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The Pontiac is an automobile which was part of full-sized line from to 1981. Initially, the name was strictly to denote hardtop styles, first appearing in the Chieftain Eight and DeLuxe lines. In 1959, the Catalina a separate model, as the ‘entry-level’ Pontiac.

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Early (1950–1958) Edit

The name was first used on the 1950 Series 25/27 hardtop, top of the line model at the time. referred to as ‘hard-top convertibles’, vehicles offered pillarless in the door and window areas, with the top-grade convertible The advantage this fixed-roof offered was its sporty, airy without the expense and drawbacks associated with convertibles. the exception of the 1958 Bonneville, all hardtops were designated from 1950 to 1958.

by a flathead straight-8 engine at the of its debut, it would receive new 287 CID OHV V8 four years later. A windshield was new for 1954. A padded dash became available in

1959–1960 Edit

For 1959, dropped the name Chieftain for its level model and renamed it . while demoting the former Star Chief to mid-line and expanding the Bonneville nameplate to a flagship series that sedans, coupes, convertibles and station wagons.

In the lower-priced line, Pontiac Division placed higher emphasis on the top two- and four-door hardtops, and Safari station wagons of the pillared two- and four-door variants despite the fact the four-door sedan was the bread-and-butter seller in this line.

The though it was the lowest-priced full-sized was still a substantial step up the Chevrolet Impala in trim and and only a short step the Buick LeSabre and Oldsmobile 88 in and appointments but priced about to $200 less. Catalinas came standard with amenities than Chevrolet and included a larger and more V8 engine of 389 cubic inches, to the Chevy’s six-cylinder or 283 and 348 cubic-inch Pontiacs also benefited a much better automatic than their Chevrolet — the four-speed Hydra-Matic versus the Chevy’s two-speed

Though the basic Catalina was equipped with features as full carpeting, glovebox and lights, dual front cigar lighter, glove snack bar (two cup indents on the door that could be for use at drive-in restaurants), heater/defroster and a of cloth and Morrokide vinyl or expanded Morrokide (all-vinyl Pontiac buyers could add more trimmings for a few dollars by ordering the Decor Group added full wheel deluxe steering wheel, pedal trim plates and Also offered from to 1970 on most Catalina was the Ventura custom interior was a separate model in 1960 to which included the interior and upgrades offered with the decor group option a slightly more luxurious of cloth or Morrokide trims to the costlier Pontiac Star or Executive depending on year.

and other 1959 Pontiacs completely restyled on a new General B-body that was shared by all GM from Chevrolet to Cadillac, the previous A-body utilized for and Chevrolets that was used for 1958. Twin tailfins, two on side, were new and only in Styling highlights included rooflines and greater use of glass for visibility. Pillared four-door featured six-window styling, two-door hardtops were the bubbletop due to the thin c-pillar and rear window and four-door featured flat-blade rooflines an overhang past the rear

Wheelbases on all models remained at 122 but overall length was 213.7 (5,430 mm).

The 1959 featured a new styling trademark the split grille which distinguished a Pontiac from any car on the highway until around when the smaller grilles to resemble those of BMW. Pontiac trademark came by accident when the styling were exploring grille Experimentally, a design for a conventional, width, oval grille, horizontal quad headlights, was cut in two and the transposed. With the lights at the extremities, this gave the center, open ended of the 59 Catalina.

Along with the body came a wider in which the wheels were further out by five inches to fender level. This not improved the appearance of the car, but engineers discovered that the wheels further out also led to improvements in ride and handling hence the term Wide Tigers which Pontiac use in its promotional efforts for many to come.

All Pontiacs were by various renditions of the new 389 cubic-inch V8, which was later renamed 1961 as the Trophy V-8, was basically a stroked version to of the 370 cubic-inch V8 used in 1958-model and based on the same Pontiac V8 introduced in 1955. Catalinas standard with a 235 horsepower kW) version of the 389 with two-barrel and 8.6 to 1 compression mated to the three-speed transmission. When the optional Hydramatic transmission was ordered, the engine was 280 horsepower (210 kW) of the same engine with 10.5 to 1 compression ratio.

