Canadian cars....

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  1. Krash Kadillak

    Krash Kadillak Well-Known Member

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    Off shoot from Fannie's project car thread.......

    So I just had a 'light bulb' question pop in my head...

    Back in '68 - '72 in the U.S., GM was selling the mid-sizers - Chevy Chevelle / Malibu; Pontiac Lemans; Olds Cutlass; and Buick Skylark.

    Then in Canada, you had the Canadian Pontiac Beaumont (which was mostly a Chevelle). Were those other cars also sold in Canada?

    (Basically what I'm asking were there Oldsmobile / Buick / Cadillac dealers in Canada as well? And if so, why did (only) Canadian Pontiac dealers get their own 'specific' Canadian vehicles?
     
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    It was Chevy/Olds/Cadillac together, and Pontiac/Buick/GMC together.

    If you notice, the 'Canadian' Pontiac models had French names (Beaumont, Lemans, Parisienne), but they were popular anywhere in Canada.
     
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    Lots of neet Canada only cars... all Canadian Pontiacs, 1969 being the last had Chevy engines.
     
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    We parted out a late sixties Pontiac 2+2 with a 396, and another with a 427 :dance:. They were "just parts cars" back then. Who knew they'd be worth anything later on. There are several 348 and 409 factory Poncho's running around yet, including early sixties wagons. At one time, to see a Pontiac engined mid sixties car in Canada was quite a treat.

    I don't know which Fords and Mopars were Canadian only, but they also had their own cars as well.

    When I bought my '57 it was very difficult to find US Pontiac parts to get it back together and on the road.
     
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    The Parisienne's and Bonneville's were made in the G.M. Plant in Oshawa. 1981 was the last year for the all-Pontiac Parisienne (my '81 was #21,756 of the line in Plant #2). After that the Parisienne was introduced to the U.S. market but was really just a re-badged Caprice and no longer had that noticeable Pontiac style.

    Below is a shot of my '81 Brougham in my driveway with my old Grand Marquis the day she was dropped off. The other picture is an '83 Parisienne that was for sale on eBay. You can see little difference between the U.S. '83 and a Chevrolet Caprice. '82's were a very low production year apparently, if they existed at all, and not as common. I've only ever seen one '82 come up for sale anywhere. Not sure if that's significant or not.
     

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    Montcalm, Monterrey, Rideau... I don't think Mopar made any specific Canadian models. The only one I read about, was the Plymouth Valiant sales distribution in Canada. In the US, the Valiant became a model that was swapped to both Dodge and Plymouth dealers.
     
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    We had the Ford Frontinac that was sold only in Mercury dealersips,
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Frontenac

    http://www.stationwagonforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10904

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    the Canadian 1961 Metoer 600

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    60 Metoer Ranch wagon
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    60 Meteor Montcalm

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    61 Canadian Meteor

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    57 Metoer

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    And there are more Metoers of various years.

    Little known (who cares:biglaugh:) fact about the Canadian Meteor....

    1979 Was the last year of Canadian Metoers only sold here. All the Metoeors built in the last year of production were built in the USA, not a single opne was built in Canada.


    I'll be back, there are several Canada only Mopars, just have to find them again.
     
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    The Canadian built Regent mated the Dodge front end to the Plymouth body; look at the tail fins. I bought this Christine-like wreck in the hope of making some money upon the registration plate. That didn't work out and I sold her for 1/3 of what I paid! The older man in the image bought the car from me, and he is also the original purchaser of the car from a Canadian dealership in 1958. He remained in Canada for a few years, then brought the Dodge with him when he returned to UK. He kept the Dodge for another 10 years or so before selling. For the next 20+ years she changed a few hands before falling into an extreme state of disrepair and left to rust in Plymouth. Sadly, she was the most rusty car I have ever seen. I don't know whether her new (original) owner will ever be able to restore something that for gone, but it certainly brought back memories for him.​







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    58 Canadian Dodge Crusader

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    The Canadian Valiants were Dodge Dart bodies with Valiant trim.
    read this on the Canadian Plymouths:
    http://www.valiant.org/canada.html

    The Canadian Auto industry was struggling for years.
    heavy tarrifs,and low sales led to the 1965 Auto Pact.
    The Auto Pact lifted the tarrifs,created more jobs in Canada,and saw the demise of the Canadian only models of cars from the big three.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto_Pact
    It did have it's cons and was declared illegal in 2001
     
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    Caprice Estate Dads 74 Caprice

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    My Canadian 1957 Pontiac Pathfinder Deluxe sedan, sure it is a 57 Chevy in disguise but it seems to get more looks and comments than the other. Oh by the way i love 57 Chevy's and had one for 24 years. Cheers.
     
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