2018 Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction
Lot
46

1966 Pontiac Parisienne Sedan (RHD)

$27,000

Sold

Specifications

Engine 327ci V8
Gearbox Two-speed Auto
Body Work Sedan
Colour Pale Metallic Blue, White roof
Interior Pale Blue & White
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Alloy wheels
Brakes Disc/drum

Description

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The Pontiac Parisienne is a full-size rear-wheel drive vehicle that was sold by Pontiac on the GM B platform in Canada from 1958 to 1986, and in the United States from 1983 to 1986. The Parisienne wagon continued under the Safari nameplate until 1989. Built in the GM of Canada assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, Pontiacs had parallel model lineups as "full size" Chevrolets. Starting in 1966 Pontiac offered the "Grande Parisienne", two-door and four-door hardtop models parallel to Chevrolet's luxurious "Caprice," although Grande Parisiennes through 1968 used the styling of the US-market Grand Prix. Pontiacs were assembled in GM-H plants in all capital cities of Australia from CKD chassis and pre-war Chevrolet bodies stamped and built in Adelaide. Following the war, production re-commenced and evolved with the availability of American models in CKD form. Sourced from Canadian-supplied CKD kits, the Parisienne debuted in Australia in 1964 as a 4 door sedan with the 283 cubic inch engine. In 1965 the iconic 4-door (pillarless) Sport Sedan Hardtop was introduced here, along with the 327ci V8, and the model quickly became popular among buyers looking for a car that reflected their means. Production of the Pontiac Parisienne in CKD form continued in Australia officially until 1968, though some final vehicles were assembled for special customers in 1969.