Yorkville Recap

This past Sunday Auto|One Group participated in the Yorkville Auto Show. For those of you that were in attendance you already know how good the show was. For those of you that were preoccupied with fathers day’s festivities, cleaning your house or something equally lame this is a recap of what you missed:

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The day started out as a disaster. Lots of rain and the possibility of thunder storms threatened to cancel the entire event. Mother Nature thankfully thought of father time (it was that or father Christmas) and decided to grant us sunshine and dry pavement. By 11:30 the streets had dried and the party started. Auto|One Group was situated in the center of the action with a tent set up for fun! We had a raffle to give away a TV, auto racing inspired lounge chairs, a keg and offered 25% off our car-bar detailing services to all in attendance.

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We displayed a gorgeous 2011 Porsche Panamera GT TECH-ART edition. The car has $80,000 in upgrades and looks breathtaking to say the least. Visitors to the booth really appreciated our laid back attitude towards our cars. No velvet rope or fences. We invited people to get up close and personal with the car. Throughout the day we would start the car and let the exhaust play the music instead of the sound system. Our Porsche has the ability to raise the hair on just about everyone’s neck when it hits 5000 RPM.

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The cars were fantastic. We were situated between a row of classic and modified BMW’s to the west and a row of classic Corvettes to the East of us. Across from us was a melange of high end European exotics Mercedes SLS, Mclaren, Tesla were some of the automotive art sitting across from us. The Yorkville Exotic car show is great because you see the cars that made your childhood and adolescence exciting. Lamborghini Diablo? It was there. Porsche 930 tubo? Yep BMW M6 with the gold BBS honeycomb rims? You bet! 1958 corvette, ohya… the list of high classics is both extensive and long. It was like seeing all those sweet 70’s, 80’s and 90’s posters come together but without the teased hair or the acid washed jeans…

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The new cars could not be ignored. SlS AMGs, Lotus, Bentleys, vipers, Aston Martins, 911gt3s, Ferraris ect… They were all amazing and I thought many of them looked better with the water beading off of their wonderfully sculpted bodies than in the sunshine. Fortunately I was able to see them both wet and dry. You always picture these cars as trailer queens that only come out on the sunniest of days, and even then they are under an umbrella or something ridiculous.

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Auto|One Group definitely had one of the best booths on display. We had all sorts of contests including a blackjack table, video game hooked up so that people could race their favorite cars and wicked music. Not to mention candy and drinks for attendees. We love to put on a party. When we can do it and get the community involved we are elated.

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Whats next for us? Markham Ribfest! Join us July 5th– 7th at Markham City Hall! Join us as we bring two important things together at last. Horsepower and Meat together at last.

Fathers day- because your dads a car nut!

Auto|One Group would like to wish all the dads out there a happy father’s day! We will be partaking in the Yorkville exotic car show this weekend at Bloor st and University ave. if you don’t want to take dad to the same old brunch why not bring him to Yorkville? There will be lots of high end exotic cars for you and dad to salivate over. There will also be lots of classic cars in attendance, you will owe it to your dad to listen to him when he looks at a classic car and says I remember when I was a kid and, bla, bla, bla…. Its father’s day! Entertain him! The Yorkville Father’s day Car show is also about helping dads. The event raises awareness about prostate cancer.

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The best father’s day we ever gave my dad was in 2009. My dad loves classic cars. Being raised in rural Alberta there was not much to do other than chase women, play hockey and race hot rods. My dad is a fan of the fin cars- the ones from the mid 1950’s to the early 1960’s that were made during the height of American’s obsession with aerospace. These were grandiose times when America was king, the cars were kings of the road and everyone was clamoring to get on a jet plane or watch some seemingly hair-brained scientists at NASA try and thrust someone into outer space. The Jetsons were making living in space both realistic and fun! Chrome was a good thing. Fins were better. Seatbelts did not exist.

Dad always wanted a classic car from that era but would never pull the trigger on getting one. He would cite things like paying for kids school, saving money for the possibility that one of his kids would need bail, paying for a vacation or paying for a home renovation. Stand-up guy all around my dad would always do for others before he would do for himself. We figured that we would take the excuses out of the equation buy one for him. It was early June and we hashed out a plan to get it and surprise him in time for father’s day.

We needed to get a car first. As I have blogged in the past my father, brother and I all share the same taste in cars. I knew that he would want something 2 door and hard top (no pillar between the front and rear window. I also knew he would want tail fins that take up more space than the Skydome (Rogers center? Never heard of it).

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After much deliberation and some serious soul searching we settled on a 1959 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 that was located in an Amish community. No joke, the seller of the car had a collection of classic American cars in an Amish community. The seller did not know what to make of a couple of kids not much older than teenagers showing up and telling him there plans. I’m not sure what was more out of place. Classic cars in an Amish community or us discussing te merits of these cars with a seller who could have been my grandfather. Regardless, a deal was struck and the following week the car was delivered to our leasing company in Toronto.

