Stephen H 1968 Beaumont SD-396

1968 BEAUMONT SD 396 - Canadian Eh!!

I purchased the Beaumont in 1973 In Lethbridge, Alberta Canada. It had been delivered to Enerson Motors, a Pontiac dealer, in Lethbridge, Alberta in 1968.

Contrary to popular belief, the Beaumont is NOT a Canadian Chevelle. The Beaumont is a separate car line that shares components with the Chevrolet Chevelle and the Pontiac Tempest, LeMans and GTO. It was sold by Pontiac dealers in Canada. These Beaumonts' featured the Chevrolet Chevelle body with minor styling revision, including exclusive wrap-around taillights and a Pontiac-style split grille. The interior used the dash panel from the (U.S.) Pontiac Tempest/LeMans/GTO series. The line ran from 1962 - 1965 as an Acadian and from 1966 - 1969 as Beaumont, a stand-alone marque.

The car sports an emblem, based on the Pontiac's arrowhead motif with two red maple leafs added. The SD (Sport Deluxe) models was equivalent to the Chevelle Super Sport trim level, and featured bucket seat and a center console, as well as SD body striping and trim. The SD396 are the most desirable Beaumonts today. In addition to the SD series, the Beaumont line included Custom and Deluxe lines.

The car was beginning to show its age and we did a complete restoration in 2007. New interior, paint which is still the original Burnished Saddle Metallic color, vinyl roof, original moldings were reused, bumpers re-chromed and of course, new wheels and tires. Ours features a four speed transmission, four piston disc brakes, factory 8 track stereo, in dash tachometer, bucket seats and center console. There were only 680 of the SD-396's produced that year, 1968. I have documentation from General Motors with regards to our cars options and originality.

Over the years we have had many enjoyable times. Our kids have driven the car and now our grand kids will be lining up for their turn. We now live 45 minutes from Lethbridge and the Beaumont has stayed in Southern Alberta all its life. We enjoy taking and showing it at car shows in Canada and the US. There is much interest everywhere but in the US most people have never heard of the Beaumonts and we always get a second look from car enthusiasts thinking we have somehow remodeled a Chevelle.

2 Reader Comments

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    Harvey Floyds Knobs July 18, 2016 at 15:52
    Having been a Chevelle lover for over 40 years I can honestly say these cars are just as nice and I'd love to have one. I really like this color combination and almost bought a '69 Chevelle with the same colors last year. It was a factory 396 car with power steering, brakes and A/C. This one's a beauty!
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    Theresa Eston Sask. September 13, 2016 at 23:19
    This is the exact car my husband drove when I met him in 1976. Someday I would like the chance to buy one for him as a surprise gift. If your ever in the market to sell let me know. Do you see many on the market when your at shows etc?

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