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My passion is also my business, as I am with the Toronto based Hav-A-Kar Auto Group. I sell or lease any make of car, van or truck available in Canada. My interest in all things "car" has helped me with my many clients in Ontario over the past 20+ years. Please give me the opportunity to assist you.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

October 13: Putin's new car

Guess who's getting a brand new car designed especially for his royal thugness?



It's all very secretive, as you can see from the camo covered prototypes cruising around the barren and cold Russian wilderness. Oops! I guess I gave away the answer with this hint (and maybe the title?). How special is it to have a car company, in this case ZIL (who actually hasn't made a car or truck since 2012), step up to design and build something just for the head honcho? Oh sure, there will be a few others given to the "chosen ones", but overall production will be tiny or less.

This company has been known as the limo builder for Mother Russia for many years, with its cars always resembling slightly past due American iron, specifically Packards........



















Not the least bit original, but what the heck, there was nobody to compete with them, as the closed borders of the Soviet Union and the lack of money, meant only the top politicos could find themselves behind the curtained back windows of these big, usually black, limos.


For a change of pace (the Packard must have become passe'), as the front end of this later model picked up on design cues of the 1961 Cadillac. And why it is that most of these pics were taken in winter enforcing that stereotype of this very cold country?

Even those out of date ZIL designers wanted to catch up to the decades just passed, so more modern looking cars came out of the plant. Of course, the requisite cold photo fits right in.........



........but for a change of pace, the last generation ZIL limo leaves the Kremlin in summer passing by St. Basil's Cathedral, as it leaves the tourists behind to ponder who this car might be waiting for. I've been there and can tell you for a fact that any car in front of this fanciful church will look somber and boring (well, maybe not one of the new Lexus').

So, with all this history and the desire to be seen in a Russian mobile, ZIL once again has become involved in the process of creating a new ride for the head thugs and oligarchs. Well, maybe not the latter, as they probably all have Rolls-Royces. If you were designing a new limousine for the head of your country, who would you copy?














Sure, do the Rolls and why not? Now, what surprises me is the size of this new state limo, as it looks a little compact. Not to worry, since when his Royal Putinness gets aboard, this baby with have the presence it needs to impress the proletariat. No truck-like Cadillac limo for this dictator.

Or maybe a wide open landau, the better to be adored in?


The hell with security, no one would dare take a shot, but if they did..........


You got it, a ZIL hearse to die for.

But back to the reality of Putin's new ZIL. Time is running out as the deadline is his inauguration in the spring of 2018. Would you want to be the one to tell him it won't be ready? Maybe that hearse might come in handy after all.

Until next time.......


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

October 10: Trust the Swiss

Trust those wild and crazy Swiss to come up with an edible car. Talk about being a conservationist's dream ride.


Just a nice little electric car, but with a difference. The Catecar was to be produced starting in 2015, but from my research, I can't see that it ever was. Flash forward to 2017 and the Geneva show, where those Catecar folks dropped a new vision on an unsuspecting, but still hungry marketplace. Hungry for technology and hungry for conservation. The perfect solution is Catecar's new Dragonfly. Are you ready world?


This cartoonish looking ride still retains the ability to be eaten by its owner, as it is made of woven vegetable fabric. Let's see BMW, Audi or Ford try that. To me, it appears that the folks putting together the display stand got a mite hungry and polished off that front door. Instead of trading your Dragonfly in, simply invite a few friends over and ask them to bring a good wine. White for eating the fenders, while a nice red would be pleasant with the roof.

Now about that roof.......


Yes, your eyes do not deceive you, as those are solar panels. Obviously a sunny day ride. Cheap to operate and easy to recharge. An hour in the sun gives you 5-7 kilometres of driving pleasure. Got any long trips planned? Take the train.

Cost efficient? Of course, as the little Dragonfly is meant to be produced locally, in order to keep those rising shipping costs down. Instead of a manual, it comes with a cookbook.

