This Dream Garage Has Some of the Most Desirable Muscle Cars
Tucked away in a secret location north of Toronto is the Summit Classic Collection, which is comprised of some of the most desired muscle cars you could dream of.
Somewhere, north of Toronto, is a garage. Wait, there’s more.
That garage, which is tucked at the very back of a long driveway, off of an unassuming back country road, is filled with some of the most rare, pristine and desirable muscle cars your imagination can conjure.
This is the personal garage of Scott Vickers, President of Summit Ford in Toronto. Scott describes this garage as his “happy place.” Which… yeah, fair enough.
Scott’s collection is actually a part of the inventory carried by Summit’s Classic collection. So yes, they’re all for sale. Any of these dream machines could be yours for the right price. There are even warranties available. And if you can’t find your dream car amongst their current inventory, they’re always adding new cars to the stable. .
I initially reached out to Scott to review his 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302. But when I arrived to check out that car, I was almost immediately distracted by the rest of Scott’s collection. It was like walking into a private car show—a garage that would be the envy of any fan of American muscle cars.
Don’t believe me? Here’s what’s in Scott’s garage.
Keep your C8. This is the best looking Corvette that has ever been or ever will be. Because split-window. Also that interior—lush with chrome and ‘60s Euro-inspired go-fastness. No, it doesn’t have a giant, lumpy, thumpy torque monster big-block. Under the hood is a gentlemen’s 327 V8 married to a proper 4-speed manual transmission. Everything about this car is the definition of effortless cool. Best Corvette ever. Don’t DM me.
This 396-powered 1966 Chevelle is what you might call a period piece. Everything about the car, from its red on red colour scheme, to its Muncie 4-speed manual transmission, to its chrome gauges scattered through the cockpit, to its lifted, drag-stance is a time capsule. It’s what speed freaks did to their cars in the ‘60s. And while that might only truly appeal to a certain demographic who lusts for the days when all music was made using a Fender Telecaster, it’s worth noting that if you fell into that demographic, you would probably walk right by a tuned BMW M3 and drive this.
How badly do you wish you owned this car in high school? With its stroked out 396 big block, variety of go-fast parts, drag tires and auto-transmission you could burn the tires at every set of lights before transporting kegs down to the local bush party via the bed—thus fulfilling your Dazed and Confused fantasy and achieving peak, “Alright, alright, alright.”
Yeah, no, you’re right. A 396 is barely enough to get your down the road. That’s why you need this tire-shredding 454-power El Camino. If that 4-speed hurst shifter doesn’t make you want to power-shift gears through a quarter mile, I don’t think we’ll ever be friends.
The professionally sprayed box by Line X is also a nice touch.
‘Nuff said in our review.
This is an interesting one. If you know anything about the history of “Eleanor” you know that it is NOT how an original Shelby Mustang would have been available to you back in the ‘60s. In fact, the 1967 and 1968 GT500E weren’t available until 1999. Let me explain.
The “GT500E” (yes, the “E” stands for “Eleanor”) was originally developed for the Gone in 60 Seconds 1999 remake by a company called Unique Performance. That company has since gone bust amidst a scandal. However, many other builders have picked up where Unique Performance left off. That’s where the Eleanor World Registry comes in. If they deem your Eleanor clone car up to snuff, then it is officially an Eleanor. So while this Mustang might not be exactly like the car from Gone in 60 Seconds, it is an official Eleanor, it is signed by Carroll Shelby and it has roughly 10 million miles of available headroom.
This one sold! Which totally breaks my heart. This car originally hit the streets the year I got my driver’s license and I’ve always been priced out of the market on them… until just about right now. I had my eye on this particular model in Scott’s collection due to its smart choices of performance upgrades (pulley, chipped, headers, exhaust and lots more). It sat around 600 horsepower and that would have suited me just fine. Let that be a lesson. Don’t snooze on your dream car, kids.
What can be said about the new Shelby GT350 that hasn’t been said a thousand times before? You know what this car is. You know how badly you want one. I actually met Scott as he was pulling into his driveway in this Shelby GT350—its flat-plane crank V8 loudly humming away the entire time. It made me feel a little embarrassed to be driving a humble Toyota Corolla loaner. Sorry, Toyota Corolla fans, but you’d feel embarrassed too. “Oh this? Yeah I just needed something to get out of Toronto. That Shelby though, that’s totally my jam.” What a dork.
If there ever was a muscle car forgotten to time, it was the Ford Torino Cobra. Sure everybody remembers the Torino from Starsky and Hutch and that old-white-guy Clint Eastwood movie. But the Ford Torino Cobra doesn’t usually make someone’s “Top 5” lists. Probably because it’s not the most famous car to wear the Cobra badge. It’s also not the most famous car to house a big-block Cobra Jet engine. It’s not the most famous Ford to sport a 429. It doesn’t even have the most famous 429 (While the Cobra Jet 429 and the Boss 429 were both developed on the Ford 385 platform—a replacement for the FE platform, the Boss differed from the Cobra jet mainly through its unique hemi-head design).
However, this Cobra-badge festooned Torino screams muscle car cool and for $50,000, there’s no way you wouldn’t be the only one on your block shredding tires with your 429 Cobra Jet.
The problem with buying a Charger or Challenger Hellcat is that everyone knows what you have. Sure you might think you’ve bought a sleeper, but the first thing anyone who knows anything about cars does when they see a new Mopar is look for a Hellcat badge. However, buy this unassuming 1964 Dodge Polara, and that Porsche you caught at the lights probably won’t assume that you’ve got a 700 horsepower, dual-carburetor, big-block Hemi under the hood. Although the fact that this car is louder than… I don’t know, the loudest thing that you’ve ever heard might give it away.
Speaking of sleepers, I think this ‘66 Dodge Coronet fits the bill much more closely. This car was assembled by a Mopar dream team as far as performance is concerned. Its 440 Magnum V8 was was rebuilt by Rapid Enterprises, the cylinder heads were ported by John Osborne Northern Performance, and its 4-speed manual transmission with Hurst shifter was built by Lawrence Transmission. Great for if you want to drag race, but you want to look like Don Draper while doing it.
This looks like the Challenger John Wick would drive. Which should be enough for you to shell out for this nut and bolt restored ‘71 Challenger over, say, a new Hellcat. And sure, the Hellcat does Hellcat things, but this ‘71 big brother is no slouch. Its 340 small-block V8 has been stroked out to a 408 and with 3.73 rear gears it’ll put you back in your seat just fine. Plus shaker hood. Plus vinyl roof.