Interesting Facts about the Pontiac Parisienne
- The 1981 Pontiac Parisienne was actually the top-of-the-line Canadian counterpart of the Pontiac Bonneville, which was released in the United States. It was also manufactured in Ishawa, Ontario and exclusively sold in Canada.
- The Pontiac Parisienne was made under the GM B platform, which was also known as the B-body or bodyshell. This body design was popular for its reliability and durability. The Parisienne was the last vehicle to have this platform design, which had the gas tank filler situated behind the license plate.
- The Pontiac Parisienne was still a darling to car enthusiasts even after General Motors dropped the line-it still sold very well in the market. The last model was the 1986 Parisienne.
- The Pontiac Parisienne and the Chevrolets shared a lot in common with the Chevrolets especially the chassis and drivetrain. They were also equipped with the same engines including the 283, 327, 350, 396, 409, and 427. They also had the same Powerglide and Turbo-Hydramatic automatic transmissions. This resemblance was due to the import/export tariffs between the United States and Canada, which made the production of original or unique Pontiac engines and car components too expensive. This is also the reason why the Parisienne was introduced as some sort of a more luxurious version of the Grand Prix.
- Pontiac manufactured right-hand Parisiennes in Canada, and these models were exported to Australia and UK most especially until 1969.
- The Pontiac Parisienne had a wagon model called the Pontiac Parisienne Safari, and it was featured very briefly in David Fincher's film adaptation of Fight Club. This vehicle could be spotted in the scene where Brad Pitt and Edward Norton were in front of the bar on the first night they punched each other.
- The Pontiac Parisienne was also casted in other films and TV shows such as National Treasure, Harold and Kumar, Dark Shadows, Prison Break, MacGyver, and NYPD Blue.
- One of the most famous celebrities who own a Pontiac Parisienne is rapper-turned-reggae singer Snoop Dogg. His 1967 Parisienne is popularly known to have been pimped out into a yellow and purple vehicle, which kind of reminds everybody of the colors of the NBA team-LA Lakers. Thus, Snoop Dogg's Pontiac Parisienne is sometimes referred to as the "Laker's Car."