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YAK Car Pic of the Day

’63 Pontiac Parisienne, Welland, Ontario

So, you’re saying you recognize this car, yet something seems… a bit off. The trim looks like a cross between a Bonneville and a Catalina. Well, it’s neither. It is a 1963 Pontiac Parisienne, built and sold in Canada. The full-sized Canadian Pontiacs were built on the smaller Chevrolet chassis, hence the bodies had to be altered a bit for length; they also used Chevrolet running gear. The other series were the Laurentian, and the base Strato Chief; each series also had a Safari (station wagon) in the line. The Canadian buying public warmly received these Canada-only cars, and Pontiac often found itself in third place in sales, behind Chevy and Ford. This convertible was photographed recently in a Welland, Ontario driveay.

(I spent a good part of the day yesterday in Saratoga Springs, at the Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car show, and in the upcoming week I’ll be featuring some of the more interesting cars seen there.)

Parisienne Sport Coupe


— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know