Originally Posted by Don_lightfoot
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.