Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Leroy Auto 1901-1903 Made in Canada

Here is another Made in Canada Auto at the beginning of the 20th century. Added to my Album No. 33 on Antique Cars.



Les F said...

Mind you it saus his son Leroy built domestic cars in 1980........I'm pretty sure they must mean older than that ???? or maybe their is no relation at all.

Les F said...

Checkout who is putting on this exhibition, Toyota...HF&RV & it's at the Canadian Science & Technology building where we got a lot of our photos fromover the years .... Cheers !! HF&RV Have you ever wondered what makes a car Canadian? Is it a matter of production sites, design, investment sources, domestic content, sales or popularity among Canadians? To answer that question, the Canada Science and Technology Museum will host a new exhibition called "In Search of the Canadian Car" starting June 23, 2010.

This LeRoy was designed and built in Kitchener (then known as Berlin). Between 1901 and 1903, Leroy Manufacturing reportedly produced 10 to 20 units according to Richard White, who wrote a book on the history of the Canadian auto industry. (Photo: Musée des sciences et de la technologie du Canada)

Sponsored by Toyota Canada, this unique exhibition will showcase various parts of the Canadian car’s past, present and future, which is fitting since the mission of the Ottawa-based museum is to help the public understand the ongoing relationships between science, technology and Canadian society.

The exhibition will focus on the question of national identity as it pertains to manufacturing, design, marketing and consumer choices in Canada. One of the halls will combine over a dozen automobiles dating from 1867 to 1997 as well as memorabilia and promotional materials.

Timeless appeal
The number of vehicles on display is far from impressive, but their originality and exclusiveness sure are. Most of them are now the last representatives of their kind, including Henry Seth Taylor’s steam-powered car built in Standstead, Quebec, in 1867 — considered as the first automobile ever built in Canada.

Also on hand will be a 1903 LeRoy, a 1914 Russell and a 1927 McLaughlin-Buick, three "ancestors" that were engineered and manufactured in Ontario, as well as a 1971 Manic GT from Quebec.

Loose definition
The organizers took a wide approach to answer the question of national identity, inviting people to draw their own conclusions. Expect to find a number of automobiles from foreign companies that operate in Canada, including a 1961 Meteor Montcalm (a clone of a Mercury model that was sold by Ford Canada dealers) and a 1975 Bricklin SV-1 (a sporty two-seater with gull-wing doors designed in the U.S. and built in New Brunswick).

The government of New Brunswick agreed to lend financial support to American businessman Malcolm Bricklin if he built a car assembly plant in the province. The SV-1 sports coupe was manufactured there during the 1970s. (Photo: Musée des sciences et de la technologie du Canada)