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- The LeRoy: The Good Brothers, Milton and Nelson, founded their company in Berlin, Ontario (now Kitchener) in 1899, this company produced the first true Canadian production car in 1902. Its name comes from the French le roi meaning king. The first built car is on display at the Doon Heritage Crossroads museum in Kitchener.
- The Ivanhoe: A popular electric car made by the Canada Cycle And Motor Co. of Toronto beginning in 1903. This company, together with the National Cycle And Automobile Company of Hamilton, Ont. which had been assembling steam cars since 1902, later became C.C.M.
- The Russell: Called the “thoroughly Canadian car” it was the last word in luxury from 1905 to 1915 and a very popular car before World War I. Based in Toronto, the Russell Motor Car Co. had branches in Hamilton, Montreal, Winnipeg, Calgary, Vancouver and Melbourne, Australia. Its slogan was Made up to a standard – not down to a price. After World War I, the company was bought out by Willys-Overland, which later introduced the famous Jeep.
- The Tudhope: Produced in Orillia, Ont. by the Tudhope Carriage Co. Ltd. form 1906 to 1924. The cars were built in a plant covering three city blocks. The first vehicle sold for $550 and had a top speed of 25 miles per hour. After the plant was destroyed by fire in 1909, the company began assembling a U.S. car known as the Everitt. Two years later they were back to building their own cars with the slogan The car ahead – Just one step ahead of the horse.
- The McLaughlin Buick: Built by The McLaughlin Motor Company Ltd. of Oshawa, Ont. In 1909, R. S. (Sam) McLaughlin joined with W. C. Durant in a 15-year contract to build McLaughlin bodies fitted with U.S. Buick engines. By 1914 they’d built 1098 cars. The company merged with Chevrolet Motor Company of Canada to form General Motors of Canada Ltd. and continued production of McLaughlin-Buicks until the 1920’s.
- The Superior: In 1910, wagon maker William English produced a car in Petrolia, Ont. with an open steel body over a wood frame that could be converted into a truck. About 60 Superiors were built.
- The McKay: Built by The Nova Scotia Carriage And Motor Company of Amherst, N.S. between 1911 and 1914. The company produced about 100 cars, but had hoped to reach 1,000. Cars featured hand-buffed leather upholstery and an electric self starter. World War I and a shortage of operating capital cut off their supplies, and the firm folded.
- The Peck: Electric cars produced by Peck Electric Ltd. of Toronto from 1911 to 1913. The company’s slogan was Keeps pecking.
- The Briscoe: Produced by The Canadian Briscoe Motor Company Ltd. of Brockville, Ont. It began making cars in 1916, basing the design on a French automobile being assembled in the U.S.
- The London Six: Between 1921 and 1925 almost 100 of these cars were built by London Motors Ltd. in London, Ont. The bodies were made of aluminum over a wood frame supplied to the company by a coffin maker.
List prepared with the assistance of automobile historian Tony Durham.
The Great Canadian Book of Lists
A new book by authors Randy Ray and Mark Kearney.
In this fascinating 324-page book, Ray, of Ottawa and Kearney of London, Ont., chronicle Canadian achievements in the 20th Century, including everything from sports, politics and medicine, to movies, achievements by women, notorious crimes, key stock market events, scams, scandals, hit songs, best-selling books and killer disasters.
Can you name Canada’s…
… 10 best novels?
… 10 major earthquakes?
… 10 most significant pieces of legislation?
… 15 greatest heroes?
… 13 most significant inventions?
… 5 best hockey goalies?
… 10 most courageous women?
… 12 sexiest men and women?
And who, exactly, were Canada’s most despised citizens in the 20th Century?
Innovations and flops, successes and failures, comebacks and breakthroughs, record setters and trend setters. You’ll find them all in The Great Canadian Book of Lists which is jam-packed with details about the people and events that have shaped Canada in the past 100 years.
It’s great reading and makes a terrific reference book – now available in bookstores for $19.99, or through the authors.
For more info contact: Randy Ray in Ottawa: 613-731-3873
And don’t forget Ray and Kearney’s previous books:
The Great Canadian Trivia Book & The Great Canadian Trivia Book 2.
Both can be found in most bookstores.
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