1956 Pontiac Pathfinder Station Wagon

Lower-end models like the Pathfinder Station Wagon seem to betray their Chevrolet origins with their general lack of trim.

1958 Pontiac Laurentian Wagon

A 1958 Pontiac Laurentian Wagon.

1958 Pontiac Parisienne Convertible

A 1958 Pontiac Parisienne Convertible.

1958 Pontiac Strato-Chief

1958 saw a new lower price model that would eventually replace the Pathfinder—the Strato-Chief (not to be confused with the Star-Chief).

1958 Pontiac Laurentian Sport Coupe and Sedan

1958 Pontiac Laurentian Sport Coupe and Sedan.

1959 Pontiac Parisienne Convertible and Safari

1959 Pontiac Parisienne Convertible and Safari.

But another issue was beginning to arise. Being part of the British Commonwealth, some British brands were also available in Canada and not the US. These smaller European cars, in combination with the successful arrival of the VW Beetle in 1958, also began to create a different automotive atmosphere in Canada in the ’50s. Where the US brands were striving to be bigger every year, Canadians continually showed an affinity for smaller cars. To combat Canadians buying cars that traveled across the ocean, American companies increasingly began to prepare more unique, smaller options for Canadians for the 1960s.

I’ll talk about this more next time, as we look into the Canadian cars of the swinging ’60s, and how the APTA (the international trade agreement) affected the market for cars made uniquely for Canadians.

[Read the following article, here: Canada’s Unique Autoscape, Part 2]

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