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McLaughlin-Buick

Model Year: 1939

Location of Manufacture: Oshawa, Ontario

View of the divider separating the chauffeur’s area from that belonging to the Royal Party

Compartment divider

A simple window and screen separated the Royal Party from the chauffeur’s area. In the days before electronic windows, the Royals would have had to roll down the window manually to speak with the chauffeur.

View of the rear passenger compartment

Rear seating compartment

The rear compartment, separated from the chauffeur’s area by a window and screen, provided complete comfort. Rich wool broadloom covered the seats. The extra height in the compartment made leaving and entering the car easier for the Royal Party, and left enough room to accommodate the often lavish royal headwear.

View of the McLaughlin-Buick brand mark

Branding

The simple yet sophisticated brand mark of McLaughlin-Buick as it appears on the hub cap of the 1939 Royal Tour Car.

Archival photograph of Sam McLaughlin, taken in 1960

Robert Samuel McLaughlin (1871-1972)

c. 1960

Samuel McLaughlin was not just a businessman. His commitment to supporting medical research, the arts, and education led to the establishment of the McLaughlin Foundation in 1951. Numerous Canadian universities, hospitals and museums have since benefitted from his generosity.

Parkwood Estate National Historic Site and Heritage Garden

Archival photograph showing the arrival of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, 19 May 1939

The arrival of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on Parliament Hill, 19 May 1939

Ottawa, Ontario

A mere four months before the outbreak of World War II, Canadians enjoyed the pomp and ceremony of a Royal Tour. In this image, the King and Queen emerge from the McLaughlin Buick Royal Tour Car and are greeted at the entrance to the Centre Block by Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.

Canada Science and Technology Museum
CN Collection, CN003780

Archival photograph showing the departure of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth from the Canadian Pacific Railway Station, Calgary, Alberta, May 1939.

The departure of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth from the Canadian Pacific Railway Station, May 1939

Calgary, Alberta
Photographer: W.J. Oliver, Calgary, Alberta

The 1939 Royal Tour extended across the country, as did the use of the McLaughlin-Buick Royal Tour Cars. Two McLaughlin-Buick cars were assembled for the tour with one being sent on in advance. This would ensure that a car would be waiting for the Royal Party when they arrived by train at their next destination.

Glenbow ND-8-8