Few car enthusiasts manage to make the trip through the town of Whitby without noticing Fawcett Motor Carriage. Set in an ages old drive shed and attached to an almost as old hanger type garage, there is always a rich assortment of classic cars on display. They typically range from rusty old shells to the odd concours winner hidden away inside. On any given day, you can drive by and see car buffs pondering the possibilities awaiting their wallet.
What most people don’t realize is that the quaint little compound is just the tip of the iceberg. You see, while the Fawcett crew restores, maintains and sells classic cars, the real business is in movie cars. That’s right, movie cars! Fawcett Movie Cars has hundreds of cars from 1900 on up to modern day vehicles that are rented out for movies. All over the Whitby area, if you look closely, you’ll see storage barns with all sorts of cool old cars & trucks tucked away. These are caches of Fawcett’s movie cars.
The time has come for them to thin the fleet somewhat, so they have enlisted Canadian automotive auction giants RM Auctions to sell off some 400 classic cars. Over the years, Fawcett has developed a bit of a reputation for overpricing his cars, so it’s very interesting that this entire fleet is being offered with no reserve. These cars are going to be sold.
Here is a taste of what is coming across the block, from RM’s web site:
1925 Lincoln 7 Passenger Limousine – used in the movie “Cinderella Man” – starring Russell Crowe and Renee Zellweger
1925 Hupmobile Roadster – used in the movie “Chicago” – starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Richard Gere
1931 Auburn 8-98 Conv. Coupe – rare convertible rumble-seat model in striking two-tone blue, Lycoming straight 8 engine
1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville – used in the movie “Truth, Justice & The American Way”- starring Ben Affleck and Diane Lane
1970 Cadillac Convertible – used in the movie “Evel Knievel” – starring George Hamilton
For us real world bidders, there are all sorts of more mundane cars in various states of repair. I’ve got plans to bid on a 1969 Plymouth Fury taxi that is the same as the car I drove in high school and a 1965 Sprite that looks like a basket case. That one might make a good base for a race car project.
The auction actually takes place in the little town of Eniskillen, just north of Oshawa. While you’re there, be sure to visit the General Store for a killer Kawartha Dairy ice cream cone. To get all the auction details, visit RM Auctions