'Tim Hortons' Was A Car Dealership Before It Was A Coffee Shop

No list of top ten Canadian cultural icons would be complete without Tim Hortons (alongside hockey, Mounties and beavers, of course).

The coffee-and-donut chain has more than 3,500 outlets across the country; close to three times the market share McDonald's does, here; and its products are so prevalent its popular "double-double" (a coffee with two creams, two sugars) has even found its way into the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.

'Tim Hortons' Was A Car Dealership Before It Was A Coffee Shop

Canadian trivia geeks are generally aware the chain's co-founder, hockey player Tim Horton, died when he rolled his white De Tomaso Pantera in 1974. Not so many can tell you about Tim Horton Motors, though, the garage he ran before he did the donut thing.

Tim loved British sports cars, and the first side business he set up outside his hockey career was a Triumph dealership built on top of an old BP service station. A year or two later he switched to selling built-in-Canada Studebakers, but didn't stay in the game all that long—about three or four years altogether.

We've got the full story on Tim, his Tiger and more over on Autofocus, eh?