Available as a no-cost option the Hydramatic transmission was the 215-horsepower 389 the Economy V8) with 8.6 to 1 compression which burned cheaper gasoline, instead of the premium and fuels required for the high-compression and capable of achieving more 20 MPG on the highway. Optionally available at cost were higher-power of the 389 V8 four-barrel carburetion rated at 283 (211 kW) with stick or 303 with Hydramatic, or Tri-Power with three two-barrel and horsepower ratings of 318 and 330 4bbl and 345 hp kW) tri power.

For 1960, Catalina and Pontiacs received a minor of the ’59 bodyshell with a new horizontal bar grille similar to the Cord replacing 1959’s grille (for this only-the split grille in 1961) and round taillights. and drivetrain offerings were from 1959. New to the option was a Sportable Transistor radio could be used in the car in place of the in-dash radio or removed the car for use as a portable with battery

Also new for 1960 were the eight lug aluminum wheels integral brake drums not only enhanced the car’s but also provided improved power. Another popular for performance enthusiasts was the Safe-T-Track slip differential. In the suspension the front track was increased the 59’s 63⅞ to 64.

In the engine compartment the type (water injection the exhaust valves- reverse type) cooling system was by the equa flow type V-8 cooling). Turn Signals standard, while the A/C was $430 and dash was $19.

Inside, a instrument panel featured a new sweep speedometer along minor changes in trim

1961–1964 Edit

The 1961 Pontiacs were completely with more squared-off the reintroduction of the split grille seen in 1959 and dropped for and an all-new Torque-Box perimeter with side rails the X frame chassis used 1958. The new frame not only greater side-impact protection the X design but also improved roominess.

Rooflines were squared off on four-door models the six-window styling dropped on sedans and wider C-pillars flat rear windows on hardtops. A revised version of the bubbletop roof was used on hardtops. Wrap-around windshields dropped in favor of flatter work for improved entry and to the front seat.

The new body was smaller and lighter than the model with wheelbase three inches (76 mm) to 119, length reduced by the same to 210 in mm) and width dropping nearly two to 78.2 from 80 in (2,032.0 mm) The front and rear track of the Pontiac was reduced to 62.5 in mm) front and rear. The new ’61 was advertised as All Pontiac.

On a New Wide

All engines were again 389 cu in l) V8s as in previous years. Standard were two-barrel units at 215 hp (160 kW) with the three-speed transmission or 267 hp (199 kW) with the Hydramatic, with a 230 hp (170 kW) economy V8 offered as a no-cost with the Hydramatic. Offered as options were more versions of the 389 including a 303 hp (226 kW) with four-barrel carburetor or 318 hp kW) Tri-Power option. New to the option were two higher performance of the 389, including a four-barrel 333 hp kW) unit and a 348 hp (260 kW) Tri-Power both with higher compression ratios. A 363 hp (271 kW) was offered to drag racers.

in the ’61 season the 421 cu in (6.9 l) Duty was released for sale.

A new Roto Hydramatic automatic replaced the previous four-speed for 1961. The new transmission was slimmer and than the older four-speed which was continued on the larger Chief and Bonneville models. new for 1961 was a four-speed manual with Hurst floor available on special order.

The Pontiacs received a heavy of the 1961 design with rounded body contours and new on two-door hardtops featuring bows. Catalina sedans and got a 1-inch (25 mm) wheelbase increase, spending 1961 on a 119-inch mm) length shared with Chevys (Safari wagons the 119-inch (3,000 mm) wheelbase 1964).

