As Canada's 150th birthday arrives in July, the 2017 Canadian International AutoShow (CIAS), Feb. 17-26, will celebrate its history through cars.
Under the title The Canadian Story, the CIAS Art & the Automobile exhib-it will display Canada’s most important cars in their historical context. The one-of-a-kind exhibit is hosted by Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance (Sept. 17), Canada’s version of the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California.
The roots of auto manufacturing in Canada are literally as old as the country itself. Visitors to Art & the Automobile will see several examples of vehicles that were designed, built and sold in Canada.
1) 1867 SETH TAYLOR STEAM BUGGY
Canada’s first car hit the road the same year as Confederation. The steam buggy was designed and built by watchmaker Henry Seth Taylor, of Stanstead, Que. The invention, never produced commercially, has a permanent home at the Canadian Science and TechnologyMuseum in Ottawa.