1966 PONTIAC ACADIAN CANSO SPORT DELUXE 2 DOOR HARDTOP - 117370Sold* at Scottsdale 2012 - Lot #971 1966 PONTIAC ACADIAN CANSO SPORT DELUXE 2 DOOR HARDTOPhttps://cdn.barrett-jackson.com/staging/carlist/items/Fullsize/Cars/117370/117370_Front_3-4_Web.JPG
Lot #971 1966 PONTIAC ACADIAN CANSO SPORT DELUXE 2 DOOR HARDTOP
Lot #971 - Acadian was a make of automobile produced by General Motors of Canada from 1962 to 1971. The Acadian was introduced so that Canadian Pontiac-Buick dealers would have a compact model to sell in Canada. Plans originally called for the Acadian to be based on the Chevrolet Corvair, which was produced at GM's Oshawa plant, however the concept was moved to the Chevy II platform to be introduced for 1962. Initially, Acadians were re-trimmed Chevy IIs, offered as a base model. The car used Pontiac styling cues such as a split grille but was marketed as a separate make, never as a Pontiac. The name "Canso" was applied to the top-line compact model, equivalent of the Nova. During the muscle car craze in the late 1960s, Chevrolet offered the Super Sport models and in Canada, Acadian offered an equivalent model, the Sport Deluxe, or SD. The Acadian "Canso" Sport Deluxe, offered as a similar package equivalent to the Chevy II Super Sport, which included the same Strato-bucket seats, console, floor shift, along with unique SD trim and emblems. This particular General Motors Acadian has been the recipient of over 2,500 hours of meticulous concours nut & bolt Resto-Mod restoration. It has spent its recent restored life in a museum and private collection and there have been very few miles driven since being rotisserie restored. It is the Canso Sport Deluxe model which was the top-of-the-line and presented as a stock appearance two door hardtop. Finished in the unavailable but very desirable and complimenting Hugger Orange color with striking black interior. Some modern era Resto-Mod upgrades include a professionally built, balanced and blueprinted high performance V8 engine teasing you with almost 500hp. Backed with a performance built GM automatic transmission and a Ford 9" posi-traction differential to make that statement final. Additionally enhanced with rack & pinion steering, power disc brakes and a long list of performance features. It performs and drives as well as it looks and has been awarded Best of Show multiple times. Many Acadians succumbed to rough Canadian winters, suffering from rust and mechanical wear and tear, leaving very few original specimens left, in addition to the fact that production was much lower than equivalent Chevy models. Iron clad original documentation from General Motors supports claim that only 429 specimens of this similar model were ever originally produced. The original owner's manual and a pictorial display are also included. This is one of the finest examples in existence and is being offered to a new owner/collector with confidence.
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