Now instead of cooking up a veritable feast on the way to Grandma's.........


......you and your loved ones can arrive in the feast!

Those crazy Swiss, what will they think up next? And will you be able to eat it?

Until next time........




Friday, October 6, 2017

October 6: SHATUN!

Just when you thought you'd topped all your macho friends and their 4x4's with those large tires and wheels, you read a little article in Autoweek, that immediately humbled you. You never would guess that this could be the result of someone with more imagination than you........


What a great idea, but thank goodness it's just a cartoon, but it sure would be cool if someone, somewhere actually made a rig like this. If they did, you'd be the first in your 'hood with this wild contraption. Nothing could stop a tough little 4x4 like this one. Maybe you could try to find a toy like it, put it next to your bed and dream. But what a dream.

Wake up, little buddy, I've got something to shown you. Open your eyes........



And there it is in all its macho glory, the Shatun. Rolls off the tongue like an ill advised tweet from you know who. Available in a military or more importantly for you, a civilian version. Just the thing to load up with guns and ammo, roll out to hunt your favorite fowl or maybe track that pesky Bambi, who's been alluding you for years.

What and where? Peruse this pic and guess.......



Of course. Our Russian friends have whipped up this confection and named it after a bear, to be specific, a bear that doesn't hibernate and roams the forest all winter eating anything it can find. Interesting? Oh, and it's a very dangerous animal. Ok, that makes more sense. A perfect bad guy vehicle for one of those excretable Fast and Furious movies.

This super tough little 4x4 should be able to get itself out of just about any predicament, that would defeat your humdrum big tired pick-up. Imagine a scenario and your Shatun will rise to the occasion. Now, if your idea of fun is driving on thin ice, well, you gotta suffer the consequences and even your faithful Shatun might not be able to save you.


Place your order now in time for Christmas delivery and the first fifty orders will receive at absolutely no additional charge, a attractive pennant. Fly it from your Shatun, so that everyone will know the name of the vision that is before them. Graphics package is extra for a modest additional cost.


Happy dreamin'!

Until next time........


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October 3: So long, playboy

So long playboy and unless you haven't come out from that rock you are living under, you'll know that I'm referring to that ultimate of all playboys, Hugh Heffner. Passing away last week with a smile on his face at 91. Did his lifestyle prolong his life or shorten it? Only chatting with Hugh in the afterlife will give you the answer. Great being surrounded by beautiful young and nubile lasses until you die, but the idea of a guy in his late eighties marrying a twenty five year old, just makes me ill. Envy? Jealousy? Reality?

Legacy? Sure, but being a car blog let's focus on the one that gets our hearts racing. Yep, you got it, that sensuous and lithe, smooth body. The one that we long to lovingly run our hands over. The one that we could drive to heights of ecstasy. Yes sir, I'm talking about that Playboy Pink 1964 Mustang. The girl? I'm sure she's very nice as well.

That Mustang was one of the prizes given to the 1964 Playmate of the Year and it started a tradition, that the playmate winning that year's Miss Congeniality (you imagine what that means) award would get a new set of wheels. And it would be Playboy Pink. Want to see a few? Thought you'd never ask........


















All tasty rides. Maybe the colour wouldn't thrill some camo wearing macho types, but heck, I could see past that pastel pink shade, if I was given one of these. Is this where Mary Kaye got her idea to give away pink cars?

Even the car manufacturers let everyone know, that they were that year's chosen one.......


Nice rides, but nothing most folks wouldn't have been able to walk into their local dealer and buy for modest coin. So Playboy upped its game.......



Nice Pantera. Nice Mercedes. And I'm sure each of those lovelies deserved her award, but what did (or didn't) this young lady do.........


.........so all she got was an el cheapo Mercury Capri? What was Hugh thinking? And no, the plane didn't come with it. Ponder this one later, as time is short and we have to move on.