Most regular offerings were carried from 1961 with the 389 cu in l) Trophy V8, ranging in power from 215 hp (160 kW) to 348 hp (260 A small number of 1962 and other Pontiacs were with a non-streetable 421 cu in (6.9 l) Duty V8 with two four-barrel and 405 hp (302 kW), as a US$2,250 (when the base Catalina at US$2,725), along with over the counter performance offered by Pontiac including bumpers and even lighter with drilled holes were dubbed the Swiss frames).

For 1963, Catalinas and other Pontiacs featured cleaner, bodylines and vertical headlights the split grille, but retained the dimensions and basic bodyshell of Engine offerings were as the 333 hp (248 kW) and 348 hp (260 kW) versions of the 389 V8 dropped in favor of production of the larger 421 cu in (6.9 l) rated at 338 (252 kW) with four-barrel 353 hp (263 kW) with Tri-Power, or a 370 hp kW) HO with Tri-Power. The 405 hp (302 kW) Duty 421 was still offered to teams during the early of the model year but discontinued General Motors ordered (and Chevrolet) to cease and from factory-supported racing in February 1963.

New options for included a tilt steering that could be adjusted to six positions, AM/FM radio and control.

A 1963 Catalina modified by California hot-rodder Straub was used as a tow vehicle in the M2-F1 program.

Mild including new grilles and taillights the 1964 full-sized Pontiacs. offerings were unchanged 1963 except for a new GM-built four-speed manual replacing the T-10 unit. Also new for was the 2+2 option package available on two-door hardtops and convertibles included bucket seats, suspension and other performance along with the same of 389 cu in (6.4 l) and 421 cu in (6.9 l) V8s found in Catalinas.

Throughout most of the when Pontiac annually third place in industry behind Chevrolet and Ford, the was also often the industry’s best-selling full-sized car behind the Chevrolet Impala and second-place Galaxie 500. The Catalina’s in the low-medium priced field led competitors to respond with products such as the 1961 Newport, a less-expensive Chrysler was priced lower than models bearing the Chrysler in recent previous years; and the Dodge Custom 880 and 1963 Monterey, both of which introduced as full-fledged low-medium full-sized cars in size and that followed unsuccessful by Mercury and Dodge to bring out full-sized cars.

In 1964, Pontiac’s mid-priced rivals General Motors responded to the success in the marketplace as well as to Chevy Impala owners up to cars from upscale GM Buick took its lowest-priced big the LeSabre, and lowered the base price further by substituting a 300 cu in (4.9 l) V8 engine and two-speed transmission from its intermediate-sized in place of the 401 cu in (6.6 l) V8 and three-speed used in other big Buicks. went even further by a whole new full-sized series, the 88, which was $75 lower than the 88 series (but still a few higher than comparable Catalina models) and also got a engine — a 330 cu in (5.4 l) V8 and automatic transmission from the F-85/Cutlass line, along smaller 9.5 in (240 mm) brake (also from the GM intermediates) to the 11–12 in (280–300 mm) drums found on all other GM full-sized from the bare-bones six-cylinder Biscayne to the Cadillac 75 limousine.

And the Catalina was still priced than the Jetstar and LeSabre, the full-sized Pontiac was often by buyers as a better value in the due to its larger standard V8 engine and automatic transmission, and (in comparison to the 88) bigger brakes.

1965–1970

The 1965 full-sized Pontiacs completely restyled with flowing sheetmetal featuring profiles and fastback rooflines on hardtops. Wheelbases increased to 121 (3,100 mm) on all models.

A new three-speed Hydramatic automatic transmission the previous Roto Hydramatic on full-sized Pontiacs for 1965. The was a three-speed torque converter similar in basic design to Torqueflite and Ford’s Cruise-O-Matic — a move that torque converter automatics the design for shiftless transmissions, and the original fluid-coupling Hydramatic to Though the Turbo transmission to use the Hydramatic name, it shared of its design with the older

The Turbo Hydramatic also the standardized P-R-N-D-S-L shift which replaced the P-N-D-S-L-R long familiar to owners of Pontiacs, Oldsmobiles and Cadillacs.

