Great Canadian Buick with Royal pedigree up for sale
By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos
The history of General Motors in Canada can essentially be traced back to one Oshawa man who decided to build his own cars but needed engines to power them. Eventually, the cars that started as McLaughlins, then McLaughlin-Buicks, finally Buicks as we Canadians know them. There's lots of intrigue, misinformation and money involved in the creation of Canada's biggest car company, but the early products were fit for kings.
Want proof? Well, one of two 1928 McLaughlin-Buick 496 Tourer built that year - and the only one pressed into service for the 1927 Royal Tour of Canada - is being auctioned by Bonhams off in the United Kingdom in early March. The seven-seater was used to transport two future kings; according to the press release, "they were used extensively by the then Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), his brother the Duke of York (later King George VI), and their entourage carrying out their civic duties." The 496 Tourers completed the, well, tour by being shipped by train between provinces on their route across Canada.
Bonhams figures the McLaughlin-Buick should fetch between £40,000-£45,000 (or about $65,000-$71,000) during its March sale. We're hoping a Canadian comes forward with the cash to bring it home for retirement.