A unique corvette with an equally unique history
When you take the time to speak to anyone who identifies as a car enthusiast, most will have an appreciation for all cars, but a special love for a particular type. They’ll easily be able to tell you what their favourite make, model, year, and category of car is the kind that will always catch their eyes first.
For some, it’s British cars or 50s classics, cars from the beginning of their existence to exquisite modern designs. Some will prefer North American classics, like American muscle over the sleek designs of some of the foreign models.
Michael Lansdell, a Sales Consultant at MacMaster Buick GMC, is one of those enthusiasts who doesn’t skip a beat when asked his favourite kind of car, American Muscle. For Mr. Lansdell, it’s fitting then, that the car he came into ownership of three years ago was a 1965 Convertible Corvette.
“That generation had so much more character,” said Mr. Lansdell. “Not just the cars themselves, but in the way they were advertised as well. It was about the vehicle’s personality.”
The Corvette belonged to his father, who, after being unable to find a buyer that he liked, decided to pass on his two classic cars to his children. And while every car has it’s own unique qualities and history, this one has a story connecting it to some of Canada’s economic history.
According to a document sent by an appraiser, the original owner of the vehicle was none other than Thor Eaton, of the Eaton family that reigned part of Canada’s retail empire.
The likelihood of something from that family being in the area isn’t slim, as the family’s mansion resided in the hills of Caledon, but ending up with a classic car that was once part of an Eaton member’s car ownership is pretty spectacular.
Mr. Lansdell’s father came across the vehicle in the year 2000, when someone he knew at a Ford dealership mentioned they knew a person interested in selling a classic Corvette. The seller was just the second owner of the car, who had purchased it off Thor Eaton in the late 60s.
“My dad found out about the sale, and contacted the owner to purchase it,” explained Mr. Lansdell. “He purchased it and got an appraisal in 2006, which connected the car to the Eaton’s.”
Mr. Lansdell’s passion for the car is evident in his face when he speaks about it, particularly when he shares about the changes that he has made to the car since taking ownership. When his father first purchased the car, it didn’t have the original rims/wheels or the pipes along the side.
“I replaced the wheels with knock-offs of the originals, so it looks more authentic, and added the pipes back along the siding,” he said. “I just fixed certain things that needed to be changed.”
The changes have helped kick the Corvette’s original character back up again, and Mr. Lansdell is definitely a proud owner of such a gorgeous vehicle.
“I’ve always been into muscle, specifically 60’s models,” said Mr. Lansdell. “It’s a Chevrolet, and I’ve always been a GM guy. The Corvette also holds a bit of sentimental value for me. It’s pretty spectacular.”
Written by Tabitha Wells