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OK, so finally found my friends 1960 Monarch Lucerne photos. Now, with that kind of name can it get any more Canadian than that? eh?

They are group shots so not the best for the car but think you get the idea.

I do know when I have gone with him to the States that it sure gets everyone buzzed. You should have seen the crowd around it at the Ford only show in Dearborn two years ago!

Doug

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Hi nzcarnerd,

I'm pretty sure the last Canadian sourced Pontys were sold here in 1965 and were pretty much a Chevy.

Al

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Just tripped over this thread. Al Brass, the last Canadian Pontiacs were imported in 1969 according to a list I received from GM NZ many years ago. Canadian Pontiacs were inported here from 1959 to 1969. The '59s were all 6s (261 cid) but from then on they were V8s (283s to '67 and 307s after that). The NZ assembled ones were all Laurentian sedans but a small number of Parisienne 4 door hardtop sedans and some wagons were imported fully assembled. I don't have the figures to hand but most years about 100 cars came in. Exceptions were 1962 with only about 20, and 1966, which was the big year, with about 160. I think the locally assembled ones had only upholstery, wiring, heaters and batteries as local content.

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Here are pictures of my Canadian 1935 DeSoto Airflow. It looks like an American DeSoto with 1934 Chrysler trim. Most noticeable are the 3 tiered bumpers and the interior upholstery and trim. Only about 100 were made in Canada that year. My car is an original. It was in regular use for 30 years and then sat for the next 40, so it's pretty weathered, but very unique.

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Here's a few more I saw yesterday. The 60 Meteor and the 57 Pontiac in the first post of this thread were there as well. The 65 Parisienne looked like a Bonneville while its Custom Sport sister looked like a Grand Prix. The 58 Parisienne is very, very rare. The 58 Dodge Mayfair is a better example of the "Plodges" as some people call the Plymouth based Canadian Dodges. The 59 Pontiac is a Strato-Chief which I believe is the base line, with the Pathfinder and then the Parisienne, or perhaps it is the opposite.

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Little late on this, but the Canadian Pontiac series -

 

1937 - 224 ((U.S.-style Pontiac DeLuxe Six with 224-cid Chevrolet ohv six)

1938 - Special Six (Chevrolet-based with Chevrolet powertrain and torque-tube drive)

1939 - DeLuxe Six (U.S.-style Pontiac DeLuxe Six with 224-cid Chevrolet ohv six)

1939 - Arrow Six (Chevrolet-based with Chevrolet powertrain and torque-tube drive)

1939 - Chieftain Six (U.S.-style Pontiac DeLuxe Six with 224-cid Chevrolet ohv six)

1940 - Arrow, Arrow DeLuxe  (Chevrolet-based with Chevrolet powertrain and torque-tube drive)

1941-1948 - Fleetleader, Fleetleader Special (Chevrolet-based with Pontiac six and torque-tube drive) 

1949-1952 - Fleetleader Special, Fleetleader DeLuxe (Chevrolet-based with Pontiac six and torque-tube drive)   (Powerglide optional on Fleetleader Special starting 1951)  (No hardtop model)

1953-1957 - Pathfinder, Pathfinder Deluxe, Laurentian   (Torque-tube drive through 1954)  (Chevrolet - 150 Special, 210 Deluxe, Bel Air)

1958 - Pathfinder, Strato Chief, Laurentian   -  plus Parisienne   (Chevrolet - Delray, Biscayne, Bel Air  -  plus Impala)

1959-1970 - Strato Chief, Laurentian, Parisienne   (Chevrolet - Biscayne, Bel Air, Impala)

1964-1965 - Parisienne Custom Sport  (bucket seats and floor shift on hardtop coupe and convertible)

1966-1969 - Grande Parisienne added to match Chevrolet Caprice

1967-1970 - Parisienne 2+2 (bucket seats and floor shift on hardtop coupe and convertible)

1970 - Last year of Chevrolet-based Pontiacs

1971 -  the line-up was as in the U.S. with Catalina Brougham sold as the Parisienne Brougham and the Laurentian added at the bottom using Bel Air upholstery and door panels.  Laurentian, Catalina and Parisienne Brougham, except wagons, were built in Canada and used the Chevrolet 350 V8.  All wagons were built in the U.S. and used the Pontiac 350 V8.  The Laurentian sedan and hardtop could be had with Chevrolet's 250-cid six.   Laurentian, Catalina and Parisienne Brougham continue through 1981.

1982 - Catalina replaced by Parisienne and Laurentian dropped - once again based on Chevrolet with Pontiac grille.

1982-1983 - G-body Bonneville marketed in Canada as the Grand LeMans

1987 - Parisienne and Parisienne Brougham sedans dropped.  Only Parisienne Safari continues.

1989 - Last year for Parisienne Safari

 

Also available at Canadian Pontiac-Buick dealers -

1962-1972 - Acadian  (based on Chevrolet Chevy II / Nova)  (NOT sold as Pontiac Acadian) 1968-1971 models built at Willow Run.  Replaced by Pontiac Ventura II in mid-1971

1964-1965 - Acadian Beaumont (based on Chevrolet Chevelle)   (NOT sold as Pontiac Beaumont)

1966-1969 - Beaumont (based on Chevrolet Chevelle)  (NOT sold as Pontiac Beaumont)  Replaced by Pontiac LeMans for 1970.

