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Behind-the-scenes sneak preview from Toronto auto show

'Art and the Automobile' feature traces a century of artistic evolution in auto design

Published: February 8, 2015, 11:30 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:06 PM

Art and the Automobile - 1929 Auburn Boat-tail Speedster & 1936 Cord 810 - Art and the Automobile - 1929 Auburn Boat-tail Speedster & 1936 Cord 810 against a backdrop of Parkwood Estate, the former home of R.S. 'Colonel Sam' McLaughlin.

Most auto shows tend to focus primarily on current and future vehicles but the Canadian International Auto Show, in Toronto, has frequently made space for a look back as well.

The 2015 CIAS continues that tradition with its 'Art and the Automobile' feature exhibit, which traces the artistic evolution of automotive design over almost a century from Canada's first automobile in 1867 to concept cars of the 1960s.

Construction is now under way on the exhibit, which includes 19 historic cars staged in an art gallery-like setting against backdrops of period-matching architectural scenes from the Toronto area.

Art and the Automobile - 1936 Cord 810 - Art and the Automobile - 1936 Cord 810 against a backdrop of Parkwood Estate, the former home of R.S. 'Colonel Sam' McLaughlin.

They will be complemented by works of automotive art from internationally renowned Canadian artists Ken Dallison and Jay Koka.

'Art and the Automobile' is presented by the Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance and the Murdoch Mysteries TV series and includes cars featured in both the Concours and the series.

Overflowing with with automotive eye candy, it's a spectacular exhibit that just may be the hit of the auto show. The show opens to the public at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Friday, February 13 and runs through Sunday, February 22.