The 389 and 421 V8s received a number of revisions thinner wall block The standard engine for Catalina was the 389 two-barrel rated at 256 horsepower kW) with base three-speed transmission and 8.6 to 1 compression or 290 horses Turbo Hydramatic transmission and 10.5 to 1 compression. An economy 265 horsepower (198 kW) version of the 389 with 8.6 to 1 compression ratio burned regular gas was available as a option with Turbo

Optional engines included a 389 rated at 325 horsepower (242 kW) Turbo Hydramatic or 333 with shift, a Tri-Power 389 rated at 338 a four-barrel 421 rated at the same 338 (252 kW), 353 horses Tri-Power or the 421 HO with Tri-Power and 376 (280 kW).

The 2+2 option from a trim package to an performance car package for 1965 to Pontiac’s intermediate-sized GTO. The engine with the 2+2 was now the 338-horsepower 421 with the 353 horsepower (263 kW) or 376-horsepower 421 HO with Tri-Power as options.

The 1966 full-sized received minor a facelifting of the body with new grilles and treatment. Inside, the instrument was revised along with trim. The 2+2 was upgraded from an to full model status and offerings on all Catalina models the same as 1965 with the being the elimination of the 338-horsepower 389 option.

For 1967, Catalinas and full-sized Pontiacs received a facelifting of the ’65 bodyshell more rounded wasp-waisted contours and fuller fastback along with concealed wipers — an industry Replacing the 389 and 421 V8s of previous years new 400 and 428 cubic-inch V8s built off the same V8 design in use since 1955. The Catalina engine was a two-barrel rated at 265 horsepower (198 kW) three-speed manual transmission or 290 (220 kW) with Turbo The 265 horsepower (198 kW) engine was as a no-cost option with the Hydramatic and differed from the 290 horsepower (220 kW) unit by regular gas as opposed to premium Optional engines included a 400 rated at 325 horsepower (242 a four-barrel 428 rated at 360 horsepower kW) or the four-barrel 428 HO rated at 376 horsepower kW).

The Tri-Power engine were dropped for 1967 to a new GM corporate policy which the use of multiple carbs on all vehicles the Chevrolet Corvette. Front brakes and stereo 8-track player were new additions to the list.

The 2+2 was offered for the last in 1967 in both hardtop and convertible. The 360-horsepower 428 was standard and the 428 HO was This model was dropped due to low since its 1964 introduction as car buyers overwhelmingly preferred and lighter intermediates such as own GTO and the new Firebird ponycar, which was for 1967.

A 1967 Pontiac convertible was featured in the Red Hot Chili music video Scar

For 1968, Catalinas and other Pontiacs received a minor of the ’67 body with a new split grille along a reverting back to horizontal and revised taillights. Engine were similar to 1967 revised horsepower ratings 340 for the four-barrel 400, 375 for the 428 four-barrel and 390 for the 428 HO.

The Pontiacs received a major with somewhat more off sheetmetal (though not as much as cars from other GM and rooflines. However, the basic chassis, inner-body structure and pillared sedan roofline retained although vent were dropped on all models and wagons got a new two-way tailgate could be opened to the side a door or downward like a — similar in design to introduced by Ford Motor on Ford/Mercury wagons in 1966. also got a one-inch wheelbase to 122.

Variable-ratio power was a new option this year and disc brakes were now included when the power option was ordered.

Engine consisted of a standard 290-horsepower 400 (or no-cost optional regular-fuel 400 with Turbo Hydramatic 330-horsepower 400 four-barrel, 370-horsepower 428 or the 428 HO rated at 390 horses. The standard manual transmission and optional Turbo Hydramatic were as before, but the four-speed manual Hurst shifter was dropped the option list.

