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If you love c body Mopars you almost automatically have a soft spot for those fullsize Pontiacs.
I like the way they combined sportiness with the elegance of a fullsize vehicle.
On the Grand Prix models you could always opt for bucket seats with manual transmission.
GM really did a huge mistake eliminating the Pontiac brand.
I was a big pontiac guy before I got into mopars.
I own a 66 2+2. 421 car. Blue
I also own a 69 grand prix 428 car.
Also a 67 Lemans Gto kinda clone.
66 is way better than the 65 as Pontiac fixed the beak problem on the 66. is more sharp and looks correct.
Same with the grand prix's. 66 is the more desirable year. Way cool rear tail lights on the 66 grand prix.
My 69 grand prix, would drive to new york from colorado right now. Very original, very little rust, from up here in the mountains. Great car to drive. I purchased it to take the 428 out and put into my 67 lemans gto. after ten miles I decided to keep the car. Sweet ride for sure! Delorean's last American car company interior design.
Just sold a 70 firebird.
Sold another 70 firebird last year.
My 67 LeMans has the gills like the 66 2+2.
I always wanted a 66 Tempest/ Lemans with the overhead cam 6 cylinder.
I believe it was the first at least American car with a belt driven camshaft.
I've always loved the ponchos too and the 8 lug 63 & 64 GP has always been a personal favorite. 65 not so much. Back in the 70s it was all Pontiac for me. Had few Canadians, a 63 Parisienne, 66 and a 67 Beaumont which is a Cdn LeMans. The 67 was a SD 396 car that my dad factory ordered for a guy when he worked at a Pontiac dealer in Saskatchewan. I bought it at 40k miles as the third owner. It had the 3 gills behind the doors and factory 5 spoke color matched (plum) wheels that I’ve never seen since. Later on I had a 69 GTO 4 speed ragtop which I parked for 6 months after losing my license for trying to outrun the local constabulary. After a 30 mile chase I ran out of gas. Oops sorry officer it seems the gas pedal stuck to the floor. Come with me boy.
The Canadian full size Pontiac models namely, Strato Chief, Laurentian, and Parisienne were built on a Chevy chassis which I always thought really sucked. They weren't the so called wide tracks like the US models Bonneville, Catalina, and GP.
My 69 GTO
67 Beaumont - not mine but looks identical
That 6 banger was also available in a Firebird in 67/68.
I saw one at a car cruise a few years ago and couldn't believe it! Very cool car.
I haven't seen one of those for over two decades, but I haven't looked very hard
Jay Leno picked a blue one up last summer and gets it restored. I'm really looking forward for another episode about it.
Wasn't the Beaumont more a Chevelle than a Pontiac? 396cid was a chevy only displacement that was never used on US Pontiacs only on Canadian models. I never got why GM used so many Chevy parts on the Canadian Pontiacs anyways
My 68 Tempest Custom was the cheap base model with the LeMans and GTO being the versions with
more exclusive options. Today though it´s almost impossible to find a Tempest that´s in good condition
without any modifications done to it trying to clone a GTO
My first (running) car was a 74 Grand Prix, 400 auto great car but it ate starters at an alarming rate. I could change one out in 20 minuets.
That Beaumont was a badge engineered Chevelle. The first generation Acadian/Beaumont was a badge engineered Chevy II/Nova. Starting in 65 the Beaumont model moved to the Chevelle platform and the lower Acadian models remained on the Nova platform. Contrary to popular belief, none of them had anything to do with Pontiac other than it was usually a Pontiac store that they were sold at. Acadian was a separate division of GM Canada.
A few I have owned and still own.
Wish I had as many mopars as I have had pontiacs.
Still drive this one a few times a year.
When I purchased this in 98 I wanted a viper but the dealerships just laughed at me. Colorado Springs. That turned me away from Mopar for a few years. unfortunate as I would have had a far better car if they would have worked with me. I was 18.
That's correct it was a hybrid. The body and engine options of a Chevelle with different grille and tail treatment, along with a LeMans dash with round instrumentation, the side gills, etc. The high end model for the Beaumont was called a Sport Deluxe similar to the Chevelle's Super Sport.
I don't think the beaumont gills were used on any pontiac. Similar looking but not the same.
Closer picture anyone?
not everyday you see a ram air trans am