Toronto Spring Classic Car Auction

I recently had the opportunity to check out the Toronto Spring Classic Car Auction held at the International Centre. Over the years, I have come to this show to experience the sights and sounds of the classic car scene in action and to keep informed on local prices. Attending in person, is quite the visceral experience as being up close with these vintage machines as they fire up their V8 engines to go up on the block is as close to Barrett- Jackson’s as you can get in Toronto.

I vividly remember the auction in the early 2000s and seeing top quality cars including; matching number Chevelles, 60s Corvettes and Mopar’s such as Chargers, Challengers and Javelins all rolling off the block in the range of 75K-80K and for the trailer queens you would see upwards of 100K bids. Well, those days are definitely over, and the new era is far more realistic and more interesting as there are now bargains to be had for anyone with cash.  Overall, prices of classic cars and trucks are down significantly since the peak in the Fall of 2007 before the global recession really took hold. For the full details of what things sold for check out final sales data. And with the added meltdown of the US economy and housing market over the past few years, far less US buyers are attending these types of Canadian events which has dramatically lowered overall values.

One local dealer who sells a tonne of cars at the auction is Segal Motorcar Company. They always bring some of the cleanest and most pristine high end exotics to the auction block including Porsches, Ferraris, Aston Martins, Maseratis and the odd Bentley.

Here are some of the highlights from the auction.

The next one is scheduled for October and is a must attend event if you are into classic cars.  And if you are lucky enough to be in a position to purchase one, just remember to bring your chequebook because for sure, there’s something for sale that would look great in your driveway.

3 thoughts on “Toronto Spring Classic Car Auction

  1. Watch for the Steve Plunkett outdoor car show near Byron ON in June. Hundreds of cars and trucks presented in a pastoral setting. Two major indoor displays of antique and classic Fleetwood Cadillacs. Google Steve Plunkett for more details.

  2. haha dident i just ansewr this ??o well public car auctions are repos,or just cars that the ar lot couldent sell you see a car lot can only keep a car on there lot for a certin amount of day (unless its private owned) and after that they send it to the auction or some times it can just be a car smeone traded in or even donated usally cars at public auctions are in decent shape and before the auctioin you get to go look at all the cars and you can write down what you thing about it and how much you will go up to it (make sure you bring a notepad) and also rite dwn the number of the car so you know the correct one to bid on and from there its just a game of cat and mouse you compete with other people to win the car andTIP: dont bid straight out with your highest price make room to adjust your price if needed if you have any more question you can email me directly at

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