Cohort Sighting: 1973 Pontiac Parisienne Brougham – As Seen From Its Worst Angle

After reveling in that glorious ’61 Impala coupe this morning, starting with its delightful and graceful front end, seeing this ’73 Canadian Pontiac posted at the Cohort by canadiancatgreen was a painful come-down. This front end came from the same Bill Mitchell styling studios? Yes, the new ’73 bumper regulations were overkill, but couldn’t it have been done just a wee bit more gracefully? This looks like a “safety car concept” commissioned by NHTSA. How depressing, especially in that color, which looks too much like rust.

The rear is a bit better. I remember how depressing it was in the fall of 1972, when these bumper-buggies all appeared, except for those ones that got an exemption for one year.