Cohort Pic(k) of the Day: 1962 Pontiac Parisienne – A Canadian In Nelson

Robadr found this Pontiac Parisienne in Nelson, B.C. sitting in front of what is probably the former Customs and Inland Revenue building. That’s fitting, as of course these Canadian Pontiacs, sitting on a Chevy chassis and using Chevy drive trains, were of course built in Canada to avoid the rather stiff import tariffs at the time.

This one is sporting a V8 badge, which means the Chevy 283. David Saunder’s ’61 had the Chevy 261 six; I’m not sure offhand what the last year for the six was.

Update: here’s the drive train page from the ’62 Canadian Pontiac brochure. The six was still available and the 327 was also optional.

The ’62 has to be the weakest of the early-mid ’60s Pontiacs. It’s ok, but it just doesn’t turn my crank. What a big change that was in 1963.


Automatic transmission, meaning Powerglide. But then that might be a good thing, as the American Catalina used the weak Roto-Flow Hydramatic.


The ’62 Pontiac front end is so similar to the one that was intended to be used on the ’60 Comet, when it was still going to be an Edsel. Well, not exactly a dead ringer, but the same general idea.


Plenty of back seat leg room. The driver must be short.

I can’t quite make out the city on that dealer sticker. It’s on Fort Street, but that’s all I can see.