All full-sized including Catalinas, received a new Prix-like V-nose grille for along with ‘horns on a facelifted front end and new taillights in the rear bumper. Catalina and coupes now came standard a smaller 255-horsepower 350 cubic-inch V8 as standard equipment with engines including the previously 400 two-barrel rated at 265 and 290 horsepower standard on convertibles and Safari a 330-horsepower 400 four-barrel and a two versions of the new 455 V8 rated at 360 horsepower (270 kW) or 370 with the HO option. As in past a three-speed manual transmission column shift was standard but most cars were with the optional three-speed Hydramatic.

Also offered for but seldom ordered, was a two-speed transmission, Turbo Hydramatic 300 was available with the 350 V8.

The 1965-70 GM B platform is the fourth selling automobile platform in after the Volkswagen Beetle, Model T and the Lada Riva.

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In 1971 the mid-level was discontinued and replaced with the Brougham . which offered a luxurious interior trim the regular Catalina. The Brougham was in 1973 after its sales to meet expectations. 1972 marked the final appearance of the convertible.

For 1971, Catalina and full-sized Pontiacs were redesigned and restyled from the up with long hood/short proportions and fuselage styling similar to Chrysler Corporation’s full-sized cars, along a double shell roof for roll-over protection and flush exterior door handles the latter two features first on the 1970½ Firebird. Catalina and Brougham sedans and coupes on a 123.4-inch (3,130 mm) wheelbase Bonneville and Grand Ville a longer 126-inch (3,200 mm) and Safari wagons were an longer at 127 inches. Station also got their own multi-leaf rear suspensions, while and coupes continued to be suspended front and rear coil

New for 1971 was the Catalina Brougham which offered a plusher trim than the regular available as a two-door hardtop, hardtop and four-door pillared The Brougham, while similar in to the Ventura Custom trim offered on most Catalina since 1962, replaced the old series.

The Catalina Safari became simply the Pontiac for 1971 (though it continued to interior and exterior trimmings Catalina sedans and coupes) the more luxurious Executive and wagons were replaced by the new Safari wagon. While the Safari shared its grille with the new Grand Ville its interior trim was identical to the vinyl interior offered on the series. Pontiac now grouped its wagons as a separate series their sedan counterparts, as did (Brookwood, Townsman, Kingswood, Estate), Oldsmobile (Custom and Buick (Estate Wagon).

As did all GM wagons, the Safari and Grand received GM’s new clamshell Operated by switches on the instrument or a key switch on the rear quarter the tailgate slid into a under the cargo floor the electric window slid into the rear roof Pontiac boasted the new system it easier to load and unload the in tight spaces, but the Glide-Away was prone to electrical and mechanical and water and air leakage problems, as the aged.

Another trouble-prone Pontiacs shared with all GM B- and cars for 1971 was a new power system. The system, also with the ill-fated Vega, the heater fan to draw air into the car the cowl intake, and force it out vents in the trunk lid or tailgate. In passengers could enjoy air even when the car was moving or stopped, as in heavy traffic.

In however, it didn’t work.

weeks of the 1971 models’ however, Pontiac—and all other GM multiple complaints from who complained the ventilation system cold air into the car before the could warm up—and not be shut off. The ventilation was extensively revised for 1972.

All featured new Grand Prix-style cockpit instrument panels placed controls and instruments easy reach of the driver with two round pods for a and the other for warning lights, gauge or optional gauges and clock. Interior trims available in cloth and Morrokide or expanded Morrokide depending on

Standard engine in Catalina and coupes was a 255-horsepower 350 (actually 355 V8 with two-barrel carburetor. Brougham models and Safari came standard with a 400 V8 with two-barrel carburetor at 265 gross horsepower that was on other Catalina models. engines included a 455 cubic-inch V8 two- or four-barrel carburetion and horsepower ratings of 285 and 325,

All Pontiac engines for 1971 designed to run on lower-octane regular low lead or unleaded gasoline to a GM corporate edict, necessitating in compression ratios.

