60 Years Behind the Wheel: The Cars We Drove in Canada, by Bill Sherk

By Bill Sherk

Winner of the 2004 overseas Gallery of outstanding Printing Bronze Award for marvelous Craftsmanship in construction, and the Ontario Printing and Imaging organization Excellence in Print Awards, counseled for the 2004 Honourable point out for amazing Craftsmanship in Production

From rumble seats and working broads to energy tops and tailfins, 60 Years in the back of the Wheel captures the joys of motoring in Canada from the sunrise of the 20 th century to 1960. There are fascinating tales of vehicles with out guidance wheels, and interesting images of ancient cars from around the state. From the Studebaker to the Lincoln-Zephyr, from the showroom to the scrapyard, listed here are over one hundred fifty autos owned and pushed by means of Canadians.

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The license number (2994) is clearly visible but with no year of issue. Ontario introduced license plates in 1903 as a convenient new source of revenue, but did not issue annual plates with the year displayed until 1911. The Rambler was renamed the Jeffery in 1914, after the founder of the company, Thomas B. Jeffery. The Jeffery was renamed the Nash in 1917 when Charlie Nash took over. The Rambler name was revived in 1950 with the introduction of America’s first commercially successful post-war compact car, the Nash Rambler.

He has restored twenty-seven of them. ” 1909 IT’S INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT this ad from Hyslop Bros. in Toronto appeared on Thursday, March 18, 1909, in the local newspaper, the Leamington Post, in Leamington, Ontario, a community over two hundred miles from Toronto. The ad likely ran in papers all over Ontario and reflected the aggressive marketing policy of this enterprising dealership. Instant Grandstand, Weston, 1910 WHAT WERE THESE PEOPLE WATCHING from their car parked in a farmer’s field in Weston, Ontario, in July 1910?

Her future brother-in-law’s father, Roy Deitch, is standing in front of the car. He was a university student at the time and was hired as a chauffeur for the family that owned the car. The photo was taken “around 1911” on Roxborough Avenue at Chestnut Park in midtown Toronto. The houses in the background are still there, now with many beautiful shade trees. Marjorie (born in 1901) could not remember the name of the car when interviewed by the author in 1995. 00. A close examination of the picture shows the passengers are wearing hats and overcoats and there are no buds or leaves on the trees, suggesting a late fall scene in 1911.

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