Well-Known Portland Car Dealer Dies | 101 KXL

Well-Known Portland Car Dealer Dies

Written by FM News 101 KXL on January 18, 2014
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Ron Tonkin was a respected car lover and businessmen. Over the weekend he died at the age of 82 from renal failure. Tonkin is known for fighting for dealers rights against car manufacturers. Tonkin is also seen as a pioneer in the industry, he was one of the first Honda dealers in north America, something so controversial a columnist attacked him for the move.

Tonkin was the youngest Chevrolet dealer in America in the mid-60′s, when he took out a loan and opened up shop at 29-years young. He was so well known in the global car community that Enzo Ferrari himself, made sure Tonkin received the last Ferrari 288 to roll off the assembly line after hearing his first wife had died.

Tonkin has an impressive collection of cars containing some of the most rare and sought after cars in the world, including an Ferrari Enzo.

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