Curbside Classic: Acadian Canso Sport – Long Way From Home

Somewhere in migration this Acadian lost its flock and ended way down south, all the way to Central America. Granted, Acadians didn’t “migrate”, as they were assembled in Canada in order to comply with the APTA pact. Still, one surviving example of the unfamiliar brand has found its way this far south.

My sighting played out like those of most Acadians: from the distance “Looks like a pretty well preserved Chevy II”, and then as one gets close, its odd provenance is revealed. This unlikely find occurred about three years ago, and good thing I was a CC reader by then. As soon as I reached home I went through the site’s posts to get the lowdown on this unusual offering.

I believe this particular year and trim hasn’t made it to CC’s pages. That’s the nice thing from old-gone Detroit, endless trim variations that kept stylists busy and buyers in perpetual wondering as to what iteration they wished to purchase next. Thanks to that, multiple posts can be made on something like ’64 Polaras. Try doing that with ’98 Malibus.

From the look of things, stylists placed more effort on this Canso Sport than in other Acadians. The aggressive nose almost works in making more dynamic the homely Chevy II lines. Regrettably, not much effort was placed on that plain back end. Talking about trim, some is missing on this Acadian, but it’s pretty intact otherwise. Metal is straight, no major dents, and the beige interior was in rather remarkable condition (sorry, no shots, there just was too much reflection).

Sunfire Asüna, from the Cohort by canadiancatgreen.

One could argue experiments like the out of necessity Acadian make, turned Canada into ground zero for GM’s badge-engineering make-on-the-fly brand efforts. The short Acadian tryout done, few decades later, GM’s captive-imports would be duking it out senselessly among themselves under the assortment of Asüna, Passport and Geo brands/dealers. Those Canadian GM marketing heads just had too much free time to hang around the cooler fountain.

So, how did our Canso reach Central America? Apparently it arrived to Costa Rica first, a windshield sticker attests to it belonging to that country’s Classic Car Club. I can only assume a nature-loving retired Canadian crated it along the rest of family possessions as he moved to tourists’ favorite Costa Rica. Later on, some local went through the trouble to register it in El Salvador (no small feat).

The car was on sale when I took these photos, just as it had been on my earlier sighting. Not many Acadian fans on these latitudes it seems. Should there be any takers up north, phone number is legible on the back window. It would be interesting to see if this Acadian can complete the journey home.

More on Acadians and Canadian brands:

1963 Acadian Canso Sport – My First Introduction To Mutant Chevys

1965 Acadian Canso Sport DeLuxe

Outtake: Why it’s an Acadian Canso Sport and Some Other Cheviacs

Passport to Badge Engineering Hell – By David Saunders