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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Jan 5th, 18, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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seen wikiwand article on Beaumonts??

Beaumont (automobile) - Wikiwand
this was an interesting read

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Jan 5th, 18, 12:57 AM
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Re: seen wikiwand article on Beaumonts??

Overall I'd say the article is pretty accurate.
I don't agree though that the American makes were "prohibited"; rather the tariffs made the U.S. cars a lot more expensive and therefor unattractive to buyers. Tempests & F85s were sold in Canada but before the Auto Pact of 1965 (that was phased in over a few month or years) sales were flat. Canadian living standards were generally a bit lower than in the U.S. and also Canadians were very price-conscious. A car that cost 20% more after tariffs than an in-house equivalent obviously would be a tough sell. With a population 1/10th of the U.S., production was also correspondingly lower. Without the huge economies of scale that made GM unassailable back in the 1960s and able to offer such diverse and innovative products, the Beaumont was twinned with the Chevelle in order to get the economies of scale up. Tooling is expensive and production has to reach a certain level before it becomes profitable, hence the sharing of nearly all body panels. Then there was the dealer network in Canada, pairing Chevrolet & Oldsmobile plus the British-built Envoy (a thinly disguised Vauxhall) at one dealership, while across town they paired Pontiac & Buick, GMC & often Cadillac along with Vauxhall. Chevrolet & Pontiac in Canada competed within the respective dealership hierarchy as the value divisions and generally offered competing models in the same market segments (i.e. Chevrolet Biscayne vs. Pontiac Strato Chief). While Opel was sold in the U.S. as a captive import sold at Buick dealers, in Canada Opels were largely unknown except for later GT & Manta models. Remember that Canada was still a British commonwealth at that time until the early 1980s. British cars were more common per capita in Canada than in the U.S.
U.S. cars were brought in and buyers of such cars as Cadillac & Buick Electra were willing to pay the tariffs & premium, while buyers wanting something cheap like a 4-cylinder Tempest were not. Enter the Acadian.
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Re: seen wikiwand article on Beaumonts??

Very interesting. I recently learned that the (front) fenders of the `68 Beau were actually (slightly) different than the fenders on the Chevelle (due to the headlamp surround moldings). Additionally, the backing plates for the Quarter Panel Extensions were different on the '68 Beaumonts.
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