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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old Apr 6th, 06, 8:47 AM Thread Starter
 
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Chevelle Beaumont???

What is the difference between a Chevelle Malibu and a Chevelle Beaumont?
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Here is an address you can try which will give you history and you can probably find some pictures. www.classiccanadianbeaumonts.com/kars.htm

In brief, the Beaumont was built and distributed in Canada, and can be described as a "sister" car to the Chevelle. It began life resembling the Chevy II model but increased in size to parallel Chevelle, with 1969 as the last model. All major body panels are the same as Chevelle, with minor differences at the front end to accomodate the Pontiac traditional split grill effect. Tail light assembles and quarter extensions are also slightly different. Badging and trim are different. It was available in models ranging from the economical to the SD 396, SD standing for Sport Deluxe, but likely trading on the "Super Duty" tradition of racing Pontiacs of the early '60's. The 396 SD convertible has begun to see some recognition concerning collectible status.
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The difference is a Beaumont is not a chevelle. It is a Pontiac. Only in Canada eh!!! Check the pic link in my signature for a 65 Beaumont

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call GM Vintage Vehicle Services in Canada and get it documented, I had to do it, heh heh heh
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call GM Vintage Vehicle Services in Canada and get it documented, I had to do it, heh heh heh
Good plug George

By the way, they are not Pontiacs. However, they were distributed through Pontiac dealerships. They had some Pontiac styling, but you will not find the term "Pontiac" on the car anywhere or in any of the appropriate literature.


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Good plug George

By the way, they are not Pontiacs. However, they were distributed through Pontiac dealerships. They had some Pontiac styling, but you will not find the term "Pontiac" on the car anywhere or in any of the appropriate literature.
Thats interesting. You are right about not having "pontiac" on the car. Mine does have the pontiac arrowhead on the steering wheel center trim.

Is an Acadian not a Pontiac?

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Interesting. Doing a Goggle search on "Pontiac Acadian" turns up links on Chevy II/Nova-types; "Pontiac Beaumont" turns up links on Chevelle-types. Whenever Chevelle is mentioned it's either with a slash or dash, Beaumont/Chevelle or Beaumont-Chevelle and usually only then by parts dealers where the part will fit either.

There's a dealer shop manual (item #8054020777) on eBay that clearly shows 1968 Pontiac Acadian Beaumont wording on the cover; another #8054022203 showing 1969 Pontiac - Acadian Beaumont wording

Hmmm...I'm thinking the Acadian is made by Pontiac Division of GM of Canada. I know they have "Chevrolet" engines but then again, so did Buicks and Oldsmobiles in the U.S. for a few years.

By the way Jerry, nice looking ride! Have any front or rear 3/4 views? From the side it's difficult to tell it's not a 65 Chevelle.

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Interesting. Doing a Goggle search on "Pontiac Acadian" turns up links on Chevy II/Nova-types; "Pontiac Beaumont" turns up links on Chevelle-types. Whenever Chevelle is mentioned it's either with a slash or dash, Beaumont/Chevelle or Beaumont-Chevelle and usually only then by parts dealers where the part will fit either.

There's a dealer shop manual (item #8054020777) on eBay that clearly shows 1968 Pontiac Acadian Beaumont wording on the cover; another #8054022203 showing 1969 Pontiac - Acadian Beaumont wording

Hmmm...I'm thinking the Acadian is made by Pontiac Division of GM of Canada. I know they have "Chevrolet" engines but then again, so did Buicks and Oldsmobiles in the U.S. for a few years.

By the way Jerry, nice looking ride! Have any front or rear 3/4 views? From the side it's difficult to tell it's not a 65 Chevelle.
Yes, this Pontiac thing has me puzzled now. Just shows how much I know lol

Dale, I have some more pictures but seem to have problems putting them in the showroom, too large i think. I am going to take some more recent pics soon and see if I can get them to the showroom

OK somehow I managed to do it. This was taken just after I finished putting it back together. Notice the crooked front bumper lol
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An interior shot from the same time. And I was wrong again, my steering wheel does not have the Pontiac arrowhead, sheesh. Honest guys, I do own this car

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Looking good! Since Don mentioned that they don't say "Pontiac" on them anywhere I'm wondering if they say "Chevrolet" anywhere like Chevelles do?

FWIW, there are several free photo resizers on the Internet like http://www.softaward.com/download8074.html - quick/easy/free

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didn't the beaumonts have pontiac engines? seems like i rememember when i was in basic at ft leonard wood in 1967 one of the soldiers had a 66 and it had a pontiac engine.
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didn't the beaumonts have pontiac engines? seems like i rememember when i was in basic at ft leonard wood in 1967 one of the soldiers had a 66 and it had a pontiac engine.
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This is good stuff. Here is the Ebay item Dale is referring to.

