Old School technology that needs to come back!

Progress – coupled with technology – is a beautiful thing. It changes the way we live on a daily basis. It makes our lives easier, safer, simpler and faster. The same can be said for cars. We live in a world where our car can tell us if we are drifting into another lane, how long we have before we need an oil change and even where to turn to find the next Starbucks. What cool features have been killed off in the name of progress and technology? I give some old school vehicle features that need to come back…now!

the hand crank can stay in the past….

Pop-up head lights:

We’ve all seen old Pontiac Firebirds driven by men in sleeveless denim shirts, sporting mullets and a handlebar moustache (or is it just my recollection?). Their cars appear to be winking at other drivers because the pop-up headlight motor has died on one side. They look funny and make the car’s general appearance comical. What about the drop-dead gorgeous cars that wear the pop-up headlights? Porsche’s slant-nosed 911s? Ferrari 456? Mazda Rx7s? Stunning cars – this is not debatable, it’s a fact. How different would they look with conventional headlights? What would happen to their sleek and aerodynamic styling?

T-tops:

Again, I am going to refer back to Billy-Bob driving his Pontiac fire-chicken. For those of you who don’t know what a T-top is, I feel sorry for you, because you have never seen Smokey and the Bandit. A T-top is only found on a two-door car and features two removable glass sections, one above the driver and one above the passenger. These are awesome because you can let your hair blow in the wind and still have the rigid structure of a fixed roof. Datsun 280s had them. Cameros and Firebirds? Ditto. And Porsche and Ferrari had the Targa: similar, except the whole roof comes out.

7-band equalizers:

My grandfather’s original Toyota Supra had a 7-band equalizer finished in brushed aluminum. I remember thinking I was sitting in a jet plane looking at all of those knobs and dials. Yeah, you can just toggle through your stereo interface and keep the dash looking “cleaner”, but think of the children! Think of the children!! They look so cool and intricate. Love that feeling when you get in a car and there are foreign buttons not immediately recognizable – it forces the passenger to respect the driver and the car that much more.

Swivel-out seats:

Luxury sports cars in the 1950s and early 1960s had these. You’re a tall person, or you have a hard time bending down. You want a sports car, but because of the aforementioned ailments, you have a hard time getting in and out. Swivel-out seats swivel out of the car and angle towards the street when the door opens. Essentially, they make for much better ergonomics when entering and exiting. Also, imagine your car seat coming out to great you when you get in? It’s like the waiter is constantly there to pull out your seat. Thanks, Alfred!

So…did I miss any? What cool technologies from today will fall by the wayside tomorrow?

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exotics, delivered.

At Auto|One Group we don’t like to gush, brag, spill beans, or yarn a tale. This week I cannot help but share with you 2 of our deliveries that went out the door.

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2012 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super trofeo Stradale- mouthful of a name for a handful of a car. This car is amazing! For those that don’t know what this car is or represents it is essentially a street legal race car. it is 66 pounds lighter than the Superleggera (superlight) Gallardo and tips the scales at 2,954lbs (dry). This car uses only the highest quality materials and manufacturing processes. Lamborghini reportedly shares a wind tunnel with a large jet company (seriously!). The car is smothered carbon fiber and other ultra-high end materials such as aluminum, suede, unicorns, rainbows and cat eyelashes (maybe not the last couple.) regardless, this car is 1 of 150 for the world to gawk at, these are some pictures for you to do the same.

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McLaren MP4-12:

Wow. Just, wow. This car is a gentle reminder to the world that Britain still knows how to make a supercar. Another car made with rainbows, unicorns and such. This car boasts a carbon fiber frame twin turbo V8 with 616 hp and a 7 speed seamless shift gearbox. The car is topped off with a body that slips through the wind at speeds that would terrify even the most seasoned jet pilots. This car owes much of its roots to Formula 1 racing technologies. for instance: when you hook a corner, the inside rear wheel brakes automatically so you don’t end up in the dirt. It helps you post faster lap times. The McLaren sounds angrier than a hungry bear that has just been denied entry to an all you can eat buffet.

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Both cars have gone to caring homes where they will no doubt get the utmost attention and love from there new owners. Congratulations to our own Jack Xiao for flying to Las Vegas to make sure the Lamborghini is the real deal. Jack is also responsible for the Angry British beast of a McLaren that graced our showroom.  Both of these cars were sourced on request for a client. At Auto|One Group we help our customers realize their dreams. Check out our current inventory and see what excites you!

