Chatham, Ontario – The RM Classic Car Auction returns to Toronto on April 4 to 6 and will showcase more than 400 classic cars, along with an assortment of nostalgia and automotive memorabilia. This year’s event will also showcase some of Canada’s earliest contributions to the automotive industry, including a 1920 Ford Model T “Tall Pickup” and a turn-of-the-century McLaughlin buggy, accompanied by a Baynes cutter sleigh.
“As a proud Canadian-based company – one that is dedicated to preserving and sharing automotive history – we are excited to offer several early examples of Canadian coachbuilt vehicles at our upcoming Toronto sale,” said RM’s Dan Spendick. “Built locally here in Ontario, both examples can be considered forerunners of Canada’s automotive industry. As such, they are certain to attract the attention of collectors with a penchant for early automotive design and Canadian motoring history.”
Manufactured in Brantford, the Model T was built by the Brantford Carriage Company, producers of high-grade carriages, wagons, carts, sleighs and cutters. The company later evolved into Trailmobile, a modern manufacturer of semi-truck trailers. The Ford will cross the auction block at no reserve.
The McLaughlin buggy was built by the McLaughlin Carriage Company, which later turned to making automobiles and eventually became General Motors of Canada. Still in its original condition, the buggy comes with its original “McLaughlin Oshawa Carriage” brass plate, while the sleigh bears a brass plate signifying it was built by the Baynes Carriage Hamilton Company in Hamilton, Ontario. Both were stored in Kincardine, Ontario for numerous years prior to being purchased by their current owner in 1999.
Other notable vehicles for sale include a 1956 Monarch convertible, 1955 Pontiac Chieftain, 1970 Triumph TR-6 and 2007 Shelby GT350 Hertz convertible, believed to be the only one offered in Canada.
The auction will be held at the International Centre in Mississauga and begins with a preview on Friday, April 4 at 12 noon, followed by the auction at 3 p.m. For more information, visit RMAuctions.com.