Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold August 6-8 at Barrett-Jackson’s Reno auction.
Produced from 1962-1971, the Acadian was the make of an automobile produced by General Motors of Canada. The Acadian was created and produced to fill the compact model void Canada felt because it was unable to sell the Pontiac Tempest.
The Acadian was originally based of the Chevrolet Corvair, however, the concept was moved to the Chevy II platform to meet a 1962 introduction year and the car offered was essentially as a base Chevy II model retrimmed with influence from Pontiac, seen most evidently in the split grille.
The Acadian Canso was the equivalent of the Chevy II Super Sport. Both the Canso and the Chevy II featured Strato-bucket seats, shared the same console, floor shifter and trim. The top performance option for the Canso was Chevrolets 350-horsepower, 327-cubic-inch L79 Small block.
Lot No. 700 from the Robertson Collection is a 1966 Canadian-made custom Acadian Canso Sport 2-door hardtop with all OEM trim. It is important to note that this car is titled as a 1966 Pontiac.
Powered by a 555-cid V8 Pat Musi/Edelbrock big block Chevy, this Acadian Canso features a five-speed Tremec TKO manual transmission, billet front drive accessories, Edelbrock EFI system, BigStuff 3 engine management system, aluminum radiator, electric fans, long tube headers, and custom exhaust with MagnaFlow mufflers.
Chris Alston’s Chassisworks front clip is used as well as tubular front A-arms, power steering rack, Wilwood front disc brakes, Wilwood master cylinder, tubular transmission crossmember, Chris Alston’s Chassisworks sub-frame connectors and rear parallel 4-link, Ford 9-inch rear end, stainless-steel fuel tank with sump, and a Weldon inline fuel pump.
The interior is factory red leather interior and comes with Stewart Warner gauges, personal steering wheel, CV Products billet shifter, Lokar billet pedals, Vintage Air air conditioning system.
The car sits on American Racing Salt Flat Special wheels.
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