By Chris Miller
This amazing event was held at the International Centre in Mississauga from April 29th to May 1st 2016. As you can see from the photos there are varied vehicles. Note the photo of a large ‘60s American convertible next to a ‘50s British MG, from the sublime to the ridiculous. There were lots of large American vehicles from the ‘50s and ‘60s as well as sports cars. In particular you could pick up a 2000 Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph with only 12,076 kilometers on the clock. Don’t know what it went for but I expect today’s equivalent model would be $250,000 or more. This could have been a bargain. There were quite a few Mercedes that went on the block. They call it a classic auction but there were some 2000-plus cars, as an example the Rolls already mentioned.
There was an original mini, that sure looked mini compared with the current model. A 1997 Mazda Miata convertible, the world’s top selling sports model, looked great. An imitation “woody” ‘89 Jeep Wagoneer looked quite odd in brown. Yes, the woody was metal, somewhat imitation, but that was the style then.
What was a 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat doing there? This is America’s wow car!! 707 horsepower and at around 70K or so quite a deal. It would give any Lamborghini or Ferrari a run for their money and it is a four-door sedan!! There were some amazing looking Corvettes from the ‘60s and ‘70s, especially a ‘66 VW Beetle convertible with only 36,000 miles. It must have been from the U.S. There were a few great-looking Mustangs as well. There were a few really old pickups from the ‘50s. Has the pickup changed as much as the car over the years? I don’t think so. They all have a box at the back.
One of the oldest vehicles up for auction was a 1937 Oldsmobile which had $52,000 spent on restoration. There were a few older Alfas, in fact a real cocktail of vehicles. If you want to go to an auction allow yourself at least two to three hours to view the 300- odd vehicles and some time to watch and listen to the auctioneers as they rant. You can also watch the cars being auctioned on giant screens. The shows are held in Spring and Autumn inside huge halls. Why not check their website for more details?
See you at the next one. Maybe you have a late model you would like to auction. It may end up in the U.S. as many people come up to attend this event.
By Chris Miller, car nut, – uh enthusiast!
Sorry we missed it but it was great coverage.
Will make sure to be there next year.