Readers Rides: 1965 Pontiac Parisienne Custom Sport

Readers Rides: 1965 Pontiac Parisienne Custom Sport

Steve Bekessy’s love affair for the Pontiac Parisienne began when he was in high school and owned a beautiful 1969 base model until, for reasons he still can’t remember, he traded it for a Mercury Capri. Fast forward to 2012 when Steve showed his wife photos of his old Parisienne and expressed his regret regarding the lopsided trade. Unbeknownst to him, Steve’s wife began searching online for Parisiennes and had arranged for a potential seller to bring his ’65 Parisienne Custom Sport over to the house, and once he found out how motivated the seller was, he was able to take it for much lower than asking price. In 2016, Steve brought the car to Rick over at Old Time Garage in Chilliwack, B.C. where it underwent a full, bottom to top restoration. The car looked good on the surface but once Rick and his crew went beneath that, they found some terrible bodywork that used everything from chicken wire to drywall mud to fill holes and gaps. Once the restoration was complete, Steve went to work with a few more touch-ups and updates, and now enjoys taking the car out when he can and is part of the Pacific Performance Pontiac Car Club that just celebrated its 30th anniversary. The car features the original 327 engine under the hood and is one of only 143 to feature an engine that was originally meant for the Corvette Stingrays at the time. Pontiac ran out of the regular engines and had to source some from the factory where the Corvettes were being built.

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