The Pontiac Parisienne
is a full-size rear-wheel drive
vehicle that was sold by Pontiac
on the GM B platform
from 1958 to 1986 and in the US
from 1983 to 1986. The Parisienne wagon continued under the Safari
nameplate until 1989.
Differences from US Pontiacs
For most of its life, the Parisienne was the Canadian nameplate for the top of the line model sold in GM of Canada's Pontiac showrooms. Parisiennes were distinct from other Canadian Pontiac models by their standard features: the luxuriousness of upholstery fabrics; standard equipment such as courtesy interior and trunk lights; bright trim mouldings in the interior; distinct exterior accent chrome pieces; and availability of 2 and 4-door hardtops and convertibles.
In particular, Canadian "full size" Pontiacs were actually closely related to Chevrolets, making use of the economical Chevrolet chassis and drivetrain, though with the American Pontiac exterior body panels and interior instrument panels. As Chevrolets under the skin, Canadian Pontiacs including the Parisienne used the same engines and transmissions as full-size Chevys, including the 230 and 250 cu inch 6 cylinder
and 283, 305, 327, 350, 396, 400, 409, 427 and 454 cu inch V8s
. These engines were mated to the same transmissions as Chevrolet, including 3 and 4 speed manual
and the 2 speed Powerglide and later the 3 speed Turbo-Hydramatic automatic transmissions
Built in the same GM of Canada assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, Pontiacs had... Read More