Contact the Canadian Automotive Museum

 

 

99 Simcoe Street South
Central Oshawa, ON, L1H 4G7

(905) 576-1222

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

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Canadian (1900-1945)

The Canadian Automotive Museum maintains the world's foremost collection of pre-War Canadian vehicles, including many rare Canadian marques. 

Canadian Vehicles (1900-1945) at the Canadian Automotive Museum

Prior to the First World War numerous small car companies appeared primarily in Ontario due their proximity to their American counterparts in Michigan and Ohio. Popular American brands were produced in Canadian factories in order to gain access to the market while avoiding import tariffs. By the 1920s the Canadian car industry had evolved far beyond its humble origins, but economic troubles during the Great Depression ultimately lead to the failure of all of Canada's independent automotive companies.

1900-1909

c. 1905 McLaughlin Buggy (Currently on loan to the Remington Carriage Museum)

c. 1905 McLaughlin Buggy (Currently on loan to the Remington Carriage Museum)

1903 Redpath Messenger

1903 Redpath Messenger

1908 Tudhope-McIntyre

1908 Tudhope-McIntyre

1909 Ford Model T

1909 Ford Model T

1909 Kennedy

1909 Kennedy

1910-1919

1910 McKay Roadster

1910 McKay Roadster

1912 McLaughlin-Buick Touring

1912 McLaughlin-Buick Touring

1914 Galt Gas-Electric (Currently on loan to the Petersen Automotive Museum)

1914 Galt Gas-Electric (Currently on loan to the Petersen Automotive Museum)

1914 Brockville Atlas (Currently on loan to the Brockville Museum)

1914 Brockville Atlas (Currently on loan to the Brockville Museum)

1920-1929

(left) 1925 Brooks Steamer and (right) 1926 Willys Whippet

(left) 1925 Brooks Steamer and (right) 1926 Willys Whippet

1927 Dodge Brothers

1927 Dodge Brothers

1928 Durant

1928 Durant

1929 Chevrolet

1929 Chevrolet

1930-1945

1930 Marquette

1930 Marquette

1937 REO Pickup Truck

1937 REO Pickup Truck

1934 McLaughin Buick

1934 McLaughin Buick

Additional Early Canadian Vehicles

1915 Chevrolet 490

1915 Ford Model T

1923 Rauch & Lang Electric

1924 Gray Dort

1926 Chevrolet Depot Hack

1931 McLaughlin Buick