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Hooniverse Asks- What’s Canada’s Coolest Car?

Robert Emslie November 14, 2012 Hooniverse Asks

Alternately known as “America’s Hat” and “Oh yeah, those guys,” Canada has since its July 1, 1867 inception garnered either good natured ribbing or general indifference. And that goes for the most part for the Canadian auto industry as well. But just as you might not know that Canada is home to the World’s longest covered bridge – the 1,282-foot Hartland bridge in New Brunswick – you may also be unaware of all the famous cars that have over the years come off of Canada’s assembly lines.

The first car to do so was a Ford – appropriately named the Model C – which debuted in the Fall of 1904. Sadly for Canadian Model C buyers, Canada’s first gas station didn’t open until 1907. Since then however, both cars and pumps have proliferated across America’s courteous neighbor to the north. Some of those have stayed there, while others have mede the trip to other parts of the world, demonstrating the Canadian workers’ prowess for mechanical assembly and fodder for the cable TV staple How It’s Made.

But which Canadian car is the coolest? See what I did there? Whether it’s Bizzaro World editions of familiar cars with strange names and grilles, or familiar faces that just happen to call Canada their birthplace, Canadian cars are all kinds of quirky. Heck, Ford even has one of their most venerated engines named after its Windsor Ontario plant! So what do you think, which Canadian car is the coolest?

Image: [Old Car Advertising]

Currently there are "83 comments" on this Article:

  1. Tanshanomi says:

    <img src="http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6126/5944018661_321b8cc241.jpg"&gt;
    "Ah, guys, it turns out that we may have killed off our full-sized RWD sedan a bit prematurely. Can you send a few of yours down, pretty please?"

    "Oh, so we Canucks suddenly aren't such backwards fools now, are we? In your face, U.S. Pontiac!"

  2. engineerd says:

    I saw a Monarch Lucerne at the Orphan Car Show last year. I had never heard of it, but I dig the upside down Hofmeister Kink on the front windshield.

    <img src="http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6165/6232455850_83458f8b1a.jpg&quot; width="500" height="333" alt="1960 Monarch Lucerne">

  3. Alff says:

    At first I thought Bricklin, but Manic GT…

    <img src="http://gomotors.net/pics/Manic/manic-gt-05.jpg"&gt;

  4. $kaycog says:

    I think the Mercury pickups are really, really cool.

    <img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3570/3656866376_fe3fd3a713.jpg"width="500"/&gt;

    Image: flickr – carphoto

  5. Tanshanomi says:

    Okay, totally off topic, but…

    92 Buick Roadmaster LMT – $2950 (SW Missouri)
    http://kansascity.craigslist.org/ctd/3404397591.h

    <img src="http://images.craigslist.org/3E43F43Lb5K25Jb5M8cbc61119b43f7de1097.jpg"&gt;
    I kinda want it. Because the Town Cow just isn't big enough.

  6. oldcarjunkie says:

    I really dig the Manic GT but never managed to see one.

    I'm going to go with the Lada Niva pickup truck – the two door in this style was only built in Halifax, Canada for a short time.

    <img src="http://farm1.staticflickr.com/167/465464678_8caabe4036.jpg&quot; width="500" height="313" alt="1990 Lada Niva Truck">
    <a href="http://www.curbsideclassic.com/curbside-classics-european/curbside-classic-lada-niva-pickup-truck/” target=”_blank”>http://www.curbsideclassic.com/curbside-classics-european/curbside-classic-lada-niva-pickup-truck/

  7. Number_Six says:

    Walter Wolf's Formula 1 cars. He had Jody Scheckter, Bobby Rahal, James Hunt, and Keke Rosberg drive for him. The team might not have had great success but they had some talent on board. In 1986 Suzuki issued a limited-edition of the awesome RG500 in WW team colours.

    <img src="http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m40jjqzq871r5pj07o1_500.jpg&quot; />
    <img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8177/8032729390_640b9baa9d_b.jpg&quot; width="500" />

  8. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat says:

    The Chrysler Intrepid, for multiple reasons.

