Book Review: Days Of Pigs & Leather

Autonomous State features numerous eye-catching accessories and an astonishing fact. The accessories are the tragi-comic failures of Canada’s postwar car industry: the Nova Scotia-made Toyota Corolla, so bad even Atlantic dealers wouldn’t take delivery; or Studebaker, “Canada’s Own Car,” reduced to grinding out cruisers for its hometown Hamilton, Ont. police department before the factory closed in 1966.  Or the Windsor-made Chrysler Cordoba, a 4,000-lb gas pig padded with “soft Corinthian leather.”
And the astonishing fact? Under a simple commercial treaty nicknamed the Auto Pact, Canada produced some 60 million vehicles – more cars than we would ever drive.

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