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July 2013 Feature Car


 You are all in for a real treat this month. Bob and Carol Crocker's 1966 Pontiac Parisienne Custom Sport has to be one of (if not THE) nicest unrestored examples in existence! I had the pleasure of viewing this car in person a few weeks ago and I have to say I was blown away by it's condition. It felt like I was looking at this car in 1967, not 2013! The original paint, chrome and interior are remarkable. Once you read Bob's account on how he found this car (and the fact news of the availability of the Custom Sport came to Bob via Florida!) you will come to the same conclusion I did. Bob was meant to own this Parisienne!

 

"The history of this car started out on May 13th 1966, the GM Oshawa plant build date. Then on Sept. 20th, 1966 the original owners took delivery of their 1966 Pontiac Parisienne Custom Sport Coupe, in a tu-tone paint combo of Candlelight Cream lower and Cameo Ivory top. Interior is black vinyl bucket seats with a floor console. It was sold thru Sudbury Motors Limited when back in 1966 they were a Pontiac, Buick, Cadillac, GMC truck dealer. Bill of sale for car shows total price including 5% PST to be $3537.45. As we have the fleet price sheets for 1966 Pontiac's and the General Motors Vintage Service options sheet, we decided to cost out the car comparing what the original owner paid. It turned out that he received a discount of $776, likely since there was no trade in and the car had been in inventory for about five months (the 1967 models were arriving soon!). The full retail price including PST should have been $4313.45!

The car was never driven in the winter. The original owners had another vehicle that was their principal driver, so the Parisienne was only used for special occasions. It was owned for 40 years and when the original owner turned eighty, it was sold to a friend who had just turned sixty, had taken an early retirement and needed a hobby! Previously many folks had approached the original owners about purchasing the Parisienne but were always turned away. The story goes that the original owners had “baby sat” the second owner and had promised him the car after he retired.

Well, retirement time came on April 27th, 2006 and the car was sold with only 36549 original miles. The car needed nothing however since the new owner was a retired mechanic he decided to go over the mechanics and restore any areas that needed attention. He took the heads off the 283 and had the valve seats hardened for unleaded gas. At the same time he replaced the valves, lifters etc.

 He enjoyed the car during the summers, going to the local car shows , cruise nights etc. Unfortunately in early 2012 he was diagnosed with cancer and the car sat for most of that summer. When it was used it was the owner's best friend who did the driving. . The second owner passed away October 2012.

 

The second owner's wife asked his best friend if he could help her in selling the Parisienne, as there were no family members who wanted it. He agreed and placed the car in climate controlled storage. He had planned to advertise the car in the spring when he returned from wintering in Florida. While in Florida he mentioned this car to a couple of folks at the park. Those folks are our next door neighbors! Once they had details and photos of the car they emailed me and asked if I had any interest. Since we were content with our 1958 Parisienne (Ed Note:Bob's '58 Parisienne was featured Feb 2011 and can be viewed HERE) and not really sure we could maintain two collector cars we showed little interest. However when 2nd owners friend returned to Ontario over Christmas we decided to call him to find out more about the car. He was kind enough to send us more photos and told us the history of the car. We thought it over and decided to make an offer with the condition that it be certified and either we saw the car in person or an agent we authorized could inspect the car. Our offer was accepted on those terms.

Close to the time the car was coming out of storage we hired a 25 year veteran classic car appraiser out of Sudbury to inspect the car. He did a full inspection emailing us 100 detailed photos and followed up with an extensive phone conversation outlining every detail about the car. He ended by saying “Bob and Carol, you really should buy this car because it will be a long time before you find another one this nice!”. With that funds were quickly transferred to my wife's account. Ross Wood was contacted to deliver the car in his new enclosed trailer. Before we knew it the car was in our garage, right beside the '58!

 

 

Mileage on the car is 44106. It is a true survivor with 100% original paint, chrome and interior. It has never had any body work. Under our care the Parisienne will lead a pampered life, just as it has for the last 47 years!

Bob and Carol Crocker"



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Beautiful and amazing "new" car! This car will always look new as long as meticulous owners (like Bob and Carol)biggrin have it in their possession. I wish their were more examples like this around!

 



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Wonderful Story, Wonderful Car.

Bob & Carol must be Very Special People, Congratulations.

GP



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A great reference car for the rest of us!  Totally correct as far as I can see excpet for the 1967 cigarette lighter knob. i think i have a spare one from 66 he could have, if he wants it.

 



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38 Willys pickup electric

39 Buick (327 with 700 r4)

66 Grande Parisienne 396 with AC (built October 26 1965)

66 Beaumont 4 door hardtop

69 Chevy CST pickup

1976 GMC 23'  motorhome



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My favorite feature car to date. Great story. Two tone paint not so comon I would think.



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Love this car and the story.

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Both still require a lot of work.


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Wonderful story and a very special car !


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Beautiful car!

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Wow is all I can say. It sure sounds like the right couple were able to get this car. Very happy for you and congrats on car of the month.

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What a time capsule......

That car is gorgeous. Of course, I have a thing for a 66 B body Canadian Poncho.

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She's a beauty!!!!



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There are not enough superlatives to describe this car. I see it has the Crocker fleet  "RBC" plate with year.



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What a great car! A gold standard car for this model and year of Canadian Pontiac.



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'64 Parisienne CS "barn find" - last on the road in '86 ... Owner Protection Plan booklet, original paint, original near-mint aqua interior, original aqua GM floor mats, original 283, factory posi, and original rust.



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hey that is some nice car. right up my alley. now all hes got to do is cut the roof off and make it a convertible. I never seen a 2 tone paint job on a 66 I think the color would be lemonwood yeelow



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Wow what a beauty and a survivor too!

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Wow! What a beauty indeed. Enjoy it for many many years!



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Damn! Wish my 66 was this nice!

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What a lucky car to have had such great owners! The story is awesome.

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Great story, one with a happy ending. The 66 front end is one of Pontiac's greatest designs. Congratulations Bob and Carol.
Brian

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I just had the opportunity to see this car in person today at the Canada Day car show and it is spectacular! And as always Bob is a good guy to talk to.

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Stunner, super nice car!



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I agree, not a nicer example. One thing that is hard for me to wonder; why would a car in desirable colour combo & options sit on the dealers lot  for 5 months and during the peak selling season ??

Dale @ NOS



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My kind of car. Very special indeed.

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Very Cool! Like it was in a time capsule. All it would need is the new car smell.



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Well when you open the door there is the original upholstery smell!  It is truly amazing that after 47 years that the wonderful new car smell still greets you!  You are correct in your statement of like being in a time capsule! Bob.



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