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Auto Exotica Delivers World’s Best Showcase Of Elite Cars At 2017 Canadian International AutoShow

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Fans Can Get Up Close To Rare Exotics At CIAS

They’re some of the most jaw-dropping cars on the planet, but spotting them on the road is a rarity. That’s what makes getting up close to the stable of exclusive exotics on display at the 2017 Canadian International AutoShow such a riveting experience for car buffs.

Auto Exotica, presented by Castrol and the Globe and Mail, is a perennial favourite attraction at the show, allowing visitors to appreciate the beauty, style and artistry of dozens of the world’s most impressive cars all in one space.

“Year after year, the Canadian International AutoShow has shown its commitment to assembling a showcase of the greatest exotic cars on the market,” says Jason Campbell, General Manager of the AutoShow. “Visitors are going to see all of the Exotic Marques available across the county and a special showcase of rare exotics owned by Canada’s most passionate collectors.”

Auto Exotica,, 2017 Canadian International AutoShowCar enthusiasts will be able to get up close to an incredible lineup that boasts Aston Martin, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Karma, McLaren, Singer, Pagani, Lotus and a six-car vintage Ferrari display presented by Ferrari of Ontario.

New additions to the Auto Exotica showcase this year include a display of classic exotics from some of Canada’s most discerning collectors, presented by Autostrada Forum Magazine, which will be profiling several rare and visually stunning examples of exotic motoring in years gone by.

Among the cars to be showcased by Autostrada will be:

  • 1971 Lamborghini Espada
  • 1959 Sport Special Spyder (a one-of-a-kind tribute car)
  • 1969 Chevelle done up as a Reese Bobby replica from Talladega Nights
  • 1963 Corvette
  • 1966 Aston Martin DB6.

Auto Exotica,, 2017 Canadian International AutoShowAnother new entry to this popular Show feature and the Canadian market is Ariel Atom – a sleek two-seat sports car looking to gain a foothold with track-based enthusiasts.

Car racing fans will be able to get up close to a 1985 Can-Am Polesitter Mark2 that ran in the Under 2 Litre class. This car ran in six races in Canada and the United States before being retired. Its top finish was a sixth place at Mosport in 1986. It has been restored by its owner and was driven at the Varac Mosport Event last June, the first time it had turned a wheel in 30 years. Mario Andretti saw the car in 2015 and signed it “Bella Macchina.”

Prostate Cancer Canada will also be showcasing a specially modified 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT (valued at more than $113,000 and donated by TADA). The amazing set of wheels is being raffled off in the Rock the Road Raffle by Prostate Cancer Canada in Auto Exotica on Friday, February 24th, with 100% of the proceeds going towards prostate cancer research.

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McLaren 675 lt Spider

In addition to these cars, the lineup for Auto Exotica this year also includes:

Lotus Evora S
Lotus Series 1 Elise
Lotus Caterham 7
Type 49 Lotus Formula Atlantic
Singer Porsche
Pagani Huayra
McLaren 570S
McLaren 570GT
McLaren 675LT
McLaren 570GT4
Grand Touring
Rolls Royce Dawn
Bentley Bentayga
Aston Martin DB11
Lamborghini Huracan
Karma Revero
Bugatti Chiron
Ferrari of Ontario
250 LM
458 GT Race car
365 GTB4 Daytona
Dino 246 GTS
512 BB

Auto Exotica can be found on the 100 level of the North Building at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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Ariel Atom

The Canadian International AutoShow will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre between February 17th and 26th. Please visit for more information. Follow us on Instagram @cdnintlautoshow, Like us on Facebook and join the conversation on Twitter @autoshowcanada with the hashtags #AutoShowOhCanada and #CIAS2017.

Text: Nathan Carr / Canadian International AutoShow
Copyright © 2017 by Iain Shankland. All rights reserved.

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