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Toronto International Fall Classic Car Auction

Evidence of Canada’s Growing Collector Car Market At RM’s Toronto International Classic Car Auction - October 21-23, 2005

BLENHEIM, Ontario, Canada (October 5, 2005) – Collecting and restoring classic cars is a multi-billion dollar industry in North America with automobile enthusiasts snapping up their dream cars at a record pace. Fueled by new classic car television shows and new publications, the collector car hobby has seen record sales at auctions over the last few years and continues to grow.

Rick Carey, of Car Collector Magazine, reports, “Today’s new collectors like to do things with their cars, and the more of them there are the more reasons there are for event organizers to add dates and expand existing events. There are more shows, tours and concours today than there were even a few years ago, and the number continues to expand, benefiting all collectors.”

Over 300 of these cool classic, sports and muscle cars are expected at RM Classic Cars’ annual Toronto International Classic Car Auction, held at the International Center, October 21-23, 2005 and sponsored by the Ontario Ford Dealer’s Association.

“Despite record prices for some of the rarest of the collector cars, there are still many appreciating classics for every taste and budget at this auction,” says Dan Spendick of RM Classic Cars. “It’s more than just an auction - it’s a show too, where you can speak directly with the pros and owners about buying or selling your dream car,” adds Spendick, a 30-year veteran of the classic car business.

In addition to an indoor swap meet, the Toronto auction will also feature many unique automotive collectables and memorabilia up for bids.

Some of the unique and rare automobile auction offerings include:

  • · 1983 DeLorean DMC 12 – An appreciating stainless steel classic with only 6,350 kms. One of only 100 built for the Canadian market. V6 with five-speed transmission, 4 wheel disc brakes, grey leather interior, power windows and door locks.
  • · 1969 Oldsmobile 442 W-30 – One of only 47 Olds W-30's imported for sale in Canada in 1969 - authenticated by GM documentation. Refinished in its original colours of Ebony black with red stripes, red bucket seat interior. Factory Ram Air induction, Super Stock I wheels, power steering, power brakes, power antenna, power windows, tinted glass, positraction rear axle, floor console, sport steering wheel, Rally Pac gauges and rear speaker.
  • · 1969 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am – This matching numbers, Ram Air III four-speed Trans Am offered here has received a complete rotisserie restoration. Finished in correct white and blue finish and interior, complete with full PHS documentation, buildsheet, window sticker, original warranty book, and full history back to the original owner. One of the finest examples of any 1969 Trans Am in existence.
  • · 1967 Ford Country Squire Wagon – The original SUV finished in turquoise with classic woodie-style trim. Features a 390 cu. in. Z-code engine with C6 Select Shift Cruise-o-Matic transmission. Working factory AM radio, air conditioning and plenty of room for surboards.
  • · 1963 Corvair Pickup – A show winner, completely restored and driven less than 100 miles since the restoration. An unusually rare and unique rear-engine pickup powered by a four-cylinder, air-cooled engine, four-speed manual transmission and dual carbs.
  • · 1954 Ford Skyliner Glass-Top – Fresh from restoration this coral and white beauty sports the limited edition tinted plexiglass forward roof section and a mere 28,500 original miles.
  • · 1911 Ford Model T Torpedo Back – The oldest car in the auction line-up. Early two-seater model with pinstriped wheels and electric start. One of seven vehicles from the Tony Darrigo Estate Collection. All to be sold at “no reserve”

    RM’s Toronto International Fall Classic Car Auction kicks off Friday, October 21 at Noon, with a first-day vehicle preview. Friday’s auction action begins at 3:00 pm, and ends at 9:00 pm. On Saturday, doors open for preview at 9:00 am with the auction starting at 10:00 am and continuing until 9:00 pm. On Sunday, doors open for preview at 9:00 am, with the auction starting at 11:00 am and continuing until 6:00 pm. Tickets are $15 pp for a day pass, or $22 pp for a weekend pass. (Includes free parking) Kids 12 and under free.

    Celebrating more than 25 years in the collector car industry, RM Classic Cars and its sister companies are responsible for acquiring, restoring and selling of the world’s rarest and most desirable vintage automobiles including Best of Show winning cars at the prestigious Meadow Brook and Pebble Beach Concours. For the latest information on this event please call toll-free (800) 211-4371, or visit the company’s web site at
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