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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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In case any of you are still wondering why the brand no longer exists, look no further than this 1984 Pontiac Bonneville. What’s that you say? It looks like a Chevy Malibu? Give that YAKfan a ceegar! For a period beginning back in 1957, the Bonneville was Pontiac’s flagship. In 1983, perhaps to shake things up a bit, the powers-that-be decided that the top of the full-sized line would herein be known as — ta-da! — the Parisienne, which up until that time had been a Canadian-only model name. The Bonneville was now a mid-sized car, slotted between the front-drive 6000 and the behemoth Parisienne. This experiment lasted until the 1987s were introduced, and the Parisienne disappeared, while the Bonneville was now a bit larger than the 83-86 model, yet somewhat smaller than the Parisienne — and it was also now a front-drive model. Pontiac fans, what was left of them — couldn’t keep track without a score card. Neither could anyone else. This one, like Monday’s Cadillac Coupe de Ville YAK Pic, is wearing Texas plates, but was photographed on Niagara Street in Buffalo, where it’s sat for a while now.

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— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know