Power disc brakes were standard equipment for the first in 1971. As in previous years, ratio power steering and Hydramatic transmission were options but became standard midway through the 1971 run. Also available on 1971 Catalinas with the 350 was a two-speed automatic transmission in to the standard column-shift three-speed

For 1972, Catalinas and other Pontiacs received new Grand V nose grilles and sturdier bumpers that could crashes of up to 5 mph (8.0 km/h), a ahead of the Federal standard took effect in 1973, with revised taillight

The two-barrel 400 cubic-inch V8 was standard on all models rated at 175 net horsepower to 265 gross horses in 1971 to a switch in power measurements gross ratings which measured by a dynometer with no attached while the net figures measured as installed in a vehicle all accessories and emission gear up. Optional engines included a 455 rated at 185 horsepower (138 kW) and a 455 rated at 250 horsepower (190 The year 1972 was the last for the convertible and the Catalina Brougham

Catalina and other 1973 Pontiacs featured more spilt grilles along the now-federally mandated 5 mph (8.0 front bumper, and revised lenses. Instrument panels the wrap-around theme but the two round were housed in square With the Catalina Brougham only the regular Catalina and Safari wagons were this year.

Catalinas and full-sized Pontiacs including and Grand Villes now rode on a 123.4-inch (3,130 mm) wheelbaase for and coupes though Safari and Safari wagons continued on own 127-inch (3,200 mm) wheelbase.

sedans and coupes came with a 350 cubic-inch V8 rated at 150 (110 kW) with a 170-horsepower 400 optional and standard on Safari Optional engines included a 400 four-barrel and 250-horsepower 455 four-barrel V8.

A new center split grille and rear styling with new 5 mph km/h) bumpers on the aft end and license moved above the bumper the 1974 Catalina and other big Two-door hardtop coupes new fixed triangular side but kept the pillarless style roll-down rear quarter unlike Chevrolet, which the rolldown rear quarters in the and Impala Custom coupes. The pillared and hardtop sedans virtually unchanged from

Interiors were much the as 1973 except for a revised steering wheel and new cut-pile

New to the option list were accelerator and brake pedals, a exclusive (and seldom and a Radial Tuned Suspension included the upgraded tires with other suspension such as front and rear bars.

The 170-horsepower 400 V8 with carburetor was now the standard engine on all with a 225-horsepower 400 four-barrel and 455 four-barrel V8 available as options. for 1974, the Safari wagon was the Catalina Safari and continued to interior and exterior trims sedans and coupes.

The year brought revised front and styling to Catalinas and other Pontiacs, along with radial tires and electronic The same assortment of 400 and 455 engines over from 1974 reduced horsepower ratings from 170 to 200, but now mated to converters, which provided driveability and fuel economy previous emission control but mandated the use of unleaded gasoline. pillared and hardtop sedans new six-window styling with the window on the hardtop sedan as an opera window.

1975 marked the end of Pontiac convertible until 1982; the Grand Brougham was the last full-size convertible.

For 1976, only detail changes were to Catalinas and other full-sized that included revised (with rectangular headlights now on with the Custom Trim headlights continued on base and taillight lenses. This was the last for the 1971-vintage bodyshell, adjustable pedals, 455 V8 and the clamshell on Safari wagons. 1976 marked the return of the Bonneville series to the top of the full-size line, as marketers abandoned the Grand name entirely.

1977–1981

In 1977, Pontiac and other GM downsized their full-sized in an effort to lighten weight and gas mileage. The Catalina continued as entry-level full-size automobile a Buick-built 231 cubic-inch V6 now standard in and coupes (Safari wagons standard with V8 power) and V8s of 301 CID, 350 CID and 400 CID displacements, each engines and offered in all states California. The Pontiac 350 was offered in but replaced by Buick and Olds 350 V8s 1978 to 1980; and the Pontiac offered through 1978, was by an Oldsmobile 403 V8 in 1979 only.

An 350 Diesel V8 was optional for 1980 and along with another Pontiac V8 of 265 CID.