1973-1978 - Pontiac Astre (based on Chevrolet Vega) - Replaces British-built Vauxhall Firenza (aka Viva)

1976-1987 - Pontiac Acadian (based on Chevrolet Chevette and not Pontiac T1000/1000, which was sold in Canada along with the Acadian)

1987-1991 - Pontiac Tempest (based on Chevrolet Corsica)

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Little late on this, but the Canadian Pontiac series -

 

1937 - 224 ((U.S.-style Pontiac DeLuxe Six with 224-cid Chevrolet ohv six)

1938 - Special Six (Chevrolet-based with Chevrolet powertrain and torque-tube drive)

1939 - DeLuxe Six (U.S.-style Pontiac DeLuxe Six with 224-cid Chevrolet ohv six)

1939 - Arrow Six (Chevrolet-based with Chevrolet powertrain and torque-tube drive)

1939 - Chieftain Six (U.S.-style Pontiac DeLuxe Six with 224-cid Chevrolet ohv six)

1940 - Arrow, Arrow DeLuxe  (Chevrolet-based with Chevrolet powertrain and torque-tube drive)

1941-1948 - Fleetleader, Fleetleader Special (Chevrolet-based with Pontiac six and torque-tube drive) 

1949-1952 - Fleetleader Special, Fleetleader DeLuxe (Chevrolet-based with Pontiac six and torque-tube drive)   (Powerglide optional on Fleetleader Special starting 1951)  (No hardtop model)

1953-1957 - Pathfinder, Pathfinder Deluxe, Laurentian   (Torque-tube drive through 1954)  (Chevrolet - 150 Special, 210 Deluxe, Bel Air)

1958 - Pathfinder, Strato Chief, Laurentian   -  plus Parisienne   (Chevrolet - Delray, Biscayne, Bel Air  -  plus Impala)

1959-1970 - Strato Chief, Laurentian, Parisienne   (Chevrolet - Biscayne, Bel Air, Impala)

1964-1965 - Parisienne Custom Sport  (bucket seats and floor shift on hardtop coupe and convertible)

1966-1969 - Grande Parisienne added to match Chevrolet Caprice

1967-1970 - Parisienne 2+2 (bucket seats and floor shift on hardtop coupe and convertible)

1970 - Last year of Chevrolet-based Pontiacs

1971 -  the line-up was as in the U.S. with Catalina Brougham sold as the Parisienne Brougham and the Laurentian added at the bottom using Bel Air upholstery and door panels.  Laurentian, Catalina and Parisienne Brougham, except wagons, were built in Canada and used the Chevrolet 350 V8.  All wagons were built in the U.S. and used the Pontiac 350 V8.  The Laurentian sedan and hardtop could be had with Chevrolet's 250-cid six.   Laurentian, Catalina and Parisienne Brougham continue through 1981.

1982 - Catalina replaced by Parisienne and Laurentian dropped - once again based on Chevrolet with Pontiac grille.

1982-1983 - G-body Bonneville marketed in Canada as the Grand LeMans

1987 - Parisienne and Parisienne Brougham sedans dropped.  Only Parisienne Safari continues.

1989 - Last year for Parisienne Safari

 

Also available at Canadian Pontiac-Buick dealers -

1962-1972 - Acadian  (based on Chevrolet Chevy II / Nova)  (NOT sold as Pontiac Acadian) 1968-1971 models built at Willow Run.  Replaced by Pontiac Ventura II in mid-1971

1964-1965 - Acadian Beaumont (based on Chevrolet Chevelle)   (NOT sold as Pontiac Beaumont)

1966-1969 - Beaumont (based on Chevrolet Chevelle)  (NOT sold as Pontiac Beaumont)  Replaced by Pontiac LeMans for 1970.

1973-1978 - Pontiac Astre (based on Chevrolet Vega) - Replaces British-built Vauxhall Firenza (aka Viva)

1976-1987 - Pontiac Acadian (based on Chevrolet Chevette and not Pontiac T1000/1000, which was sold in Canada along with the Acadian)

1987-1991 - Pontiac Tempest (based on Chevrolet Corsica)

The full-size B-body Parisienne was sold in the United States for the first time starting in mid-1983.  It was a hasty response when the market suddenly swung back to big cars after the early 80's recession.

 

Some of GM's 'captive imports' were the Suzuki-based Pontiac Firefly, and the Isuzu I-Mark-based Pontiac Sunburst in the mid-to-late 1980's, and not available in the US..

 

The Pontiac Wave was also a Canadian exclusive until 2003 when it was renamed the G-3 and also sold in the United States.

 

Craig

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In Western Canada at least I don't think Tannus  was ever offered . I have only seen one or two in my life and they were probably privately imported. Lots of British Fords ! And Vauxhalls. And BMC products.

 

Canada was odd . Ford and Mercury pickups. Ford ,Mercury, Meteor  , and Monarch cars. {and Frontenac for a year or two} . All in a country with a much smaller market than the U.S.A. just next door.

 

Greg in Canada

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In the 1980's some imports were only available in Canada, or came to Canada a year or two before the came to the US.  A good example is Hyundai, which came to Canada with the Pony in 1984 and the Stellar in 1985.   Hyundai didn't enter the US market until 1986, and only with the Excel. 

 

Lada, Skoda, Innocenti, and Dacia were sold in Canada in the 1980's.

 

Craig

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Regarding Canadian pontiac. I know they share tail lights with Chevys. Mine has a big gap between light and fender. Is there a bezel behind it? Also what gear ratio do rear ends have? Where can I get more info or pictures? Having trouble finding one like mine.

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