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Tom McCahill


1960 Chrysler Saratoga, Ian & Shannon Smale,
Victoria, BC , Canada - a Pacific Island paradise 

I sold our 1962 Chrysler 300-Sport after 26 years and bought this in June 2008.  This is a rust free, Southern California car and spent its entire life in L.A until I bought it.  It is well optioned with power steering, power brakes, power windows, 6-way power swivel seats, Solex Glass, with top tint on front and rear glass, deluxe padded steering wheel with clear lucite rim, Mirror-Matic, flight-sweep deck lid, rear bumper guards, body side color sweep, dual fender mirrors with left remote control, Golden-Tone AM radio, and aftermarket Mark-IV A/C under dash. The car has a Golden Lion 383 with a Carter four barrel carb.    For more photos take this link.



1960 Dodge Polara 

         1960 Dodge Polara 4 door hardtop. ( CANADIAN production ).  Owners Ron & Jean Wenzel, North Saanich, BC. 

361 CID V8 with Power-Pak (4 barrel Carter AFB and dual exhausts, 305 HP)  Torqueflite, 3 speed, pushbutton automatic transmission, Power Steering, Power Brakes, Power Windows, Six way power front Swivel seats,  Automatic headlamp dimmer, Automatic electronic Day-Night rearview mirror (Mirror-Matic),AM Radio, Left remote control fender mirror, Mopar Airtemp under dash A/C,  Front and rear bumperettes, "satellite" styled clock - revolving turrett with floating-dot second hand, rear window defogger, six bar spinner wheel covers, rear quarter panel stainless trim....  what more could you ask for on a 1960 Polara?   




1958 DeSoto fireflite 


1958 DeSoto Fireflite 2 door hardtop. Owners:  Paul & Marja Mitchell, Sidney, BC 
 Power steering, power brakes, power windows
361 V-8 engine.

1941 DeSoto

1941 DeSoto Club Coupe     Owner: Rita Green, Victoria, BC
This car was brought back from a complete basket case found in the bush.   Fluid drive, semi automatic. 

1956 Plymouth


1956 Plymouth Belvedere.   Owners:  Paul & Marja Mitchell, Sidney, BC

Original paint, upholstery.  V-8, 3 speed manual transmission.

1962 Chrysler 300 Sport

1962 Chrysler 300 Sport Convertible.  Owner - Chris Gannon, Victoria, BC  This car was a Chrysler Special Order car,  built for Mr. Robert Keller,  son of former Chrysler preident K.T. Keller



1953 Plymouth Cranbrook

1953 Plymouth Cranbrook     Owner:  Rita Green, Victoria, BC



2018 Ram 1500 Pickup, 5.7 Hemi.  Ian Smale, Victoria BC

1956 Plymouth Belvedere

1956 Plymouth Belvedere four door hardtop.   Owner Glenn Radford, Victoria BC. 
This car is currently under restoration. 

1961 Chrysler Saratoga


1961 Chrysler Saratoga four door hardtop.  Owner Chris Gannon, Victoria BC. 
Another amazing car with original paint and interior,  that sat in dry heated storage
from 1980 until April 2017.  While the last year for the name Saratoga on a US built Chrysler was 1960,  the name lived on in Canada through until 1964.   The 1961 Canadian built Saratoga, model RC2-M was equivalent to the US built 1961 Chrysler Windsor.



     1938 Chrysler Royal  

1938  Chrysler Royal Coupe. Owner: Marc  Robichaud,  Lantzville,   BC 

1960 New Yorker
1960 Chrysler New Yorker.  Owner  Chris Gannon, Victoria, BC      
Low Mileage unmolested unrestored original found in the Seattle area,  43,000 miles


1950 Dodge Special DeLuxe

1950 Dodge Special DeLuxe   Earl Sim and Lynn Wilfert, Victoria, BC





  1940 Dodge Business Coupe

                 1940 Dodge Business Coupe.  Owner Grant Stonehouse,  North Saanich,  BC



 1961 Plymouth Fury 

1961 Plymouth Fury 2 door Hardtop,  Glenn Clark,  Duncan BC

986 Chrysler 5th Avenue

1986 Chrysler 5th Avenue   Rudy and Meep VanLierop   Nanaimo, BC

 1956 Plymouth Belvedere

1956 Plymouth Belvedere 2 door hardop. Owner, Glenn Radford, Victoria, BC 

 1962 Imperial Crown


1962 Imperial Crown Convertible - Len Dawson, Anacortes, Washington


1962 Imperial Crown

1962 Imperial Crown Convertible – Darcy Hipwell, Victoria, BC

  1966 Valiant Signet


1966 Valiant Signet 2 door Hardtop,  Barry Gough, Victoria, BC (Canadian built)

 1978 New Yorker


             Mark Ollerton - 1978 Chrysler New Yorker Brougham Salon, Victoria, BC

In 1978, 1200 New Yorker Salons were painted Silver Crystal Coat, Chrysler’s 1st use of clear coat paint.  All of the other New Yorkers for 78 (and other MoPars) used single stage paint. I think it was the early 80s when base clear was used across the line but I could be wrong. This New Yorker was the last (documented) full sized C body car built by Chrysler Canada. These were also the last four door pillarless hardtops built by any manufacturer.





