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1970 American Pontiac sales brochure....printed in Canada by GM of Canada......strange..?


I was on ebay the other day and came across a 1970 Pontiac brochure for sale with a title that said:

"1970 Pontiac Grand Prix Bonneville Executive Catalina Canadian Sales Brochure"

I thought to myself, this guy has this wrong,these models are American Pontiacs not Canadian,

So I sent him a note telling him the differences of the Pontiacs, especially the model names in Canada.

He wrote back saying the brochure was printed in Canada, so they must be Canadian cars.

Couldn't convince him...I said that might be because of "free trade" they can print in Canada.

But when I did some researching on that brochure, I found that not only was it printed in Canada,

it had the GM of Canada Identification at the bottom of the Specifications page......

I can see why he thinks he's right.......how and why did GM Canada get their name on this brochure? Seems out of place.

 

See what I'm talking about at the bottom of this definitely American Pontiac specification page

http://www.oldcarbrochures.com/static/Canada/Pontiac/1970%20Pontiac%20Full%20Size%20Prestige%20Brochure/image20.html



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From what I understand in 1970 and on it was easier to get American Pontiac's in Canada. I think a lot of the tariffs were dropped. It was probably just cheaper for GM of Canada to print the same brochure as the US one in Canada.

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I think it was even 69. When I was a kid pumping gas I had a customer with a red 69 GTO rag, beautiful car. I'm pretty sure he bought it new in Winnipeg.

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1970 was the first year you could buy both Canadian and American Pontiacs at the same time in Canada. 69 was the first year for the GTO in big numbers in Canada.



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StriperSS wrote:

1970 was the first year you could buy both Canadian and American Pontiacs at the same time in Canada. 69 was the first year for the GTO in big numbers in Canada.


 ^ This.



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I'm confused. If 70 was the first year, why was GTO big in Canada in 69? Does that mean the dealers had to do something special still to get a 69 GTO? He couldn't just order it?

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We have had this discussion before... 1970 was the first year Catalina's were built in Canada, at the Ste. Therese plant in PQ. They're the same as US built Catalina's and with the American engines... this one is mine.. yes, they do create confusion! (lol)

 

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Ok, that helps the B body part but why were GTO's so plentiful in Canada in 1969?

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with the signing of the Auto Pack ; I believe in '67 the import taxes pretty much became  history. This allowed the easier importation of the US models.  Because of the desirability of the GTO they most likely were  the first ones to benifit from this. By 68-69 the local dealers were stocking GTO's. I recall walking the  Sinclair Pontiac (London) lot on a Sunday morning and them having a convertible in the show room and 6  GTO's more on the lot.

In fact I seem to have seen on this site that more GTO's were sold in Canada in 1969 than Beaumonts ?

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In my neighborhood growing up two neighbours had these American Models as did we. The 1969 GT0 and 1970 Bonneville both purchased from Hogan Pontiac Buick on the Danforth in Toronto. As said 69 was first year GTO was offered mainstream then in 1970 the other US nameplates came on. My Dad bought a 1970 Tempest, as a frugal accountant with the 265 HP Blue block 350 built in Oshawa no less, also from Hogan. When I saw Mr. Guilfoile's Harvest Gold Bonneville with the 455 fender flashes and throbbing dual exhausts I fell in love and vowed to own a Bonneville one day ( I was 12 at the time). I finally did in 1992, one of my nicest car.



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