Beaumont

Back after the American muscle-car age was in its late-period flower, American manufactures were hampered in how they may sell new cars around the boundary to Canada or Mexico. Before 1965, the Auto Pact (APTA) provided loads of motives regarding why a MI constructed Chevy couldn't be sold in Ontario. To go around these stipulations GM created versions of these vehicles for the Canadian marketplace in Canada under various brands. It ended up being a business name was basically a Pontiac virtues and Chevy. What began as a title built around just one auto grew from being a Nova clone. The Arcadia might be called a Nova with Pontiac styling. Its symbol was the Pontiac arrow using a maple leaf to indicate its dual tradition from either side of Lake Ontario. After 1965 the line expanded to add a fresh design whose name was a characteristic variety before on affluent Arcadians called Beaumont.
 
The 1966 GM Beaumont will be dependent upon the American Chevy Chevelle. Consider Pontiac muscle with Buick sophistication and you've just about summed up the Beaumont. They were even offered at a number of Buick/Pontiac dealers, generally in "Custom" or "Deluxe" trims. The variety closely followed the Chevelle because there have been sedans, coupes plus a station-wagon. Of the coupes there is a convertible and hardtop, commonly seen with the optional vinyl top. They're apparently uncommon considering that a large part of the Beaumont body types were assembled as hardtop coupes. 
 
It's also interesting to learn how General Motors advertised this car in sharp contrast to the Chevelle and LeMans if all of them shared components and appeared so similar. For example the Beaumont included the complete line of engine choices you can get commonly on the Chevelle. That included 396 V8 to the 350 hp big-block. While Chevy called theirs the "Turbo Jet", Beaumonts were labeled "Econo-Jet" as when the Frenchspeaking areas of Canada were enough reason to choose the high road in advertising to Canada. Actually all of the motor choices of the Beaumont began using the word "Econo". Based how frugal you're, your Econo was whether "Fire" for six-cylinders or " Jet" for the 8's. The sole concession to tire burning flash might be viewed in the hood in the shape of the protruding tach in the SD396 or the occasional racing stripe.
 
1968 GM Beaumont SD396 Inside
The components sharing continued in with a dashboard in the Pontiac Tempest/Lemans/GTO. The remainder was typical GM with new design push-button seat-belts on slender bucket seats. By picking the Sport Alternative, Beaumont purchasers could graduate from the column mounted shifter into a bright-looking complete center console. A four speed automatic transmission was highlighted by the console. 3 or 4 speed manuals were extended in versions. The rear-wheel driven Beaumont seemed like other body on frame A-body auto underneath. It featured a complete coil suspension (independent with stabilizer bar in-front) and discretionary power front disc brakes. A suspension with a Positronic back axle was likewise designed for V8-equipped models.
 
Canada wasn't the sole market to possess the Beaumont. The Beaumont signifies one of the more lowkey minutes in GM's muscle-car history that regrettably few folks could possibly see in person because of the rarity of road-worthy illustrations.
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