With the 1977 model, the Catalina got a new two-way tailgate that be opened to the side as a door or as a tailgate which replaced the complicated 1971-76 clamshell design. The wagons also the same full-coil spring as their sedan counterparts, than the multi-leaf springs on 1971-76 Safaris.

As Pontiac V8s completely banned from the of California beginning in 1977 due to the to meet the state’s more emission control standards, (and Bonnevilles) sold in were equipped with from other GM divisions 1981. Those included the 231 V6 and an assortment of V8s including the Chevrolet Oldsmobile 307, Buick and 350s, and Olds 403 V8.

The Catalina was discontinued after the model year along the more luxurious Bonneville as sought to abandon the full-sized car as part of GM’s continued program. The 1982 Bonneville was as a mid-size car. When of the Catalina nameplate ended in over 3.8 million Catalinas had sold since 1959.

Chief, Laurentian, Parisienne and Parisienne (Canada and Canadian only) Edit

From the through 1970s, GM of Canada a unique hierarchy of full-size series different from the Catalina, Star Chief, and Bonneville lines. In Canada, was marketed as a low priced car, than a medium price as in the U.S. Closely paralleling Biscayne, Bel Air and Impala series, by the Canadian models were Strato Chief, Laurentian and

When Chevrolet introduced the Sport as a distinct model in 1962, GM of Canada soon available a similarly equipped Custom Sport (rebadged 2+2 in 1967 to mirror a name by Pontiac in the US for a sporty model on its Catalina series). And when rolled out its topline Caprice in mid-1965 to compete with newly introduced upscale LTD, GM of Canada introduced the Parisienne trim series for the model year.

Like all Pontiacs built from to 1970, Laurentians used Chevrolet chassis, drive and other parts, but using a shell similar in style to, but not with, the U.S. Catalina. For a 1964 Pontiac Laurentian like a Catalina, but has more in with the Chevrolet Bel Air.

at least 1967, however, the wore the three stars associated with the Pontiac Chief/Executive series, even other exterior trim were similar to the Catalina.

The was available in all the body styles for the Chevrolet Bel Air, including coupes and sedans, through the model run. After hardtops were offered in the Parisienne and Grande Parisienne which paralleled the Chevrolet and Caprice respectively. However, hardtops returned to the Strato-Chief and series in 1969 because discontinued its Catalina 2-door in the U.S. after the 1968 run.


The Canadian model nameplates were never in the U. S. They were built for the market and for export from as disassembled crate or kit cars. The one came when the Parisienne an American Pontiac offering in mid-1983 through 1986, by this time the U.S. and offerings were identical. As the remaining full-size Pontiac available at the time, the Canadian had been coveted by US dealerships as a model to fill that segment and compete with the offered by Chevrolet dealers.

The name was deemed suitable for the and production was simply extended to both countries.

A number assembled from CKD kits by GM in Australia and more — SKD this time — in New Zealand. As well, these were assembled at GM plants in the and South Africa. Canadian were used in part as a fellow Commonwealth country, were advantages with duties. But largely due first to the of part sourcing two separate GM from the same parts

Second, with higher prices and lower discretionary than in the US, Canadian Pontiacs Chevrolets were more hence more marketable Thirdly, without the bulk and of American Pontiacs, their counterparts were better where space can be limited, as in and in a British RHD environment where an large full-size car has overly disadvantages.

These RHD cars had the dashboards whether Chevrolet and Bel Airs also made it to NZ took just Impalas) or and only one dash design per run so the 61-64 models had the one dash (a RHD of the 1961 Pontiac layout) though it changed annually in and the 65-68s all had a ‘transposed’ version of the Chevrolet dash. The RHD cars had antiquated, short, ‘clap-hands’ that almost met in the middle of the rather than the parallel of the LHD Canadian cars. Local upholstery and two-speed heater/demisters fitted — some cars had local Frigidaire air

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