CC Find of the Day: “No Dude, It’s Not A Chevelle; It’s A Beaumont” – What I’d Like To Take To A Car Show

posted at the Cohort by nifticus

A 1960s Chevelle coupe is one the most recognizable “classic” cars. Everyone knows a Chevelle; or they think they do. It would be fun to take this 1967 Beaumont Sports Coupe to the kind of car show or cruise where Chevelles are likely to congregate, and mess with a few heads. Yes, the rear end is a bit different, looking very much like a (future) ’69 Belvedere and not unlike a cross between a ’66 Tempest and a ’67 AMC Rebel, but then how many guys who were born after 1970 or so are going to notice those taillights? Well, CC readers, of course.

I can just see the responses: A Beaumont? WTF is that? Are they cloning Chevelles in China now?”

There it is, spelled out in capital letters. We’ve done quite a few of these alter-universe Canadian cars (links below), but just a quick summary: The Beaumont’s origins are in the Acadian, a Canadian-market Chevy II sold there by Pontiac-Buick dealers. In 1964, the Chevelle-based Acadian Beaumont arrived, and to reduce confusion, in 1966 it no longer shared a name with the Chevy II based Acadian; now it was just Beaumont. Both of these were considered standalone marques, confusing matters more, as they were not the typical “Cheviac”, a Pontiac body (and names) with a Chevy frame, chassis and powertrains.

So why use a Chevelle body instead of a Tempest? Because the relatively low volumes in Canada didn’t justify the tooling to do so. So in Canada you had a choice of a real Chevelle or a mildly disguised one at your local Pontiac-Buick dealer.

Yet there’s clearly some Pontiac genes inside, where a Tempest/LeMans/GTO dashboard makes itself very obvious. Yet the seats, trim, console and shifter are from a Chevelle. Given that the Chevelle’s tach is on the console and the GTO’s on the dash, does this Beaumont Sport Coupe have both? Inquiring minds want to know.

As to what’s under the hood, it is something by Chevrolet, but what exactly is not readily known due to the lack of callouts. It’s not a 396, as that got its own SD396 identification, so it could be anything from the 230 or 250 six to the 283 or 327 V8s, the latter in 275 hp trim. The optional “Sports Option/SD” was the equivalent to a typical US SS package, meaning a wide range of engines. Given the dual exhausts, we can be pretty sure it’s one of the V8s.

According to Wikipedia, even the classic Chevy Rally Wheels on these Beaumonts differ slightly. If you say so…


Related CC reading:

Automotive History: The Cars of Canada, Part 1 – An Overview of Canadian Car History, Brands and Models

Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: 1963 Acadian Beaumont – My First Introduction to Mutant Chevys

Cohort Outtake: 1968 Beaumont – SD396? Maybe, But With the Wrong Badging

Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: 1963 Acadian Beaumont – My First Introduction to Mutant Chevys

1966-67 Chevrolet Malibu Super Sport and Other Canadian Chevelles