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Legendary Motors: Visit to Muscle Car Dreamland

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W hen the series 'Dream Car Garage' is on US television runs, car fans leave everything and make a pilgrimage in front of the screen. In the cult series, asphalt is blackened in chord, because everything revolves around hot tires and famous American muscle cars.

The cars presented in the show mostly come from the far north: Legendary motorcars from Canada looks after the show and provides many of the four-wheeled television stars. The company has existed since 1985 and has made a name for itself as a dealer and restoration company for exclusive sports cars.

Museum with exhibits to take away

From the 32 Packard to a completely restored Ferrari 275 from 1967 to For a still young Dodge Viper, Canadians have had everything in their hands over the past 25 years that is rare, expensive and desirable. The huge showroom in Halton Hills is less than an hour's drive from Toronto and is constantly stocked with 100 sparklingly polished vehicles. Some cars are customer vehicles that park between their fellows to hibernate, but most of the cars are for sale. At first glance, one would mistake the collection of automobile dreams, decorated with classic gas pumps, signs and posters, for a museum. The entrance hall with the huge window panes looks like a cathedral for petrol fans. 'Actually, it's a museum too - with the difference that you can not only look at the exhibits here, but also take them home with you,' grins sales manager Bill DeBlois.

AC Cobra for around 500,000 euros

Your wallet should be pretty loose, because anyone looking for an oldie at a bargain price is out of place at Legendary Motorcar. The currently most expensive piece is an original Shelby Cobra 427 in red with a black interior. In September 1966, the runabout was sold by a Ford dealer in New York for $ 6,145 and, despite many changes of ownership, is still in its original, untampered condition - in the case of the legendary Shelby Cobra, which was only built 348 times, that's a godsend. With 6,000 dollars you don't get very far with this car: Legendary Motorcar is calling out 799,000 Canadian dollars for the ultra-rare Cobra, the equivalent of more than half a million euros.

Bill DeBlois reads without batting an eyelid the price list of the current inventory and begins with the six-digitSums: $ 295,000 for an Auburn from 1931, $ 189,000 for a Shelby Mustang GT 350 in classic Wimbledon white with Le Mans blue stripes, $ 130,000 for a Buick GSX built in 1970, 140,000 dollars for a Plymouth Cuda 440 in lemon twist yellow with four-speed gearshift and the rare rally cluster instrument panel .

It goes without saying that every car looks as if it has just rolled off the assembly line, and that the restoration is documented down to the last screw. “We carry out around 12 complete restorations a year. Most of our customers come from the USA, but people from all over the world have already visited us on shopping tours, ”explains Bill deBlois.

The Dodge Challenger T /A from 1970 in the psychedelic purple paint 'Plum Crazy' remains just below the $ 100,000 mark. In a subordinate clause and almost a little bored, Bill, used to superlatives, says that this is the very first T /A that was ever built - Plymouth only brought the car in small numbers in 1970 as a homologation model for the American Trans Am -Racing series on the market.

Ford Model A for the small budget

Legendary Motorcar also has something to offer for the smaller budget, with prices rarely below 40,000 dollars. In any case, one does not seem to feel much of the crisis in the noble restorers branch: “The prices may have fallen a little”, says Bill with a shrug and hardly gives the impression that he is worried about the future. The Canadians' special offer is a $ 15,000 Ford Model A pick-up from 1931. The cream-colored transporter oldie has a chic wooden bed and chrome-plated sleeping eyes over the headlights.

The muscle car experts could be worried at most prepare the fact that at some point the supply of restoration objects could dry up - the times when you can buy a Plymouth Cuda, Shelby Mustang or Dodge Charger Daytona as a barn find from an unsuspecting farmer for little money are long gone. But even there, Bill remains confident: “There are still good cars on the market”.

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