1984: Pontiac offers a pair of plush Broughams

1984: Pontiac offers a pair of plush Broughams


Never mind that it was the sibling of the modest Chevy Malibu.

Pontiac built the Bonneville from the 1958 through 2005 model years, and it remained a full-sized car through the 1981 model year. For 1982, the Bonneville name switched to the midsized G-Body platform, making it the sibling of the Chevrolet Malibu, Buick Regal, and Oldsmobile Cutlass. For the Canadian market, however, the full-sized 1977-1981 version remained in production through 1986, as the Parisienne. Pontiac brought the Parisienne to the United States starting in 1983, and this 1984 magazine ad touts both the not-so-opulent Bonneville and the semi-majestic (if aging) Parisienne.

Pontiac luxury at its traditional best.

I drove to my high-school prom (in 1983) in the 1978 version of the Bonneville/Parisienne, and my date seemed to think it was pretty swanky. Thanks to Canada, this car stayed alive until close to the dawn of the 1990s.

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