I'm going to try and put my take on this which by no means is a result of any specific knowledge of the circumstances, just an opinion. It's good the shop manual Dale refers to is for 1968.

Now, if I am correct, in 1968 the only Pontiacs built by GM of Canada were full size. GTO's did not get built in Canada until 1969. I also do not think any Grand Prix' were built in Canada during the 60's.

Since the Acadians and Beaumonts were marketed through Pontiac Dealerships, it stands to reason the service publications would be condensed into one manual for ease of distribution and reference (no need for a separate book on each car). I would further assume this 1968 manual would have information and illustrations distinguished between the three cars. Very similar to my 69 Chev Chassis Service Manual with different breakdowns and illustrations for Chevrolet, Chevelle, Nova, Camaro and Corvette. This same publication for 1969 might include Pontiac, Acadian, Beaumont and GTO for example.

In regard to other normal literature, I don't believe I've ever seen an Owners Manual or Sales Brochure for an Acadian or Beaumont that has Pontiac mentioned in it. My memory may not be accruate on this one.

I think that 1968 manual needs to be read like this - "Pontiac and Acadian and Beaumont". Not to be read in this manner - "Pontiac Acadian, Pontiac Beaumont". Understand what I am trying to say? Am I making any sense?


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Don, Now that you mention it, my chassis manual has Pontiac, Acadian and Acadian Beaumont on it. All 3 are covered. I am going to check tonight because I have been wrong before. Like about 20 minutes ago

I just looked at the ebay link for the 68, same as mine.

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Now, if I am correct, in 1968 the only Pontiacs built by GM of Canada were full size. GTO's did not get built in Canada until 1969. I also do not think any Grand Prix' were built in Canada during the 60's.

Since the Acadians and Beaumonts were marketed through Pontiac Dealerships, it stands to reason the service publications would be condensed into one manual for ease of distribution and reference (no need for a separate book on each car). I would further assume this 1968 manual would have information and illustrations distinguished between the three cars. Very similar to my 69 Chev Chassis Service Manual with different breakdowns and illustrations for Chevrolet, Chevelle, Nova, Camaro and Corvette. This same publication for 1969 might include Pontiac, Acadian, Beaumont and GTO for example.

In regard to other normal literature, I don't believe I've ever seen an Owners Manual or Sales Brochure for an Acadian or Beaumont that has Pontiac mentioned in it. My memory may not be accruate on this one.

I think that 1968 manual needs to be read like this - "Pontiac and Acadian and Beaumont". Not to be read in this manner - "Pontiac Acadian, Pontiac Beaumont". Understand what I am trying to say? Am I making any sense?
I have to concure with Don. The Pontiac dealers in Canada (Pontiac-Buick and also usually Cadillac) carried the Pontiac, plus Beaumont & Acadian car lines. The connection of the latter two to Pontiac was always implied, never stated. The Beaumont was a top of the line Acadian based on the Chevy II in '62-'63, but for '64 & '65 there were Acadians (Chevy II-based) and Acadian Beaumonts (Chevelle-based). The Acadians & Beaumonts used a stylized 'A' for a nameplate through '65. For '66-on there were Acadians (Chevy II & later Nova into '71), and there were Beaumonts (no longer Acadian Beaumonts) which lasted into '69 but not all the way through. The Beaumonts from '66 to the end now used a Pontiac arrowhead emblem but with a pair of maple leaves superimposed (technically not the actual Pontiac emblem). If you get your car documented through GM Canada even they refer to it as a Pontiac Beaumont, which is NOT the way it was referred to back in the day.

At GM each division is given a number. Chevrolet is 1, Pontiac 2, Oldsmobile 3, Buick 4, etc. The Canadian Pontiacs (full sized Strato Chiefs, Laurentians, Parisiennes, Parisienne Custom Sports (later called 2+2), Grande Parisiennes) were given the division number 7. Curiously both the Acadians and the Beaumonts were also given the division number 7. So what am I saying? I guess they lumped all the Chevy-Pontiacs hybrids together, but they called each car line either Pontiac, Beaumont, or Acadian and sold them all at Pontiac dealers. Weirder things have happened in the past in Canada; like the original Plymouth Valiant was called the Chrysler Valiant and was sold at both Dodge and Plymouth dealers in Canada, followed by both Darts and Valiants being sold side by side simultaneously at Plymouth dealerships and BOTH being called Valiants (a V100 Valiant was a Valiant while a V200 Valiant was a Dart). Some years the Valiant was a Valiant for the front half and a Dart for the rear.

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