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June 2018 Feature Car


Our June feature car is owned by a fellow I've known for several years. While David Saint-Pierre usually owned "Forward Look" era Mopars (1957-61) this 1959 Pontiac Parisienne caught his eye and I think it's safe to say he is hooked on this Poncho. Rescued from years of poor storage, Dave put quite a bit of elbow grease into this Pontiac to make it the stunning driver that it is today. Many of you followed his thread which starts at when he bought the car and it was evident he didn't waste any time getting her on the road. For those of you who missed his thread, Dave is more than happy to tell us again how he found this car and what started his love affair with this "Belle FIlle":

After numerous other fifties cars, most of them thoroughly restored, I thought I was done with the hobby for a while, but it was not too long that I started lurking for the next project.. I have always loved 1959 Pontiacs ever since I saw a two door sedan Laurentian in my home town when I was a kid. So when I saw this one for sale on Facebook, I had to at least make the drive to see it.

The ad was poor, bad photos, almost no description and outrageous price. Still, I figured a 59 Parisienne two door hardtop survivor was worth the trip. And it was!

 

 

I went to see the car with a friend between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, it was -30 degrees!.. I quickly figured out that the car had some rot but was worth saving. I negotiated the price, gave a deposit and drove back home pretty stoked. We went back to pick up the car on January 2 2018 and brought it back to life over the next four months.

 Seeing how this car was mostly original and well preserved, the whole idea was to keep as much of it original as possible while getting the mechanicals and electrics working safe and reliable.

 

 I had to have the floors patched in a couple of places, the worst part being the right side of the trunk.

 

 The poor thing was originally a six in line car, but the motor was blown by the former owner and he took it apart carelessly, so the car was sold without an engine. As much as I am a purist and I like original cars, I thought this was a perfect candidate for a V8 upgrade. So I located a rebuilt 283 with an aluminium PowerGlide and this was the deciding factor in buying the Pontiac.


 

After the 283 was installed in the car, I made sure it looked like it came out that way from the factory. The brakes, radiator, gas tank, and suspension were gone over and redone. I had a lot of little electrical bugs to sort out mostly due to the car having been forgotten in a canvas garage for at least 9 years.

 

 

 I am super happy with this car, and love the fact that it’s a very good cruiser, but with the original patina looks!.. This looks like  it will be a keeper!

 

 



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Now that is style!  Love the grille on that year especially.  That was pretty much the first year of the divided grille concept that worked so well for Pontiac for so many years.



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beautiful car,i have a 59 stationwagon that is on my someday list to get to.

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Beautiful 59, one of my favourite years too.

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Nicely original Dave,

Excellent choice for top of the page and good car choice to  resurrect.

Brings back lots of childhood memories when there were many 59's on the road.

-G

 



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Rolling sculpture.



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What a magnificent specimen. Thanks for bringing this car back. Well worthy of top of the page.

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A real stunner. My Uncle had a Laurentian in coral with white roof, he even painted his Christmas tree pink with all white ornaments the year he got the car, as I recall it was 1961 and we had a new 61 Strato Chief. Those fins and tail lights have always been a favourite feature of mine. .

Great work in bringing this beauty back ti life in such short order.



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Topnotch CAR.......Topnotch FEATURE....

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What a beauty! A1 feature car choice!



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Glad you found it, bought it, and restored it to it's original beauty. Very nice 59. Congratulations.

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Fabulous! But I am biased...

 

Well done.

 

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Very elegant!



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Great feature car!  Been following this one since Todd first posted about it and it remains one of my favourite cars on this site!

Congrats on achieving feature car status, David.  Well deserved!



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Thanks a lot for all the good words, guys! I am very proud of having resurrected this car and to see it up there as a feature car is a great recognition!




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Beautiful all around, the interior, chrome, white walls, hats off! Would love to see it in person!



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Very nice car and fast work! One question, Ive never seen those front bumper guards before, was that a Canada only thing?

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Beautiful 59!! Love the whole car......but that interior knocks it out of the park!!!

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-- Edited by hawkeye5766 on Saturday 2nd of June 2018 12:30:28 AM

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North wrote:

Very nice car and fast work! One question, Ive never seen those front bumper guards before, was that a Canada only thing?


 

Those guards are actually 1958 Pontiac rear bumper guards. According to the former owner, and seeing how they are intalled, they have always been there. Must have been a dealer installation back in the day. I decided to leave them there as they are part of the history of this particular car.



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hawkeye5766 wrote:


Beautiful 59!! Love the whole car......but that interior knocks it out of the park!!!

 


-- Edited by hawkeye5766 on Saturday 2nd of June 2018 12:30:28 AM


 Thanks a bunch!

 

Unfortunately, neglect by the former owner has paid its toll on the seats especially, but I will keep them as they are for as long as it is possible.

 

Some of the stuff inside I had to change, as they were just too far gone. As an example, heres a before and after of the driver side armrest:

 

 

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What a stunning feature car. It has been years since I have seen one. What a save!

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That car is an absolute knockout, the style, the colour, and what a great story too.

It's hard to not just sit and stare at it!

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Exellent well built enjoy your month on top of the mountain 



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What a beauty! Love every thing about it, especially the rear window. Makes for some great visibility.

Great to see another beauty at the top of the page to admirer for the next month.

Luppy



-- Edited by luppy on Sunday 3rd of June 2018 07:24:23 PM

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I never get tired of looking at this beauty. One of my favourite cars of all time. Continued good luck with her and thanks for making that beauty a feature car. 



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