Rare prewar cars were on display at Odessa’s 42nd annual Car Show and Flea Market.

There are many reasons that prewar cars are hard to find. The relatively low production numbers of the era, a large number of manufactures, and the drive for scrap metal during W.W. II all contributed to these vehicles becoming scarce. Walter P. Chrysler attempted to compete with Cadillac and Lincoln in 1926 with the introduction of the Chrysler Imperial.

Sheila and Ken Jones, Tottenham Ont.

Sheila and Ken Jones, Tottenham Ont.

Sheila and Ken Jones, Tottenham Ont. drove their 1938 Chrysler Imperial to be on display.

“It’s not a trailer Queen,” said Shelia Jones. “It was made to be driven.”

Originally purchased in Prince George B.C. it was brought home on a trailer. The car had abandoned for over twenty years with 56,000 miles on the odometer. It has since been restored and has had 40,000 miles added. Only 105 of the convertibles were made. The car has crossed Canada once and is scheduled to make the trip again in 2017 with the Canadian Coasters. The Imperial has a 298 cu.in straight 8 with a 3-speed with overdrive manual transmission.

Anne Fairbairn, Chairwoman, 2015 Odessa Car Show

Anne Fairbairn, Chairwoman, 2015 Odessa Car Show

The Upper Canada Region of the Antique Car Club of Canada (A.C.C.C.) is one of 13 chapters and was original formed in Kingston Ont. The club has hosted their annual event in Odessa Ont. for 42 years. Anne Fairburn, vice-president and chairwoman of the car show joined the club 5 1/2 years ago and has taken the helm for the show for the last 4 years. The prewar car show was introduced by the clubs first president and founder of the Upper Canada Region Club, Merrill Weekes,

In 1956 started as the Ontario Region of The Antique Automobile Club of America. In 1958 the A.C.C.C.C. name was adopted. Furthering the interest in and the knowledge of historic, antique and classic vehicles 20 years and older and associated materials is the mandate of the club. Ownership of an antique or classic vehicle is not necessary for membership.

photos and story by bill samuel

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