The Canadian Automotive Museum opened in 1963 as a community project to preserve and display the automotive history of Canada. In 1964 the museum was incorporated as a not-for-
profit institution, and for decades it has been supported through private financial contributions.
With a significant number of Canadian-built and Canadian-owned automobiles, including both rare and early models—such as the Kennedy, Tudhope, McLaughlin-Buick, and McKay—the
museum provides important examples of Canada’s unique automotive heritage.
The museum opened in Oshawa—Canada’s “Motor City” —in a building rich in automotive history. From 1921 to 1931 it was the home of the Ontario Motor Sales dealership and service
centre. The site now houses a collection of more than 80 donated vehicles and an automotive reference library. In 1995 the estate of John A. “Bud” McDougald, a prominent Canadian financier, donated 21 vehicles from his collection of European, British, and American cars to the museum.