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this is where we got the car. it was like stepping back in time. note the vintage gas pumps.

We had the car waiting down the road that father’s day Sunday and had the whole family over for a barbecue. After dinner we told my dad to go out front and see if he left the lights on in his car. When he opened the door he was greeted to this sitting in the driveway.

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We timed it so that I drove the car up to the house as dad was walking down the front step. There was some confusion, laughing, crying and jumping up and down but at the end of it all dad was really happy. He loves his 1959 Oldsmobile. We loved surprising him with it because we could think of no better gift for the dad who is a car nut.

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Our patriarchal car nut loves telling even perfect strangers all about his car. How it is bone stock accept for the fuzzy dice hanging from the mirror. He gets a kick showing people how big the trunk is or how quite it is on the highway. Above all his favorite thing to tell people is the story of how he was surprised with it on fathers day.

Mikey Walk Of Life

Auto|One Group is proud to help out in the community. This weekend we will be taking part in the annual Mikey Walk for Life charity walk in support of the Mikey Network.

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The Mikey Network was created in 2003 after Mike Salem died of a tragic death of heart complications in 2002. Mike was a much loved member of the community and in his honor several people banded together to create the Mikey Network. They are dedicated to providing mobile Automatic External Defibrillator units to as many businesses, schools and households as possible. This is a great cause. Having the proper equipment and proper training could literally mean the difference between life and death. Since The Mikey Network has started countless lives have been saved and more people are getting on board with the program daily.

We have a sizeable group of Auto|One Group family and friends coming out to support us. Employees, family, children and even some 4 legged members of the team. To donate to this cause or learn more about the charity please visit: https://mikeynetwork.com/donate-to-mikey-network

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/

50 years of wild cars

This year marks 50 years that Lamborghini has been building some of the most obscene, gorgeous and imaginative cars that exist. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and see some of the projects that Lamborghini has boggled our minds with. We cannot explore every car they made because we don’t have time and, let’s face it they were not all “winners”. We will focus on the ones that made an impact. Not the type of impact a really good slice of pie makes after dinner. The type of impact that forces someone to finish school and be really successful just so they can afford one. The type of impact that makes other automotive designers hate their own designs.

Ferruccio Lamborghini was the son of Italian farmers who started his own tractor company. As a wealthy Italian he saw it fitting that he has a collection of these new Italian sports cars everyone was talking about. The problem was Ferruccio Lamborghini was not impressed with the performance, build quality or road handling of his Ferrari’s  He made this known to Enzo Ferrari who essentially challenged him to build a better car, but not in a polite way.

Ferruccio was apparently not a person to be trifled with because he took Enzo up on his challenge and with the help of some outside engineers (some of whom developed the legendary Ferrari 250) went to work to build a 3 liter v12. The first car was the Lamborghini 350 GT. This car made its debut at the Turin auto show in 1963 and shocked the world. It was like nothing else on the road. This is the car that launched Lamborghini onto the world stage as an Italian exotic car manufacture. Built from 1964-1966.

The Miura was essentially sex on wheels. If you can pick your jaw up off the ground and tuck your tongue back in your mouth I will tell you more. This car had the first transverse mounted V12 engine (part of why it is so wide). Don’t think this is a big deal?  This created the recipe for the modern super car. Mid-engine, high horsepower, low slung 2 seats. It was also the fastest car in the world when it was unveiled. A little known fact about the Miura is that Furruccio Lamborghini did not want to produce cars like that. A group of engineers who worked for him created it in their spare time. When they presented it to Furruccio he was livid that they had done this behind his back. When they unveiled it to the world, Lamborghini was left with no alternative but to build the car. built from 1966-1972.

The Miura was replaced by the Countach. This is the car that was on every kid’s wall growing up. This was the car that could never be built today because it seemed to violate so many laws of physics that it practically laughed at them. Parallel parking one is virtually impossible, it involves opening the door and sitting on the door sill to see the passenger back bumper. This is okay because everyone gets to see scissor doors! If you hit a pedestrian in it you would most likely strike them just above the ankles. The car was that low to the ground.  Again, Lamborghini revolutionized the super car. The Countach introduced the wedge shape and forward cabin that became standard issue on so many other followers. This was the most radical car design of the time and quite possibly the most radical design ever. Built from 1974-1990, yes it was made for that long.

