. October 4, 2007

As temperatures outside begin to fall, Toronto’s classic car scene will be heating up with the return of Canada’s largest classic car auction event, the Toronto International Classic Car Auction, to be presented by Ontario based RM Classic Cars, October 19-21, indoors at the International Centre in Mississauga.

Now in its 15th year, this much-anticipated annual event has become somewhat of a fall tradition for car enthusiasts, each year drawing an increasing number of collectors from across North America. This year’s event is set to continue the grand tradition as more than 400 rare and desirable collector vehicles, including vintage classics, exotic sports cars and high-performance muscle cars, cross the auction block.

“Each year the Toronto auction grows in popularity – as is seen not only in sale results, but also attendance levels,” said RM’s Dan Spendick, a 30-year veteran in the vintage car business.

“In part, this can be explained by the fact that our Toronto event is more than an auction – it is a show that caters for all motor enthusiasts, whether they be serious collectors or rather simply interested in viewing the cars, absorbing the atmosphere, and growing their knowledge through talking to the many specialists onsite.

“With a magnificent line up of highly sought vehicles, this year’s event is again set to be a weekend of competitive bidding and record crowds – both great indicators of the continuing strength of the classic car market,” he added.

A stand-out of the Toronto auction will be the sale of a rare and fully restored 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Sedanca de Ville Towne Car. Finished in Maroon Cabernet with tan upholstered interior, this example was produced by the craftsmen from Park Royal, London “Hall Lewis” – a firm that unfortunately ceased operations following the onset of the great depression. In the early 1960s, the car was imported into the US from the United Kingdom, where it has amazingly remained in the current owner’s family for half a century. In immaculate condition, this car was the recipient of a complete frame off restoration completed in 2004, it’s entire driveline meticulously gone through, including its 7.6 liter inline six cylinder engine and 4-speed gearbox. The car retains its original build sheet and additional information supplied by the Rolls-Royce Enthusiast Club.

Another car bound to attract significant interest at Toronto, particularly amongst avid Shelby collectors, is a magnificent 1966 Shelby GT350 supercharged fastback. Regarded as one of the hottest cars in today’s muscle car market, this high-powered vehicle is loaded with numerous performance options including V8 engine, supercharger, supercharger gauges, supercharger oil cooler, and Holley 4777 carburetor. With a mere three owners, this car has spent 30 years of its life in a disassembled state in a dry storage facility; it was first stored in a private collection from 1974 to 1988 before being sold to its current owner who kept it unassembled until 2002. He then spent the next two years restoring it to its present condition. Its sale at Toronto offers a very rare opportunity to purchase an ultra rare vehicle. (Est. $200,000 – $250,000).

Also expected to be a favourite amongst collectors is a legendary 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle LS6. Described as one of the most popular cars of its era, this vehicle has one of the most powerful rated engines in muscle-car history – 450 horsepower V8 engine. Other noteworthy features include a Muncie M22 ‘Rock Crusher’ four-speed manual transmission, power front disc brakes, F41 special performance suspension and a cowl induction hood. This example remains in almost original, untouched condition with the exception of one repaint and the replacement of the factory white seat covers to the current black upholstery. Its sale, which presents a very rare occasion to purchase an automobile legend, comes with all original paperwork including original build sheet, bill of sale, registration certificate and warranty booklet. (Est. $110,000 – $140,000).

During the auction weekend, RM will also host an indoor swap meet featuring vintage automotive parts, accessories, literature and collectables. In addition, a large assortment of collectible automobilia, including tin signs, toys, memorabilia, pop machines and antique gas pumps, will be offered on the auction block.

The Toronto International Classic Car Auction kicks off with a vehicle preview on Friday, October 19 at 12 noon, followed by the auction beginning at approximately 3pm. Doors open at 9am on Saturday and Sunday, with the auction action starting at 10am each day, and ending at 9pm Saturday and 6pm on Sunday.

About the International Center The International Center is the leading multi-purpose facility in Canada and is home to many of the country’s largest trade and consumer shows, as well as meetings, concerts, banquets and other special events. Boasting some 500,000 sq. feet of flexible exhibit and meeting space, the center welcomes over two million guests each year. For visitors, the center is located on Airport Road, Mississauga, just three minutes from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport and only 15 minutes from downtown Toronto, with easy access by public transportation and free on-site parking for over 5,000 vehicles. The RM ‘Toronto International Classic Car Auction’ is held indoors at the centre. For further information, please visit

About RM Classic Cars. Celebrating nearly three decades in the collector car industry, RM Classic Cars and its sister companies are responsible for acquisition, restoration and sales of the world’s rarest and most expensive vintage automobiles including Best of Show winning cars at the prestigious Pebble Beach, Amelia Island and Meadow Brook Concours. For additional information on the Toronto sale and other RM Classic Cars events, please call (800) 211-4371 or visit:

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