RealRides of WNY - 1964 Pontiac

The poverty hubcaps are deceiving on this 1964 Pontiac Parisienne Safari, making it (at a glance) look like it might be on of the lower-cost wagons (Laurentian or Strato Chief), but the trim — not to mention the Parisienne badge on the rear quarter panel — says otherwise. Pontiac Canada called the Parisienne Safari “the most luxurious load toter of them all.”They also menti

RealRides of WNY - 1986 Parisienne

The 1986 Pontiac Parisienne Broughamwas the last of the B-I-GPontiac full-size sedans. Taking its place at the top of the Pontiac model heap in 1983, supplanting the Bonneville (which was now a midsize), the Parisienne was a new model in the US, but Canadians had been used to seeing the quaint French name on big Pontiacs since back in 1958. Just as the Impala was a sub-series of the Bel Air for 19

RealRides of WNY - 1963 Grand Prix

Came upon this 1963 Pontiac Grand Prixsitting in a driveway in Niagara Falls, Ontarioa couple of Saturdays ago. The owner, sitting on his front porch enjoying a beautiful Canada Day weekend, pointed out that this was an American Grand Prix, not a Canadian, Chevrolet-based car with a narrower track and a Chevy engine. From 1966-68, there wasa Grand Parisienne model lineup sold in Canada, which trim

RealRides of WNY - 1973 Pontiac Grand Ville

Yea, all these years later we’re still trying to figure out why Pontiac decided to supersede the Bonneville in model year 1971 with a higher-up nameplate. But they did, and this 1973 Grand Villeis just one example of the car which Pontiac at the time advertised as its most luxurious full-sized car. For some reason they had a change of heart and dropped the Grand Ville after just five model y

RealRides of WNY - 1980 Pontiac Bonneville

This 1980 Pontiac Bonneville is all that and a bag of chips — padded top, whitewalls, fake wire-wheel covers, fender skirts, stand-up hood ornament, plush interior, and chrome — lots of chrome. This was GM’s (and much of the American car-buying public’s) idea of a fancy-schmancy car. And it was. We found this remarkably well-preserved one a few weeks ago in North Tonawanda.