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Vehicle sighting - 1966 Pontiac Parisienne 2-dr convertible #5434188 05/20/20 01:42 PM
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Dropped off a lawnmower blade and some chainsaw chains for sharpening yesterday, and thought I would try a new route to get to my 2nd errand. This was on my bike. Turned out I rode needlessly through post-apocalyptic industrial wasteland for much of the way, but the detour was salvaged when I spotted this beauty! It doesn't show up well in the photo, but I could see the "PRNDL" on the dash. That, and the unenhanced V8 decal, I think indicate a 283 SBC engine and a 2-speed Powerglide transmission, at least originally.

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Re: Vehicle sighting - 1966 Pontiac Parisienne 2-dr convertible [Re: Number_35] #5434194 05/20/20 01:45 PM
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Sweet ride. Thanks for posting!

Re: Vehicle sighting - 1966 Pontiac Parisienne 2-dr convertible [Re: Number_35] #5434195 05/20/20 01:49 PM
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very nice.


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Re: Vehicle sighting - 1966 Pontiac Parisienne 2-dr convertible [Re: Number_35] #5434209 05/20/20 02:07 PM
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Im jealous


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Re: Vehicle sighting - 1966 Pontiac Parisienne 2-dr convertible [Re: Number_35] #5434233 05/20/20 02:41 PM
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Beauty, wonder what her name is.


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Re: Vehicle sighting - 1966 Pontiac Parisienne 2-dr convertible [Re: Number_35] #5434240 05/20/20 02:52 PM
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I believe those Pontiacs had a 3-speed automatic and the smallest engine option was a 383 cid V-8. They were big sellers for GM and this is a really nice example. Thanks for posting!

Re: Vehicle sighting - 1966 Pontiac Parisienne 2-dr convertible [Re: Number_35] #5434317 05/20/20 03:58 PM
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No Pontiac of that vintage ever had a small block Chevy OE. 389 with 2 BBL and 3 speed transmission wold be very common.. Thousands of Pontiac aficionados felt a twinge of pain at that statement.

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Re: Vehicle sighting - 1966 Pontiac Parisienne 2-dr convertible [Re: Number_35] #5434349 05/20/20 04:17 PM
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It's a Pontiac Parisienne, a Pontiac built in Canada. In 1966 and other years, they were powered by Chevy engines with Chevy transmissions.

Re: Vehicle sighting - 1966 Pontiac Parisienne 2-dr convertible [Re: Number_35] #5434350 05/20/20 04:18 PM
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The 3 speeds in the A body came in in 1967. Not sure about the big cars.
But that 389 was a torque MONSTER.
The 65 thru 68 Goats were some of the most beautiful cars ever made.

There was a 326 cu in version of the Pontiac block as well.
It became the 350 and the '89 became a 400 and 455.

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Re: Vehicle sighting - 1966 Pontiac Parisienne 2-dr convertible [Re: Danh] #5434470 05/20/20 06:09 PM
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I learned to drive in my grandfather's 1966 Tempest, it had a 2 speed snd a 326 cubic inch Pontiac.
Thanks for the memory reboot OP.

Re: Vehicle sighting - 1966 Pontiac Parisienne 2-dr convertible [Re: Number_35] #5434617 05/20/20 09:01 PM
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Nice car, but it deserves more than 283 cubes-- a 389 or 421 would be about right.

Were any Pontiacs built with traditional Pontiac engines up there?

Re: Vehicle sighting - 1966 Pontiac Parisienne 2-dr convertible [Re: Number_35] #5434654 05/20/20 10:00 PM
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Don't know about Canada.....But a '66 326ci Pontiac would have been backed by a Super Turbine 300 2-speed auto.

When I was a kid....My dad bought Buicks & Oldsmobiles because the engines would outlive Chevrolet engine twofold.


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Re: Vehicle sighting - 1966 Pontiac Parisienne 2-dr convertible [Re: ragtoplvr] #5434698 05/20/20 11:53 PM
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Originally Posted by ragtoplvr
No Pontiac of that vintage ever had a small block Chevy OE. 389 with 2 BBL and 3 speed transmission wold be very common.. Thousands of Pontiac aficionados felt a twinge of pain at that statement.



Actually, a true Pontiac aficionado would know that Canadian Pontiacs came with Chevy engines.

Re: Vehicle sighting - 1966 Pontiac Parisienne 2-dr convertible [Re: Number_35] #5434723 05/21/20 01:05 AM
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In NZ our American branded right hand drive cars came from Canada. A Pontiac was a badged Chev, a Dodge a badged Plymouth.


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Re: Vehicle sighting - 1966 Pontiac Parisienne 2-dr convertible [Re: clinebarger] #5434751 05/21/20 03:19 AM
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Yep. High nickel content in those blocks.

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