Auctioned on Saturday, April 4, 2009
Not Sold at a High Bid of $89,000
Between 1955 and 1970, Canadian Pontiac appeared very similar in terms of their styling, trim, and other features to the Pontiac models sold in the United States, but they actually shared more in common with the contemporary full-size Chevrolet models. In fact, through the 1962 model year, the Laurentian was available in all the body styles that were available within the Chevrolet Bel Air line, including hardtop coupe, sedan, and convertible models. In addition, powertrains and chassis were Chevrolet-based as well. As a result, Canadian Pontiacs from this era remain very rare and interesting automobiles that are just beginning to attract serious collector attention.
This 1957 Pontiac Laurentian Convertible benefits from an outstanding, frame-off rotisserie restoration performed to exacting levels of detail and authenticity. The beautifully prepared body is highlighted by an attractive yellow finish, excellent and extensive brightwork, and complemented by a yellow and silver two-tone interior treatment. Exterior accessories include rear fender skirts, a “Continental” spare tire kit, and dual exhaust outlets, while the interior includes power windows, a pushbutton-operated AM radio, and a clock. In addition, the Laurentian is powered by a 283 cubic inch V8 engine with a Powerglide automatic transmission, and the highly detailed engine bay, underbody, and suspension are every bit as impressive as the exterior of the car. It is believed that just 775 Laurentian Convertibles were produced in 1957, and for the true connoisseur of 1950s cars, it will make a very interesting and enjoyable addition to your collection.