Pontiac brought some of the most iconic vehicles in the market, from classic sports cars and convertibles to modern coupes and sedans. With each Pontiac comes the unique signature look, with a stylish grille or delicately designed front end. For many years, the carmaker had been known for its mainstream performance vehicles. One of its older models that lived long through different decades is the Pontiac Parisienne, a full-size rear-wheel drive vehicle. The Parisienne was sold in Canada from 1959 to 1986 and was available in the US from 1983 to 1986. Each generation of the Parisienne brought new looks and design throughout the years. Although this was later on discontinued in 1989, the Parisienne wagon lived through 1989 under the Safari nameplate.
1959-60: First generation Parisienne
The first generation Parisienne was introduced as a 1959 model and lasted through the 1960 model year. Based on the GM B platform, the earlier Parisiennes were available in various body styles: 2-door convertible, 2-door coupe, 4-door sedan, and 4-door station wagon. Engine variants included the following: 4.1L I6, 4.6L V8, 5.4L V8, 5.7L V8, 6.5L V8, 6.7L V8, and 7L V8. They were designed with 2-speed A/T, 3-speed A/T, 3-speed M/T, or 4-speed M/T.
1961–1964: Second generation Parisienne
The second generation Pontiac Parisienne was based on the B-body. For this generation, a 4-door hardtop was added to the available body styles. The same set of engine variants and transmission options were offered.
1965–1970: Third generation Parisienne
This generation initially came out as a 1965 model and lived through 1970. The same platform was used and options for the body style and transmission were the same. For the engine variants, a 4.1L I6 was dropped while a 7.4L V8 was added. Some of the comparable vehicles to the Parisienne were the Buick LeSabre, Chevrolet Bel Air, Chevrolet Caprice, Chevrolet Impala, and Pontiac Catalina/Laurentian.
1971–1976: Fourth generation Parisienne
For 1971, B and C bodies from GM became widely available. In the fourth generation of the Pontiac Parisienne, Chevrolet engines were replaced using the same engines in US market Pontiacs. In this generation, the 455 cubic-inch V8 became an option. The Grande Parisienne became basically the same vehicle as the US Grand Ville. The Bonneville and Catalina in the US were sold in Canada for the first time, along with the Laurentians and Parisiennes.
1977–1986: Fifth generation Parisienne
Bigger changes came in 1977 when full-size GM vehicles were downsized. The body of these vehicles became smaller but trim and squarish in shape. They’ve dropped a significant amount of weight. With smaller displacement engines, these vehicles had increased fuel efficiency.
The Pontiac Parisienne was available as a coupe, sedan, and wagon. It was popular both in the US and Canada. This Pontiac model was best known for its reliability and attractive looks. It received few styling updates through 1986, the final year of its production.