The ghost BMW dealership is for sale

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Three months ago we introduced you to a ghost BMW dealership in Canada abandoned since 1988. The next day, we introduced you to its owner. Today we learn that the dealership, including the rotting cars inside its plate-glass walls, are up for sale, and can be yours for $3.6 million.

The dealership's owner, who isn't exactly the chatty type, is looking to cash in on new-found attention (by stories like the one we and others ran back in August) to the dealership, which has been sitting untouched for two decades in the small town of Oakville, Ontario.


If you'll remember, the boys at the MaxBimmer forums and at Endras, a local BMW dealership, discovered that in 1988 the dealer, operating under the name "Citation Motors," had its license revoked for unknown reasons. They then moved to Toronto under the name "Downtown BMW" which in 2002 closed up shop.

The owner, apparently a well-to-do businessman, seemed to have little interest in selling the place, or even the inventory, considering that everything's been left intact. As we said before, one hundred percent frozen in time is the only fitting description for this place.

We're assuming the $3.6 million price includes the two cars on the showroom floor and all the vehicles in the service bay, as well as the underground level, which would make a great theater to watch car movies on a giant screen.

If it were us, we'd buy it, take over the garage, build that theater and turn the rest of the place into the largest damn Tim Horton's the world has ever known. What say you, eh?

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At the main entrance, two E30's on rotating platforms at the beginning of the walkway would greet you. Then, at opposite sides of the door, there would be two chocolate fountains, greeting the customer. The entrance is lit up with multicolored LED's and the doors would be fitted with color changing LED's giving this Alice in Wonderland feel.

The bouncers would be two ex MMA fighters, one a 300 pound Hawaiian, the other a 175 pound Filipino, both dressed as oompa loompas. Green hair, orange skin, white, knee-high overalls, the works.

When you enter, a beautiful young lady greets you and puts a lei around your neck. Andy Warhol's M1 will be the first thing you would see. The multicolor lights play with the palette of the car, creating new colors right before your eyes.

Enter through the second door into the main section of the place, all around you, all you see are cars of a past era retrofitted as gaming tables. The rear seats and trunk of an E21 welcome people to play a round of blackjack, the craps table is made from the doors of two Issettas, among other examples.

The bar is right smack in the middle of all of this, it's a circular bar and all the drinks are named after cars. A Z4 would be 1 oz of tequila 3/4 oz of amaretto, 1 oz of grenadine and pineapple juice. Sweet, strong and oh so right. The 5 series would be 6 oz stoli, 2 oz of OJ, 1 oz of Cynar and 2 oz of Cointreau. Big, bitter and strong.

The basement would be fitted into a gentleman's club. And instead of poles we have young beautiful ladies dance around some awesome cars to some good music (not that fist pumping shit) cigars (not cigarettes, grow some balls) and drinks will be available at request.

And what do you call this awesome place?

Der Motoren Werkes.