This was followed by the Lamborghini Diablo. These cars, like all Lamborghini’s are very wide, very low and very impressive. This was the first Lamborghini to have there nowtrademark all-wheel drive system installed (in the later model cars). You can judge a Lamborghini based on who owned them at the time. This effort was put forth while Lamborghini was operated by Chrysler. The money was flowing, as long as they could justify spending it. This car remained in production from 1990-2001. Unfortunately while the rest of the world got technically mature and savvy Lamborghini continued to build striking cars that were not much fun to drive or maneuver. The Diablo has been referred to as “the 200mph tank”. This was a name that was unfortunately quite fitting as these cars were very hard to handle and control. Produced from 1990-2001.

Volkswagen bought Lamborghini in 1998 and completely revamped operations of the company. No longer were the cars cobbled together by old men with no teeth using hammers in a ramshackle facility. No longer did they suffer from basic fit and finish issues. The electronics systems on the cars even started to work properly thanks to the new German owners.

The first new car to be developed during this time was the Murcielago, it was designed prior to the takeover but Volkswagen oversaw the initial build process. The Murcielago was introduced in 2001 with 572 HP standard all-wheel drive and yes, scissor doors. 2004 brought out the convertible and 2006 brought out the Murcielagoo LP640 with 640 horse power. Built from 2001-2010.

The first Lamborghini V12 developed in conjunction with Volkswagen is the Aventador. This car was built in a wind tunnel that Lamborghini bought in partnership with an airplane manufacture. You know these guys are serious when…… this car keeps the traditional Lamborghini recipe, scissor doors, low, wide, all-wheel drive, V12 with 690 HP but adds to it. The Aventador adds supreme aerodynamics, sophisticated drive and electrical systems and boutique building materials. The car is made up mostly of carbon fiber and other materials that are more sophisticated than your collection of rare ports and cheeses. Built from 2011 onward.

Lamborghini has come a long way from being a tractor manufacture with a hap-hazard car building team. They have been through their share of owners and had their share of setbacks. For all there trouble we thank them. I can’t think of a better car for a child to hang on their bedroom wall. Auto|One Group is always happy to discuss the merits of your favorite bull.

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!

Toronto spring classic car auction

Auto|One Group was at the semi-annual collector car auction. It is always a great show as there is a wide variety of cars available. This is what sets this car auction apart from all other car auctions around. From high dollar classics, high horse power muscle cars, late model European cars, mid-80’s and 90’s American, to project cars and antiques- it’s all at the show! They usually have a couple of boats and RV’s available as well.

This year they even had a plane for sale. The “Gimli Glider” is perhaps the most famous plane in Canadian history- a story known around the world in aeronautical circles. The Gimli glider is an Air Canada Boeing 767 that ran out of fuel mid-air with a full load of passengers. The pilot was an amateur glider who knew of an abandoned World War 2 landing strip in Gimli Manitoba. In an incredible feat of skill he glided the massive plane to a safe landing at the airstrip- while interrupting the drag race competition that was taking place during that day. Look it up, definitely worth the read!

Sadly the plane did not sell as it only brought $500,000 and is worth far more than that. Auto|One Group would have bought it…. But that would have meant that I would have been out of a job.

It is important to note that this auction seems to be the jump start that everyone needs in the classic car community to wake their cars up from hibernation and get them running. Usually a week or two after the auction is when we start to see more and more cars on the road, and for sale.

We finance, lease and locate all matter of classic cars. Contact us through your favorite electronic fashion for more details. If you like your cars old school than you probably like your conversations the same. We are located at 150 Oakdale road in Toronto and at 8555 Cambie street in Vancouver. Auto|One Group is happy to talk shop, discuss cubic inches chrome bumpers and cars with old school character.

Happy cruising from everyone At Auto|One Group.

the best art subjects in the world

We get lots of complements on our showroom. Auto|One Palladini has one of the nicest showrooms around. That is not a biased comment. Aside from the great inventory we stock one of the main things that grabs people’s attention is our artwork.

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Michael Irvine is a renowned Canadian artist with a knack for painting amazing pictures of glorious cars. We have 8 of his pieces in our showroom. Michael’s work is intricate but not overly so. For instance, if you look at the centerpiece of one of these cars you will clearly see another car in the reflection.  This adds a nice touch to his work that is not immediately apparent. He also does a great job of blending in new muscle cars with old ones.  His focus is on “Detroit Iron” so don’t expect to see any imports in his work. We call them continental classics.

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At Auto|One Palladini we believe that art is whatever you want it to be. Many of our cars are rolling art. If your spouse will not let you put a car in the bedroom we understand. These beautiful pictures involve far less renovation to hang on a wall than say, a 1969 Camaro.

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All of his pieces are available for purchase. Michael Irvine is a Canadian artist; this means that businesses can write off the purchase if you decide his work needs to adorn your office or boardroom.  Come by our office at 150 Oakdale and pick your favorite. If you’ve been good you can pick more than one!