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YOUR ESCAPE FROM THE WORLD: MAN CAVES!

Man caves.

As far back as the Flintstones (my version of history) man has wanted a family, and a car. Cars are quite accommodating, they let us sit in them, jump in the back seats, eat in them and sleep in them. They are in a sense a traveling living room/kitchen/bedroom/storage room. Our cars are very nice to us in that respect and never tell us to wipe off our feet or not spill ketchup on the seats. Unfortunately, we are not as willing to let our cars into our living rooms. When was the last time you invited your car into the kitchen for a cold one? When was the last time you had you car over for a scotch and chat about world politics and horsepower? The answer is never because cars are not allowed to infiltrate our homes… only our souls, hearts and minds.

Lets talk about your man cave.

The man cave is the happy medium between bringing your car in the house and you spending all your time in your garage. After all, there is no place you would rather be than with your pride and joy- the automotive kind, not the offspring kind. In the past several years I have noticed an increase in Man Caves being created. People-both male and female alike are starting to invest some creative energy and money into there garage/shed/workshop/basement/wherever-your-car-sleeps-at-night.

What defines a man cave? In my opinion it needs some type of vehicle, some car parts littered around the area, a stool or two so you can be comfortable while you talk to your car and a fridge for cold ones. That was the norm for decades. Before man caves were called man caves. Now people are spending more time with their automotive brethren and are sprucing the places up a bit. It is not uncommon to see automotive inspired art hanging on walls, beer fridges shaped like tool chests and old kegs that have been converted into coolers. There are many cool ideas floating around for making a man cave yours. We will explore some of them. These themes are not just limited to a garage space either either.

Bathrooms:

Bar/kitchen:

Workshop:

As you can see the man cave movement has livened up our automotive haciendas and made them more fun to be in. They also act as a conversation piece.

The man cave is just as much about function as it is form though. You need to be able to get around and under your vehicles to do routine maintenance, a 1.5-2 car garage minimum is needed so you are not rubbing the paint off your car. You will need good lighting for when you drop small parts into the abyss that is your engine bay.  ready access to tools and any parts necessary, I recommend good ratchets, screwdrivers, and torque wrenches. If you have a newer car that runs off a similar system to the Hal 9000 from 2001 A Space Odyssey than you should probably invest in a digital computer scanner as well. Having internet access is important for times when you genuinely don’t know what you are doing. At this time it is important to convince those around you and yourself that you do in fact know what you are doing. You are simply going online to make sure you have the “right tools” to do the job. Jack stands are nice, an actual car lift will make you the envy of all the other cave men on the block though.

Whats that you say? You have trouble changing a light bulb and just need a place to escape to? Not a problem, the man cave is your oasis from the rigors of life. The Man cave is YOUR SPACE! Only you can go in there and play classic arcade Pac-Man by the light of your neon beer signs. Only you can go play Free Bird on Guitar Hero without need for headphones. Also you have an excellent singing voice…. When your by yourself. The man cave is your space to do as you please. It is your escape from reality and does not solely need to be about cars, we just recommend that is is. And that it has a certain automotive theme.

I have just given you a good rundown of how to setup your man cave for actual wrenching. The decor is up to you. I have merely provided some suggestions. Keep this in mind when setting up your man cave: The cooler the space, the more your friends will want to hang out and help you work on your automotive legend.

OH CANADA! the land of epic drives.

This weekend is the Canada day long weekend. While many of you are going to be at a cottage relaxing or hanging out in the city on your favorite patio if you don’t have access to a cottage. Don’t worry I will see you on the patio! Let’s take a second to appreciate Canada’s rich and diverse topography, before we enjoy its rich and diverse alcohol. Auto|One Group presents Canada’s best drives and the best cars do them in.

The Maritimes: Newfoundland has some of the most breathtaking views in the country, sweeping panoramas of the ocean situated next to rich and pristine forests. Traffic is sparse; the budding moose population will present more of a hazard than other cars. The roads are very twisty with lots of opportunities to test suspension, tires and your hand eye coordination. Don’t believe us? The Targa of Newfoundland attracts drivers from all over the world every year to take part in the quasi rally race. You will want to do this with the top down so you can full appreciate the scenery plus, how awesome is it go get some salt water spray on your face while hooking corners?! You should visit Canada’s rocky playground in early June so you can see the icebergs at the northern and eastern tip of the continent. The Cabbot trail in Nova Scotia is similar to Newfoundland and just as rewarding, more cars and less moose though.