    First, Chrysler not Dodge, and manufactured in Brampton, Ontario, eh.

  9. DemonXanth says:

    <img src="http://www.camaro5.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=210958&stc=1&d=1297467706&quot; width=500>
    Technically, this is an import here.

  10. Devin says:

    Right now, literally the coolest car in Canada is the E-type down the road from me, which is basically buried in a snowbank.

    But to answer the actual question, I've always liked the '61 Meteor.

    <img src="http://www.curbsideclassic.com/wp-content/comment-image/3054.jpg"&gt;

  11. Devin says:

    Another answer: LHD TVR Griffiths.

    <img src="http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4097/4820144684_3546571a09.jpg&quot; width="500" height="375" alt="TVR Griffith 500">

    I read they were even assembled here, though there were very few actually made.

    • Number_Six says:

      I remember my father and I standing next to a TVR at the Toronto Auto Show, trying to figure out how we could pool our resources to get one of these. Glad we didn't because my part-time job at Canadian Tire wouldn't have covered the cost of so much as a tire.

    • skitter says:

      That's IT! I am moving to Canada!

  12. LTDScott says:

    I'm biased, but I'd say the Mercury Marquis LTS. Canada-only Mercury twin to my LTD LX. There were only 3200 or so LTD LXs made, so I'd guess Marquis LTS production was probably in the hundreds.

    <img src="http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/4/458/3681/38644340001_large.jpg"&gt;
    <img src="http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/4/458/3681/38644340002_large.jpg"&gt;

  13. CABEZAGRANDE says:

    Has HTT actually gotten a Plethore into a customers hands? If so, that's my answer. Hard to argue with those kinds of performance figures. But I don't want that to be my answer if it's still just vaporware.

  14. boostedlegowgn says:

    I know some of you won't click a TTAC link for various reasons, but you should really check out this thing that I spotted in the summer. It has a Sleeman's tap-handle for a shifter, and that's just for starters…
    http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/an-all-c

  15. mr. mzs zsm msz esq says:

    <img src="http://images-mediawiki-sites.thefullwiki.org/09/2/9/6/70028293524299005.jpg&quot; width="300"> Volvo Halifax Assembly, made carbed Volvos into the '80s, made Volvos until the '90s, but yeah the AmazonCanadian is my personal favorite. <img src="http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NDAxWDU4MQ==/$(KGrHqJHJE0E+6sm-,S5BQWhvKt(9w~~60_35.JPG"&gt;

  16. mdharrell says:

    It's a McLaughlin… labeled as a Buick. Make that a McLaughlin-Buick.

    <img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3326/3445167644_f6a7beeb37.jpg&quot; width="450">

  17. mr. mzs zsm msz esq says:

    <img src="http://dentoneer.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/trailerparkboys.jpg"&gt; All great Canadian cars for sure, but not the greatest Canadian Cahrrr -The Shitmobile

    [youtube JkMsQewhYgc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkMsQewhYgc youtube]

  18. Vavon says:

    For me it has to be the Conquest Knight XV…The sheer size of it and that name… http://www.conquestvehicles.com/knight-xv.html
    <img src="http://blog.carazoo.com/uploaded_images/King1-736292.JPG&quot; width=600>

  19. fodder650 says:

    Four wheels were so last decade. What you need is a true Canadian car of the future.

    <img src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/90/Colour_avrocar_59.jpg&quot; width=600 />

  20. Tomsk says:

    Acadian Canso: When a mere Chevy II just won't do.

    <img src="http://www.up22.com/Acadian/page3_90.jpg&quot; width="500" />

  21. Frere P. says:

    Anything made by Bill Sadler (Ste Catherines Ontario). This is a Mk 3 from the late 1950's:
    <img src="http://www.marque1.com/.a/6a00e54fcad7368833017c322f6321970b-800wi"&gt;

  22. Bill W. says:

    You can't mistake a '61 Monarch as Canada's coolest car!

    <img src="http://i161.photobucket.com/albums/t234/cubboom/Top%2010%20Cars/61Monarch1.jpg&quot; border="0" alt="Photobucket"/>

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