most valuable ones, but this car is both
. A now fully-restored 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 XL was purchased new from Piggott Ford on Yonge Street by Willowdale Gas Station owner George Massicotte. “The most interesting attribute is what is under the hood of this rather ordinary family car - a factory R-code optioned 427 cubic inch factory motor pumping out 425 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. After several NHRA drag race wins in the United States and Canada, the car was retired in 1971 where it slept for the next three decades,” Terrance told me. George's son Allan restored the car to its past glory, then he toured the car shows picking up several more awards—adding to its extensively documented history. The Galaxie was the top seller at the Toronto spring auction bringing in a final bid of $203,500.
1955 Lincoln Capri
One of my personal favourites at the auction was this multi-award winning 1955 Lincoln Capri, which Toronto Classic Car Auctions tells me was transformed into, "Mucha Muchacha," by a team of California's top car customizers for its original owner, Kimberly Mejia. I loved the fact that this collector was a woman, which is pretty uncommon at auctions, so I had to know more about it. Terrance gave me the backstory: “Led by John Aiello of Aiello Customs, the team of specialists redesigned the car by hand from top to bottom using parts and styles from other classics of the era to produce this car show queen. An extensive list of modifications and performance upgrades were undertaken while maintaining the class and elegance of 50’s era Lincolns. Featured in several hot rod magazines and winner of numerous car show trophies, the car was one of the many highlights at the auction.” The ’55 Lincoln Capri attracted a final bid of $62,700.00, with proceeds benefitting the Canadian Cancer Society.
1969 Plymouth Roadrunner 2D
One of the most popular vehicles at the auction this year was a 1969 Plymouth Roadrunner 2D which took the 2nd
place spot for top sellers. It was auctioned off at $181,500.00. The ’69 Plymouth was followed by a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda Convertible that was bought for $176,000. Muscle cars tend to pull in an audience at car auctions – and rightfully so - just look at the photos!
1970 Plymouth Barracuda Convertible
An honourable mention goes out to this unsold factory triple blue, optional hardtop, 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster.
It was auctioned on Saturday, with a high bid of $95,000.00 – but didn’t sell, meaning you can still buy it. This being the 50th Anniversary of the 1967 model year; making this purchase even more enticing. This multi-award winning ‘Vette has its original 327ci/350 HP V8 engine with 4 speed manual transmission and 370 positraction rear end.
To see more of the cars that are still up for grabs from the spring Toronto Classic Car Auction, click here: Collector Car Productions
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