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1973 Dominion Prairie Terra Nova

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In 1969, Dominion introduced the Prairie as a small, affordable, and versatile utility vehicle. With its removable fibreglass roof, removable doors, and fold down windshield, the Prairie gained success with adventure seekers. Wanting to try something different, Dominion turned to the same camper company providing the kits for the Highliner and developed a Terra Nova model of the Prairie. Mechanically identical to other Prairies, the Terra Nova made use of the same Dominion Six and Dominion Sixty V8 while paired to a manual or automatic transmission.

The exterior changes included unique interior and exterior colours, painted wheels to match the roof, unique badging, and a retractable radio antenna. The normally optional roof rack, towing mirrors, and front light bar are all standard equipment. Inside, the Terra Nova had an improved stereo system and much more comfortable seating that could fold flat into a bed. Lockable storage compartments were also provided on either side of the cargo area.

The optional interior equipment is varying levels of camping kit to fit in multiple storage areas. These include a colour matching cooler, water jug, thermos, coleman stove, cooking kit, and sleeping bags. Also available are branded camping chairs, tent, and jackets.

The idea behind the Prairie Terra Nova was to provide regular offroad vehicle buyers with the means to easily use that vehicle for camping trips. It gained relative success and Terra Nova camping kits are available to this day as dealer options on some RCM vehicles.


I badly want a Prairie Terra Nova! :stuck_out_tongue:


1987 RCM Regal LXI

The second generation Regal premium car was a major improvement compared to the malaise model it replaced. Powered by the new all-aluminium Alu6 3.3 inline 6 engine, the Regal offered smooth power delivery with 202 hp and 204 lb-ft of torque.

The LXI trim level was the top of the range for the Regal, offering quality premium equipment for five occupants. One of the advanced features offered was the 4-speed automatic transmission, offering smoother shifting than the typical 3-speed of the era. The Touring wagon was available with a 50/50 split all-wheel-drive system for better handling in all weather conditions. The improvements to performance were also well appreciated by buyers.

1987 RCM Regal TSI

The TSI was the performance version of the Regal, with visual and mechanical upgrades. The 3.3L I6 was outfitted with a turbocharger, boosting power to 308 hp and torque to 327 lb-ft. With the 5-speed manual transmission and viscous LSD, the TSI could hit 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds and keep going to a top speed of 240 km/h.

Being a relatively rare model, a professionally restored Regal TSI recently went for $600,000 at auction.


Nice ass :+1:


Looks nice, and in TSI guise, a great sports sedan for its time with that much power under its hood. I remember being the winning bidder on the TSI not so long ago…


Wow, very nice work with bringing that somewhat older bodyshape well into the 80s!


1994 RCM Labrador V8 4x4

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1994 was a big year for RCM’s truck offerings. The Labrador pickup and SUV range was entirely modernised, and so were the engine choices. The styling was a big step away from the boxiness of the last couple of decades, displaying some muscular curves that would signify a new direction in truck design. The Labrador was now built on a semi-monocoque chassis, for lighter and stiffer construction. The treated steel panels and galvanized chassis ensured that it could live a long life as a trusty truck without becoming a rusty truck. The interior offered a driver’s airbag and plusher seats, while the cassette stereo and bench seat were well expected from such a truck.

Mechanically, the Labrador V8 4x4 was powered by a new small block 4.6L SOHC V8, with four valves per cylinder and aluminium heads. This new engine produced 227 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, offering very flat power distribution. Paired with a 4-speed automation and 4x4 drive with manual locker, the 1994 Labrador was as capable on all terrain as it was easy to drive. Fuel economy averaged 13 MPG, quite average for trucks of the time.

This model of the Labrador became a best seller in the 1990s, finding its way everywhere from remote farms to urban construction sites and suburban driveways.


1956 Dominion Elgin V8

The second generation Elgin was introduced in 1956 and it stayed true to the trends of the time, with a subtle shift toward the jet age designs that would characterise the late 50s styling. While the bodywork was dratically different from the previous car, the engine was not, with the same V8 that Dominion had been using in passenger cars for several years albeit with a few tweaks to keep it current. The Elgin was also available as a coupe and sedan.

(Styling not completely finalised)

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1956 Dominion Highliner Delivery

1956 was the year the popular Highliner vans were facelifted to keep up with stylistic trends. Mechanically they were unchanged and so remained as rugged and reliable haulers for various commercial purposes. The Highliner was also available as a passenger van and new for 1956 was also the Terra Nova camper model (previously posted here: Royal Canadian Motors (RCM) ).

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1956 Dominion Victory Deluxe

In 1955 Dominion finally introduced a new Victory to replace the aging model. The base engine was the same Four-Two as before, but of course with some tweaks to keep it up to date with the times. While compact cars were not common from North American manufacturers, Dominion saw enough sales of the Victory to keep it around. The base price was much lower than a standard sized car, and it could offer good equipment levels for a great price. The range topping Deluxe model features a radio and two-tone paint, as well as colour coded wheels with chrome hub caps.
1956 offered a few suspension tweaks over the 1955 model following some complaints of a rough ride.

(Styling not completely finalised)

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This latest batch of cars made in the most recent version of UE4 (at the time this post was written) certainly vindicates your decision to re-imagine your company for the rebooted Generations II challenge. All of them look like mid-50s cars should. Not only that, but it makes me drool with anticipation for everything you have planned for RCM and its model range in the future.


1960 Dominion Laurier

The new generation of Dominion’s full size car brought in a name change with the radical change in design. The tall and rounded bodywork of the fifties made way for a wide and sleek design to welcome the sixties


At the bottom of the range sat the Laurier 210 with its 210ci inline-6 engine putting out 138 hp and 182 lb-ft. As expected for a base model, it had a three on the tree transmission and a standard far interior with bench seats. This made for a popular car for families who couldn’t afford a high end car but wanted something other than a compact.


At the top of the Laurier range sat the Starliner. Powered by the new 273ci Sixty V8 making a healthy 184 hp and 248 lb-ft, the Starliner was a comfortable near-luxury family car. The name was from the two pane “star roof” covering the full length of the cabin. The premium leather interior featured front bucket seats, a smooth 3-speed automatic transmission, and of course an airy cabin with the wraparound windows and glass roof panels. Due to its price nearing the luxury Elgin model, not as many of the Starliners were sold.

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1960 Dominion Raven

The fourth generation of the Raven was also introduced in 1960, initially as a convertible only. While meant to be more of a premium cruiser it did have some popularity as a sporty car, especially when equipped with a manual transmission. The 273ci Dominion Sixty V8 was used here as well producing the same 184 hp and 248 lb-ft as in the Laurier. When paired with the new four-speed transmission the Raven could reach highway speeds in less than 10s. The other technological advancement was the rear semi trailing arm suspension that drastically improved handling and ride comfort. The unconventional and very concept-like styling was divisive enough that within two years the Raven got a heavy redesign to increase its appeal.

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Cool cars! But how did you remove the stock Tailfins from the Laurier?


A lot of time with the body shaping kit.