Best car for the job? Lotus Elise or Porsche boxer. You’re on a budget? Mazda Miata. You will not need too much power, just agility to carry you through the corners.

Quebec: Quebec is an odd-duck province. You can drink at 18, party until 3 am but can’t make a right on a red. Quebec is also known for is beautiful historic cities and quaint townships. The roads are also twisty through the northernmost regions of the Appalachian mountains but offer more straightaways than our friends on the Atlantic Ocean.  Auto|One Group recommends touring the culturally fantastic Eastern Townships, in the fall with the leaves changing, it will also change you as a person. No trip is complete without a visit to the world famous race track at Circuit Mt. Tremblant.

Some of the best cars you’ve never herd of can be found on the road in this province. 2 stroke Saab’s, Renault’s, Volvo wagons in manual transmission guise, ect…Best car for the job? Volvo S60R, Saab 9-5 Viggin, Subaru legacy 2.5GT turbo (those are the only odd-duck cars I can think of). You’re on a budget? Old Toyota MR2 turbo.  Mazdaspeed3 or Mazdaspeed6. Quebec marches to its own drummer, your car of choice should as well.

Ontario: A little known fact is that the roads in Ontario are awful in the northern reaches… okay it is known. This might deter some… for us enthusiasts, we embrace it. Northern Ontario is particularly sketchy around the Thunder Bay outskirts. We recommend an off-road adventure. North Bay to Cochrane Ontario is a good bet. The Canadian Shield will accompany you the entire way, the opportunities to go off-roading are limitless and the people are very friendly. Best time to go is September, avoid the black flies (you’re welcome) and the water in the thousands of lakes you will pass is warm enough to swim in.

Best car to take: Toyota FJ cruiser, Nissan Frontier, Chevy pickup 4X4. You’re on a budget? Old Nissan pathfinder or old Chevy pickup. Both are indestructible.

Manitoba/Saskatchewan:  The key words here are open, flat, straight, empty. I have spent much time on the Prairies and can tell you that if your dog runs away on Tuesday you can still see him running on Thursday. It is flat. This area is mostly farmland and while it may not have much in the way of turns and bends it more than makes up for it in straight aways that last forever. Time of the year to go? September or October during the wheat harvest. The shades of gold you will see are spectacular. You will be amazed at the natural beauty of the produce we consume before it gets to our plates. You can drive it one of two ways, slow and low and enjoy the views or opt for something insane and scare yourself with the amount of speed you can pick up. Don’t worry, the majority of police cars you see at the side of the road are actually cardboard cut-outs.

Car to take: on the fast side of things I recommend a Corvette ZR-1, Mustang GT500, Nissan GT-R, anything with lots of power really… on the slow and low side I would recommend a 1968 Cadillac Eldorado convertible. They float over just about everything and have motors that are laughably large.

Alberta is a very geographically diverse province. To the east it is the bread basket of the world and thus flat as anything you can imagine. To the West you get the best skiing in North America by way of the Rocky Mountains. This requires you to be a good all-around driver. Comfortable with massive amounts of speed that come from the east, and able to hook corners that drop off into a rocky abyss that catch you by surprise in the Rockies. Your best time to go is October. Avoid the summer tourists in the mountains. Best drives?  Take the Trans Canada through the mountains and then loop back down into the prairies. Enjoy the leaves changing colour but be wary of slipping out on wet patches.

Car to take: Nissan GT-R Porsche 911 turbo, Corvette ZR-1, Ferrari 458 Mercedes SL63 AMG. You’re on a budget? Old Corvette or Nissan Z car.

British Columbia. Situated between the Pacific Ocean and the other side of the Rocky Mountains is the mecca for many different things. Hippies, winter sports, lumberjacks and hockey riots. They also have a crazy network of roads that snakes through the mountains. Constant turns, changes in altitude, inclement weather and narrow roads are just some of the things that will face a driver in the interior of BC. We will not get into vying for space with logging trucks, local wildlife and falling rocks, that will be a surprise for you to discover. Time to go? Not the winter, keep the wheels between the ditches!

Good power, even better handling is a must Porsche Cayman S, BMW M3, lotus Extige. On a budget? Subaru WRX, Honda S2000.