1954 Chrysler Imperial 2 door Hardtop.   Bob Hollingshead,  Victoria BC Canada

1964 Valiant Barracuda.,  Garnet Goud, Victoria BC

 1951 Plymouth P23 Cranbrook    6 cylinder   convertible.

1951 Plymouth P23 Cranbrook 6 cylinder convertible,    David Pollock,  Shawnigan Lake, BC


1979 Dodge Lil Red Express.

1979 Dodge Lil Red Truck and Lil Red Wagon   Bruce Bouvet,  Victoria, BC

Being surrounded by MOPARS while I was growing up was nothing new as both my parents were in the automotive business.  By the time the LRE came into production my naval career was well under way and I had both a Valiant Convertible and Barracuda in my garage.  This did not however stop me from approaching my Dad to sell me a LRE new.  The conversation ended in IT’S NOT A PRACTICAL TRUCK.  I did however own the family 1972 Dodge Adventure SE for several years.  Fast forward to 5 years ago I spotted a LRE for sale on the mainland.  At first I was hesitant to enquire as the ad was listed by a commercial seller( thinking he was a curber).  Finally I decided to move on it and told my wife I was going to sell my fishing boat to make room for one more MOPAR.  When she asked what I had in mind I told her a Little Red Express truck, her immediate response was “Oh that’s the truck with the exhaust stacks behind the cab”.  This really caught me by surprise as other than the occasional ride in the existing fleet I thought she new nothing about vehicles.  Turns out the truck was owned by the stepfather of the one placing the Ad.  He had it listed through his sports equipment business.  He himself was a Chevy guy.  A deal was struck and I brought it home and set to work clearing up some non correct issues.  An AM/FM cassette stereo had been added and a non factory tach stuck out of the dash.  The build sheet called for an AM/FM stereo 8 track and factory tach.  I was able to obtain both these items on the internet.

Optional bedside rails were also added.  There were also a few leak issues that I had to address.

The added little red trailer started out as a long shot pipe dream but came together rather quickly after placing an Ad for a Dodge short box step side box.  At that time all I had were the factory wheels.  The whole project took little over a year to complete.


1967 Dodge Dart
                             1967 Dodge Dart,  Jeff McLellan, Victoria BC

I purchased my 1967 Dodge Dart in 1984 when I lived in Kenora, Ontario. This first photo was taken around that time. The car had 36,000 miles on it when I bought it from the original owner, Doris Hemingway. The car was equipped with a 225 slant six and manual brakes and steering. Doris found the steering a lot of work when parking in town so she had power steering added by the dealer shortly after purchase. The car was originally equipped with 13” wheels and 9” drum brakes. Many years later, with the help of Ron Wenzel and Al Kingston, I upgraded the car to 14” wheels and power front disc brakes.

1965 Valiant Convertible
1965 Valiant Custom 100 Convertible  Bruce Bouvet,  Victoria, BC Canada

This  Canadian market Valiant Custom 100 Convertible has been in the family for 50 years.  My Dad first brought it home for my Mom in 1969 after bringing it in on a trade-in at a Vancouver Chrysler dealership where he was a salesman.  The original owner a middle aged lady just wanted something newer.  I have had the car since 1972 after my parents decided to purchase a 1972 Dodge Adventurer SE to tow their trailer.  This was the second car I ever owned and served as a principle driver for a few years.  I eventually would own the Adventure SE and semi-retired the convertible.  The slant 6 still runs strong with just over 83k miles.  The car is pretty much original (aside of your general maintenance) having only minor cosmetic interior work, a new top and a repaint.  It still sports the original boot cover.

                                    1965 Valiant Barracuda

                               1965 Valiant Barracuda ( Canadian Market)  Bruce Bouvet, Victoria, BC Canada

Having owned my 1965 Valiant Custom 100 convertible for many years I collected numerous spare parts.  Finally in the early 80s I decided to put them to good use.  I had always liked the Valiant (Canadian) Barracuda remembering having my Dad bring one home as his dealership supplied  demonstrator.  I located one car but eventually found the rust issues far beyond my capabilities.  However as luck would have it a family friend had one that he was willing to let go.  Overall the car was in good shape other than the fact it had been attacked (painted) with a brush and roller inside and out in two tone blue.  Over the next several years I set to work giving it a frame on restoration.  But as usual life gets in the way, what with my naval career and family health issues.  The project took almost 14 years to complete and if not for a kick in the seat of my pants by a fellow friend who was restoring a Valiant Convertible the car might still be in the garage collecting dust.  This one is also powered by the 225ci

1965 Valiant Barracuda Commando


                                    1965 Valiant Barracuda Commando   Bruce Bouvet, Victoria, BC Canada

Well once you get the bug there you never cease to be interested in what is out there.  This 1965 Valiant Commando Barracuda was owned by one of our local club members for some time.  It had been off the road for many years after a garage it was being stored in along with his wife’s 1965 V-8 Barracuda was virtually destroyed by a falling tree.  The Commando car came out pretty much unharmed while his wife’s car sustained heavy damage but was eventually repaired and sold.  Anyway it was mentioned to me in passing that the Commando car was for sale.  Arrangements were made to look at it and I brought my cheque book just in case.  I really did not need it but the Commando V-8  feature drew me like a magnet.  A deal was struck and the car was trailered home.  The engine had been rebuilt but the transmission and brakes needed to be done.  Also new seat covers, headliner, new carpet and new tires were added.  This car is always a crowd pleaser with the factory rally stripe and red line tires.


1960 Chrysler New Yorker Sedan.  Darcy Hipwell, Victoria BC.  

low mileage original, 40,000 miles