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Since 1963 the Canadian Automotive Museum has preserved and shared the history of the Canadian automotive industry.

1934 Rolls-Royce

1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25

1934 Rolls-Royce in North York, Ontario

1934 Rolls-Royce in North York, Ontario

Bickell was steadfast in his belief that the development of Canada’s mineral resources would be a catalyst to enormous economic growth. After starting his own brokerage firm at the age of 23, he later managed the McIntyre-Porcupine gold mine near Timmins, Ontario, making it one of the largest producers in North America.

Bickell owned multiple Rolls-Royces, which were delivered to his home in Port Credit, Ont. (now Mississauga). After Bickell’s death in 1951, Bud McDougald purchased the car, using it to drive visiting royalty and dignitaries when they visited his estate. Although he shunned the spotlight, Bickell’s contribution to Canadian history is mostly known today through professional hockey. He became involved with hockey through his business association with Charlie Querrie, a managing director of the Toronto St. Pats hockey club. Bickell invested $25,000 to help the team and functioned as a silent partner. When the team was purchased by the newly formed Maple Leaf hockey club in 1927, Bickell transferred his financial and personal support to the new enterprise.

The 1934 Rolls-Royce from the collection of the Canadian Automotive Museum

The 1934 Rolls-Royce from the collection of the Canadian Automotive Museum

1934 Rolls-Royce

The 1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 is not a limousine, but was designed for a wealthy owner to drive. This vehicle was ordered by Canadian industrialist Jack P. Bickell. 

Model: 20/25

Engine: 6-Cylinder, 3.7 litre

Transmission: 4-Speed

Body by Park Ward of London

Original Purchase Price: £1050

Portrait of J.P. Bickell, by Joshua Smith, 1927

Portrait of J.P. Bickell, by Joshua Smith, 1927

Maple Leaf Gardens was constructed in downtown Toronto over a five-month period in 1931 during the early years of the Great Depression. Its completion owed much to the financial backing of Bickell, who was appointed the first president and then chairman of the Board of Maple Leaf Gardens. Bickell ensured that the Gardens remained on solid financial ground, and in short time the Maple Leafs became league powers, winning seven Stanley Cups between 1932 and 1951. The last triumph came just a few weeks before Bickell died. Bickell entered the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978.