Surely everyone has heard of Barnfinds where you find some unmolested
car from years ago. But what about a dealership find? More
specifically an abandoned BMW dealership new cars that have been
sitting since the 1980's....
For some twisted reason we’re all attracted to the mysterious allure
of an abandoned building. In Oakville, Ontario there stands a
building that for a petrol head trumps even the eeriest of places. At
only a stones throw away from our dealership in Ajax, Ontario we’re
surprised we haven’t heard about this place before. Sifting through
the forums on MaxBimmer we’ve been able to formulate some sort of
idea of what has gone on.
The story goes as follows. In 1988 the dealer, located on Royal
Windsor Drive and operating under the name “Citation Motors”, had his
concession license revoked due to unknown reasons. They then moved to
Toronto under the name “Downtown BMW” which in 2002 closed up shop.
The owner, apparently a well-off German business man, seemed to have
no interest in selling the place, or even the inventory, as
everything seems to have been left behind intact. One hundred percent
frozen in time is the only description that seems fitting when
describing this ultimately interesting place. In the showroom you’ll
notice an E28 and 635csi BMW in absolute mint condition. Well, mint
may be the wrong word to use as the rubbers have probably given away
and the gasoline has made a mess of things inside the mechanical
bits. ‘Unused’ may be a better word to describe these twenty-three
year old cars. Especially the 635csi, which apparently only has 68 or
6000 kilometers on the odometer, depending on which source you
believe. Also note the typical 1980’s showroom interior furnishings,
architecture, and design.
Around the back you’ll find the shop, which in similar fashion to the
showroom has remained completely untouched. Frozen in time and packed
with BMWs. From one individual’s account who has had the privilege of
visiting the dealership we can conclude with a certain degree of
confidence that another mint dark blue 635csi, a 1984-77 733i, a
dolphin blue E21 or 2002, and another 635csi on a hoist, rest inside.
You can make out what other cars are back there by carefully analyzing
the pictures below. The Toyota 4Runner may not be original 1980’s, but
the three sets of keys on the wall certainly are.
Rumor has it that once or twice a month an individual in a black E28
pulls up and spends some time in the back. Apparently the owner once
quoted someone who was interested in the white 6 Series a price of
$75,000. That was about five years ago. Adding to the mystery that
surrounds this dealership, many have come forward claiming to know
the owner, yet none of their stories seem to match up.
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