Cohort Outtake: Why It’s An Acadian Canso Sport, Obviously, Along With Some Other Cheviacs

Acadian Canso sport 1967

(first posted 9/16/2015)    When I was a kid, I stumbled into an Acadian in Iowa once, and I thought I was having some sort of mild seizure or epileptic attack. But…but…that’s…a Chevy II! Why does it have that strange split grille and all that weird badging? Acadian? Invader? Then I noticed the Canadian plates, and I eventually figured out that Canada does GM cars a bit differently. Here’s more proof of that.

Acadian Invader 1962

What I saw was one of these earlier Acadians; a ’62 or ’63 Invader. The Acadian was obviously a Chevy II badge-engineered so that Canada’s large Pontiac-Buick dealer group had a compact to sell, as the Tempest was off-limits, due to restrictions of the APTA agreements between the US and Canada. Since the Chevy II was made in canada (the Tempest wasn’t), the solution was…this.

And starting with 1964, the top of the line, analogous to the Nova, was called the Canso. And the Sport was obviously one half of the Super Sport; the better half. I don’t know if the Canadian Cansos got the same wide engine palette as the US Chevy II did, from the 153 four all the way to the 275hp 327.

Beaumont 1966 Sport

nifticus posted some other fine Canadian Pontiacs, so let’s take a quick gander. This is a 1966 Beaumont Sport Deluxe. When the 1964 Chevelle came along, the Baeumont name, which had been the top (Nova-equivalent) trim of the Acadian line, was split off and applied to the larger Chevelle-based line. By 1966, the Acadian name was gone, and Beaumont became its own brand, so to speak. This convertible is presumably analogous to the Chevelle Malibu SS (if it has buckets). Well, except that there was no “plain” ’66 Malibu SS, only the SS396. So it’s either on of those. Or something in between. Or something like that.

Pontiac 1968 Grand Parissienne 396

Speaking of 396s, this 1968 Pontiac Grand Parisienne sports a Chevy 396 under it long, beaked hood. Since “true” Canadian Pontiacs were based on Chevy underpinnings and drivetrains (“Cheviacs”), the 396 was what one got if one wanted something a bit punchier than a 307? Or SBC 350? Still not enough? The 427 was also available, And this Parisienne sat on a Chevy 119″ wb frame, not the 121″ US Catalinas had. Oh, those poor deprived Canadians.

Pontiac 1965 Parisienne Sport conv

But doesn’t this fine ’65 Parisienne Sport convertible look good just a wee bit shorter? The later Pontiac Rallye wheels and beefy tires sure help too. I’m not sure if the 396 was introduced in Canada as a mid-year change too, but the Chevy 409 would have been the beefiest engine on tap until the 396/427 appeared.

So are the 2″ of missing wheelbase at the front? That’s what it looks like to me. Which means Pontiac had to tool up a whole new front clip for all of the these Cheviacs.

Pontiac 1960 Laurentian

One last Cheviac: a 1960 Laurentian. In this case, the Chevy underpinnings make themselves more noticeable; or should I say less so, as these are lacking the distinctive US-Pontiac ‘Wide-Track’ stance.