The Beaumont is the Canadian Pontiac sister car to the Chevelle. Now to end the dispute they are not, repeat not "Canadian Chevelles" The Beaumont is a separate car line that shares alot of its componets with the Chevelle and the Ponitac LeMans, Tempest, GTO. To further confuse our American friends the Pontiac Beaumont used a complete Chevrolet frame and drive train, which differs from their American counterparts the LeMans, Tempest, GTO.
Beaumonts first started out as the sister car to the Chevy II Nova in 1962 and continued as such until the introduction of the Chevelle in 1964. It is then the Beaumont made the move from the H-Body platform to the A-Body platform. Beaumonts were produced from 1962 to 1969 inclusive
Lets hear what Jim the owner has to say about his rare bird.
Thanks for checking out my 1968 Beaumont SD396. For those not fimilar with these cars, they are basically the Canadian version of the Chevelle with GTO instrument panels. Bodies were built by General Motors of Canada with a Chevy drivetrain. Since there were no GM of Canada dealerships they were sold through the Pontiac dealerships. They are considered Pontiacs but nowhere in the original owners manuals or brochures does it mention Pontiac. These cars are much rarer than their Chevelle counterparts. There were only 702 68 Beaumont SD hardtops built. They all came with a 396 with 325 or 350 horsepower. My car now has a 427. The car, for the most part, has been restored to original condition with exception of the engine, wheels and addition of a posi-traction rearend.