Ken McGee's entire life has existed around the automobile. Eighty-seven years ago his parents started up a Dodge-DeSoto dealership and Ken, who was the youngest of four sons, spent every hour after school and weekends at the garage. At 12 years of age he sold his first car and has never stopped since. He started working at the dealership full-time at age 16. In January of 1962 the dealership changed to a Pontiac-Buick-Cadillac-GMC franchise. Ken became the President of the dealership 1981. In April of 2006 McGee Motors had to opportunity to buy out the local Chevrolet Dealership, then, with the reorganization of GM in 2009, became a Chevrolet-Buick-Cadillac-GMC dealer.
In late 2011, after more than 55 years, Ken retired from the dealership. He continues to manage his collector car and literature business, and remains active in the car hobby. Ken is also a past president of the Goderich Kinsmen Club, and Rotary Club of which he is still an active member.
Ken purchased his first antique car at 15 years of age (a '32 Dodge) and has since owned hundreds of them from Antiques to Classics. His main interest is in cars from the teens through the 50's. He started collecting antique auto literature in the early 60's and has amassed a huge collection. Several purchases required tractor trailers to bring them home. Always a fondness for pre-war material has resulted in the best collection of this type available anywhere. He has also branched into quality original toys like Buddy L, Arcade, Hubley, Minitoy, etc and have amassed a large quantity of them. The store has a great display of other automobilia as well.
In 2000 a decision was made to build a smart new 10,000 Sq. Ft. building where we could properly merchandise our wares. Several workstations were established for our staff who also have to look after our eBay store, which contains several thousand items for our online customers to choose from. As well as the hobby aspect, we supply car dealers, rent-a-car companies, tombstone engravers, police, RCMP, lawyers, and TV who need vehicle information for anything from sales, litigation, theft, etc. We have hosted many antique car tours, service clubs, and school groups at our literature shop.
At Ken McGee Auto Literature we specialize in same-day shipping and package our products most carefully. The literature is always described as accurately as possible. We have shipped to 74 different countries around the globe. On display at the literature store are many high quality collector cars and Ken always has something in that line for sale. Not all though as he and Sylvia have their favorite pets that are keepers, especially the 1929 Buick Roadster, the 1949 Buick Roadmaster Convertible, plus everyone's favorite, a 1957 Red Chevy Convertible.
Proud owners Ken and Syliva McGee in front of a 1928 Cadillac.
Office staff Nicola Allen, Josh Middelkamp
Car Whisperer Rick Stright