My automotive degeneracy…

My name is Sam. I have friends. They race in demolition derby’s. I get them cars.

Now that we have that cleared up I can tell you a story of how I came to own a 2003 Mazda Protégé5 with 320,000kms.

Auto|One Group took possession of the above mentioned car back in October. It was a trade in that was valuated based on scrap weight… I bought the car sight unseen to use in a demolition derby. It is a manual transmission, 4 cylinder and a wagon. This car would cleanup at a demolition derby.

The issue was the car ran pretty well. It had power windows, a sunroof, brakes and smoke didn’t pour out from under the engine when it was stopped at a light.. It appeared to be in better shape than my current car. On a whim I had my mechanic check the car out so I would know what it would take to put it on the road. Everything seemed to be okay- not great, but okay. I had my winter beater! For the record I consider gas to be maintenance on a winter beater. This is not an easy life for a car.

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I told my friend that the car was not available and I licensed it in my name. That was 8 months ago. The car is now in dire need of a mechanics tender touch. Rattles, creeks, shakes, burps, squeaks all of these sounds have grudendly been tuned out by turning up the radio. Last week the antenna fell off my car in a tragic garage door accident that will not be elaborated on.

It is time to part with the car I fondly call “Rusty”. Much like pets and livestock you cannot name an animal or else you will form a bond that prevents you from doing what is right. This relationship has formed between me and Rusty. I cannot bring myself to let it suffer the brutal, bitter end of “The Fall Brawl”. This is the demolition derby held in Lindsay Ontario.

What does one do with a useless car that they love for reasons unknown? I pondered this question for quite some time. If I was a car at the end of my life what would I want to do? Well, if I was a zippy manual transmission car that had been subjected to a life of traffic, poor roads and salty winters (this car has grown up in Toronto and has lots of rust, so all apply) than I would want a cool send off from my owner. Don’t trash me in a grotesque demolition derby! Let me have fun, let me stretch my legs, dance, run jump.. LET ME RACE!! That is what Rusty is telling me through her rattles and squeaks.

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Where do I race such a beast? After some careful research I stumbled upon the 24 hours of LeMons. The cheeky name had me curious. This is the jest of it. Your car has to cost $500 or less and you need 6 drivers, no experience is necessary. Style points are awarded. This is more of an endurance race than a speed race. The tactic is to see how well your jalopy holds up against the competition and how long your car can survive while maintaining forward motion. This is all done on a race course. The course is New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville New Jersey. August 9th-11th 2013. If you are interested in coming or racing with us email me at scomisarow@autoone-palladini.ca

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Lets send Rusty off  in style! The car will be fully prepped with a roll cage, fire extinguisher, fuel cell and race tires. More info can be found at http://www.24hoursoflemons.com/

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Toronto Classic Auction part 2 (the sequel that is better than the original)

Did you really think that Auto|One Group would not keep you in the loop about the most coveted cars at the Toronto classic car auction?!?! What’s that your saying? You feel left in the dark?

These are the top 5 most expensive purchases at the show:

1967 Corvette 427/435 convertible: You could literally eat off any part of this cars body, interior, engine bay or underneath. This was the highest horsepower corvette available at the time without going totally crazy. 427 cubic inches with 435 horse power by way of “triple twos” this meant the car had three two barrel carburetors. This car had more paperwork than your last tax audit. More awards than the Olympics hand out. More options than your stock portfolio. Sold for $184,800.

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1967 corvette 427/435 coupe, in the same condition as the number one car on the list. The only difference is this one had a fixed roof. Sorry, no surfboard sticking out of the passenger seat.  Sold for $154,000.

2006 Bentley Arnage R sedan. The pinnacle of British luxury sport…. Before the Germans came in and changed everything. 6.75 litre twin turbo V8? Check. $30,000 in options all hand crafted and installed? Check? 5,120 pounds of luxury? Check.  615 (!!!)  pounds feet of torque? Check! Ladies and gentleman, I give you number three on our list. Sold! To a newly knighted member of automotive nobility at $99,000.

Number three on the list is this beautiful Meteor Rideau Sunliner convertible. What makes this car so rare and sought after is its unique heritage. Meteor was sold by Ford in the Canadian markets. It notched in above Mercury but below Lincoln (competing with Buick and Chrysler). With less than 500 made originally there are few available today. This one has been treated to a full restoration.  Who doesn’t love a pastel orange land yacht? Boppin’ to the music in a new owner’s garage for $96,800.

Number five of the most expensive cars on the list should be no surprise if you have been following the trend with the first four.  1967 corvette convertible 427/435. This car sold for $87,450. This was a very clean car but not as many options or as high a pedigree as the first car on the list. Still, a great car if the seller wants to let me borrow it for a weekend that would be cool.

Bottom car sold was this 1980 Pontiac Parisienne. One owner car, power everything V8 power. It is everything you could want in a car… for $1,100. The interior of this car has a bright future in a brothel. The rest of the car will be appearing in a demolition derby sometime in the next two years. This car will definitely earn you Christmas cards from OPEC.

Honorable mention. This 1985 Rolls Royce Silver Spur sold for $8,800. I’m serious a Rolls Royce for $8,800! It was actually pretty decent.  You can call your friends and tell them what you bought. When they ask you for a ride through you’re going to have to explain why your car won’t stop, won’t, stop, horn won’t stop honking, lights keep flickering off and on, radio doesn’t turn off, radio doesn’t turn on, wipers are possessed and work on their own free will….. You know anything that comes with owning a luxury British car from before 1997.

Auto|One Group is always happy to sit with you and go over your options when it comes to leasing and financing the classic or near classic of your dreams. We even offer warranties for them!

best. 1980’s car. ever.

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Anything! We will lease almost anything! Want proof? Check out what we recently leased out.

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A 1983 Delorean. Yes- That car from Back To The Future. No – does not have a Flux Capasitor… Your wildest automotive dreams are just a conversation and a handshake away from being a reality at Auto|One Palladini.

I know what you are thinking. You were not doubt imagining yourself as a young Michael J Fox trying to save himself (in the future of course) and helping his dad hatch out of his nerdy goofy shell. Yes that bully Biff learned a valuable lesson. All while wearing a sweet denim jacket and self-lacing shoes. Or, maybe you’re a bit older and more mature and think of yourself as Doc Emmett Brown (played by Christopher Lloyd). Yes you are eccentric enough to pull off mad-scientist.

Either way, we don’t judge. We are car people. We are just happy that someone is enjoying one of the most storied cars in automotive history. Look up the background. John Delorean was an automotive genus and very sharp business man. John was one of more colourful businessmen that were at the top of his game when Detroit was peaking and then starting to slide, the mid to late 1960’s. his work includes perfecting the Ultramatic transmission at Packard before going to GM. At General Motors he created GTO for Pontiac. He is often credited with turning Pontiac around from being an old lady brand into General Motor’s performance brand. Among his other accolades are being one of the youngest to ever head a brand division at GM and, he still holds lots of patents that are still relevant today.  The waters get murky when he went solo and tried to start his own brand of futuristic car. I will leave that for you to enjoy on your own time. (Spoiler alert, FBI Informants!!!!)

Regardless of whether you are an automotive enthusiast or a movie buff we are just happy to accommodate people. We love helping get automotive history rolling down the road, literally. This Delorean illustrates that passion and bond that Auto|One Palladini forges with customers on a daily basis.

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