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McLaughlin-Buick 28-496

Model Year: 1928 (model year) built in 1927

Location of Manufacture: Oshawa, Ontario

In 1927, HRH Edward, Prince of Wales, and his brother Prince George, toured Canada in this car as part of this country’s diamond jubilee celebrations.

General Motors of Canada was commissioned to build a car, under the McLaughlin-Buick brand, which would carry the Royal Party. This is one of two cars built for use during that tour. Designed by Samuel McLaughlin himself, the four-door convertible could accommodate up to seven passengers. It was designed and built entirely in Canada, save for the engine which came from the Buick plant in Flint, Michigan. Prince Edward was so impressed with the car, he ordered a McLaughlin-Buick for his limousine when he became King Edward VIII in 1936.

Samuel McLaughlin began his career as an upholsterer in his father’s factory, the McLaughlin Carriage Works. This was the largest carriage factory in the British Empire. By 1907, the lure of automobile had captured his imagination and he founded the McLaughlin Motor Car Co. A joint venture with the Buick Motor Company of Detroit resulted in the production of the McLaughlin-Buick Model F – one of the first motor cars actually assembled in Canada.

McLaughlin sold his company to General Motors in 1918 and then became the first president of General Motors of Canada. He retained this position until 1945 and was active as company chairperson well into the 1960s.