Over the years, the cliche'd Playboy Pink shade was ditched in favour of any colour and on any type of great ride........














But once again, every so often, that year's playmate got a less than discerning ride dumped on them......


A Toyota? No wonder she's not smiling, heck, her last boyfriend gave her one. Magazine sales must have been down that year. Every so often, that poor ol' Playmate gets a turd in her prize package and here is the latest........


A Fiat 124? Well, you can see what I think of this Mazda clone. I mean, even this Mini would have been better. Cute trumps cost.


Or how about this lucky lady, whose prize for being lusted after, was a Lamborghini Countach........


Things aren't always as they appear though. Look closely fellow car people, those stunning Countach lines are a little bit off and seem just a bit stubby. You got it! This is a kit car, probably based on a Pontiac Fiero. Do you think she knew the difference? What was Hugh thinking?

Maybe the same thing he was thinking, when he wrapped up a four door sedan to put in the prize package for that year's chosen lovely.......


At least she looks happy about it. Probably her latest squeeze told her it had a HEMI.

Ah, Hugh, you created a magazine filled with great articles joined together by a few pics of winsome lasses. Dropped on an unsuspecting public, at a time when what was on our local newsstand was a trifle more conservative. Heck, these ladies deserved those extravagant prizes for showing their all. But this begs the destined to be unanswered question, would this have been the playmate's prize if Hugh had started Playboy a few years earlier?


Until next time.......


Friday, September 29, 2017

September 29: Happy Birthday, Chevy

How many of us will get to celebrate their 100th birthday? While you ponder that, let's celebrate that milestone birthday for Chevrolet trucks. Born in 1918 and over 80% of them are still on the road. Ok, that last bit is a slight(?) exaggeration, but in line with what most truck ads seem to state these days. Anyway, the old Chevy has seen one hundred years of truck changes and progress. Changes? Yeah, there have been a few. That old workhorse has gone from being an old workhorse to, in some cases a fashion statement. Who would have thought that back in 1918, when the local farmer started loading hay bales or pigs into his new Chevrolet? Ah progress.

Yep, the old Chevy doing what it was meant to do..........

........and what it has morphed into over its lifetime. It can be a fancy pants around town ride.......


..........or a rough and tough truck for a gun totin' good ol' boy........


Either way or as a basic work truck, the American pick-up and specifically the Chevy has a lot to celebrate. A bit of history, if you please......


A thumb nail shot of some of the changes this good old truck has had over the years, but really it was in the late '50's , that the car companies realized that there might be a place for a pick-up that was something more than just a work vehicle, enter the Cameo Carrier.......



A truck, that would never see duty on a farm or a construction site, but might very well show up at an antique sale, picking up a nice used divan for that testy old aunt Martha, who would never buy anything new.

And then in 1960, real style showed up on the trusty Chevy truck.......


Looking a little space age, but hey, this was 1960. Those strange shapes at the front of the hood were supposed to get folks used to headlight designs of the near future. Well, it took a while longer, but they weren't too wild compared to what we see today. But you can see that this truck was showing its social side.

Now, I know that comparing things from a few years ago is like being on another planet, but it's still interesting to compare. I just know you are dying to see how the interiors of these trucks have changed over a few decades.......






Did a Cadillac look this good back in the day? Heck, does one look this good today? Jump in this and head out to the country club, because you sure ain't going to dirty those butter soft leather seats or lovely carpets with anything resembling dirt.

Ah, yes, folks, Happy Birthday to an iconic pick-up truck. And to celebrate, Chevy is pulling out all the stops. Going over the top. Wild and crazy, might be an understatement, but those folks at Chevy are going to roll out what might be considered the biggest change to date........


For those of you who are not attuned to revolutionary, I'll tell you. On a couple of special editions, Chevy will use the classic bow tie emblem with the word Chevrolet within it. Just like long ago. Wow! Do those at Chevrolet know how to celebrate? I can hardly wait for the 200th.

Until next time........