North West Territories.  From the land of black flies the size of houses and ice road truckers comes the great baron wasteland. Yellowknife is one of the few cities where roads exist, although they are shared with snowmobiles and ATV’s.  You need to go in the middle of January when the ice roads are opened up for the truckers to deliver equipment up to the diamond mines. It will be -40 outside so pack warm, there will be few rest stops so bring food and supplies in case you get trapped. This all seems a little intense for you… I know but the rewards are amazing. Long, flat, wide open roads with soft cushy barriers (snow that has been plowed) the only traffic is other truckers and the cops monitoring there speed. Special bonus: the northern lights are spectacular, you will probably see them. They will leave you speechless with there different colours dancing across the sky.

Car to take: Subaru WRX STi, Mitsubishi Evo, Audi RS4. You’re on a budget? Old school Subaru Impreza or anything with ice studs.

Canada is a rich and diverse country with lots to explore. We have some of the friendliest people and each town you visit has its own unique heritage and tradition. Isn’t it time you put on some driving gloves, bought a map and visited some of those people?

happy Canada day from all of us at Auto|One Group!

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.

Happy Mother’s Day

Auto|One Group would like to gently remind you that this Sunday is mother’s day. We repeat; THIS SUNDAY IS MOTHERS DAY, DON’T FORGET!! SHE BROUGHT YOU INTO THIS WORLD, SHE CAN DAMN WELL TAKE YOU OUT OF IT! Now that we have gently reminded you of your plans this weekend we can continue.

A little while ago I shared with you my experiences with my father and how it influenced/ fueled my passion for cars. I was gently reminded by my mother that she is also a gear head. She steered my upbringing but blames the results on my father. Allow me to present the necessary evidence.

Once upon a time in 1973 my parents needed a new car but dad was afraid to pull the trigger on something fun. He cited the oil crises, economy, resale value, shag rug values and everything else you could do to try and sway my mother into an economy car. My father wanted her to see a base model Ford Maverick 4 door sedan that he was interested in buying. It had an automatic transmission and something called the “thriftpower six”. It had green paint- not a very nice shade with cream coloured bumpers. This was the norm in the early 1970’s for a car trying to look good even though it was not. I think he told mom it had power windows as a selling feature.

Dad took mom to the dealership to see the car he had picked out. Mom saw what he was pointing at and said no way, end of story, back to the drawing board. On the way back home amidst an awkward silence they passed by a Datsun dealership. Mom saw a gorgeous sleek 2 door sports car sitting in the showroom and told my dad to pull in. She immediately fell in love with the 1973 Datsun 240Z in British racing green its long hood, sculpted roof line and short trunk. The price was about the same as the Ford Mavrick but the sporting heritage was undeniable. Automobile magazine called it one of the best cars of the 1970’s. They bought it on the spot.  Score one for mom!

Mom worked for the Victorian Order of Nurses during this period and was assigned to do house calls for people who could not leave the house. She happily drove this rear wheel drive manual transmission car year round while answering house call. Mom rarely got stuck (we will get into her winter driving skills later). This Datsun remained with the family lovingly until my parents moved to New York. The car was not allowed to travel to the big apple because during the late 1970’s cars had a shelf life of 7 seconds before they were stolen.

This car was replaced by a silver Datsun 280zx that mom instead have the turbo box ticked on the build sheet. This was mom’s car that she used to carpool with me. While everyone else was getting dropped off to school in wood panel station wagons (predating SUV’s and minivans) I would get dropped off in a Japanese turbocharged rear wheel drive manual transmission sports car with a T-top roof. Does this make my mom a cougar?… I hope not. Regardless she loved it and so did I.

For any mothers wondering how this worked out there, let me tell you that the pros far outweighed the cons. Let’s examine them:

Pros of carpooling in a sports car:

  • You can only take 3 children.
  • Children are limited in their ability to squirm around and cause trouble because there is no room to move.
  • Hockey practice for more than one child is out of the question. No room for more than one hockey bag
  • Whining children are met with downshifting and the spooling of a turbocharger.
  • No cup holders to put food and juice boxes in equals no eating or drinking in the car.

Cons of carpooling in a sports car:

  • Explaining to a child that if you come to a complete stop in snow you will never get the car moving again.
  • Having that child tell their mom that you don’t stop at stop signs and skid up and down hills.
  • Having that child’s mother call you and question your driving habits/ skills.

I should mention that my Mom has never had an accident. She reminds me of this a lot… I’m sure your mothers remind you of that or similar driving flaws that you have inherited as well. Your mother always has your best interests at heart. Happy Mother’s Day!

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.