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30 July 2016

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Lot 132

1958 Pontiac Parisienne Convertible

  • Chassis no. 8786717966
  • Body no. 717614

Sold for $44,000


350 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, two-speed Powerglide automatic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension and live rear axle with coil-spring trailing arm suspension, front and rear sway bars, and four-wheel power-assisted drum brakes. Wheelbase: 117.5 in.

  • “The Canadian Bonneville”; one of only 759 made
  • Fully restored in beautiful colors; upgraded 350 V-8 crate engine
  • Extremely rare find in the United States


For many years, due to North American trade laws, General Motors produced distinctive models that were solely for the Canadian market. For instance, several variations of cars sold through Pontiac dealers “up north” outwardly resembled American Pontiacs but were, in fact, built on Chevrolet chassis, complete with “Bow Tie” powerplants; body panels were not shared until later years, as the bodies had to fit the shorter Chevy chassis and use Pontiac instrument panels. The names of these models, including Parisienne and Laurentian, were distinctively Canadian.

The Parisienne name was first used in 1958 as a special, top-of-the-line sub-series in the Laurentian line, mirroring the high-end Pontiac Bonneville sold in the United States. Sharing its all-new, one-year-only body shell with the Chevrolet, it featured a low-slung X-member chassis with all-coil suspension and a slightly longer wheelbase, as well as its buyer’s choice of high-powered engine under the hood.

Unlike American GM products of this era, Canadian cars are thoroughly documented by Vintage Vehicle Services of Oshawa. Thus, we know that 759 Parisienne convertibles were made in 1958, with this particular car having been built on 20 February 1958 and shipped four days later to its original selling dealer, Dickson Motors of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Having lived in the dry West for most of its life, the car then underwent a full restoration, according to the current owner. During the restoration, it was refinished in the year-correct color scheme of Rio Red and Arctic White, with a beautiful matching interior. Under the hood, a GM 350 V-8 crate engine was installed for modern reliability and highway power. Features and options include a Deluxe push-button radio with a rear seat speaker, a heater, a dashboard clock, full wheel covers, wide whitewall tires, and dual exhaust. A correct full-size spare is housed in the restored trunk. The owner reports that it has just completed a 500-mile road trip.

A wonderful choice for highway enjoyment this summer, this restored Parisienne offers all of the elegance of a 1958 Bel Air or Bonneville but with added exclusivity “south of the border.” It would look right at home carrying the kids to the local ice cream stand.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more