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McLaughlin-Buick 28-496

Model Year: 1928 (model year) built in 1927

Location of Manufacture: Oshawa, Ontario

View of the dashboard


The artistry of the car’s interior design is seen in the elegant curved moulding and the rich bird’s-eye maple panelling on the dashboard. The maple panelling is simulated – it is actually made of ink and paint!

View of the rear passenger area

Passenger seating

The Royal Party travelled in the height of comfort, on plush seats covered with rich lizard skin. In the days before air conditioning, open sides would have made the summer drives more comfortable, while also giving Canadians a better view of the future King.

View of the McLaughlin-Buick brand mark.


The brand mark of McLaughlin-Buick as it appeared on the front grill of the 1927 Royal Tour cars.

Archival photograph of Sam McLaughlin, taken in 1960

Robert Samuel McLaughlin (1871-1972)

ca. 1960

Samuel McLaughlin was not just a businessman. His commitment to supporting medical research, the arts, and education led to the establishment of the McLaughlin Foundation in 1951. Numerous Canadian universities, hospitals and museums have since benefitted from his generosity. 

Parkwood Estate National Historic Site and Heritage Garden

View of the General Motors Plant in Oshawa, Ontario, as it appeared in a Buick Motor Cars brochure in 1922

View of the General Motors Plant from the Buick Motor Cars Brochure

Oshawa, Ontario
ca. 1922

This panoramic view of the General Motors factory in Oshawa, where the McLaughlin-Buick was made, appeared in a promotional brochure in 1922.

General Motors of Canada, Ltd.

Archival photograph showing the motorcade of HRH Edward, Prince of Wales, and crowd with American Falls in the background, Niagara Falls, Ontario, 1927

Motorcade of HRH Edward, Prince of Wales, and crowd with American Falls in the background, Niagara Falls, Ontario


HRH Edward, Prince of Wales, toured the Niagara Falls area in the McLaughlin-Buick in early August 1927. While there, he dedicated the Peace Bridge which spans 1,493 metres (4,900 feet) across the Niagara River. Fort Erie, Ontario is on one side and Buffalo, New York on the other.

Niagara Falls (Ontario) Public Library, D422412