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1961 Pontiac Tempest
You travel first class in a Pontiac Tempest in its debut year.

1961 Pontiac Tempest

The 1961 Tempest was in it's first year of production and already gained popular acceptance into the small-car marketplace. The four-door and station wagon models were first to hit the scene with and then later joined by a 2-door hardtop and Tempest LeMans. The Tempest featured Pontiac's twin grille styling theme, sculptured side panels, and body side wind splits. Tempests also came equipped with turn signals, electric windshield wipers, sun visors, and five tubeless black sidewall tires

1961 Pontiac Options included: Air-Conditioning - Electric Antenna - Guide Matic Headlamp Control - Power Steering - Power Brakes - Six Way Power Seat - Power Windows - Safeguard Speedometer - Magic Cruise - Aluminum Hubs & Drums - Bucket Seats - EZ Eye Glass - Luggage Carrier - Power Tailgate - 4 Speed Super HydraMatic - 4 Speed Manual - SafeT Track Differential - 4 Barrel Induction System - Tri Power Induction System

 

1961 Pontiac Tempest Specification and Production Numbers

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Tempest
21 19 4d Sedan - 6P $2,702 2,800 lbs 22,557
21 27 2d Hardtop - 6P $2,113 2,785 lbs 7,432
21 35 4d Station Wagon - 6P $2,438 2,980 lbs 7,404
Tempest (with custom trim package)
21 19 4d Sedan - 6P $2,884 2,800 lbs 40,082
21 27 2d LeMans Hardtop - 6P $2,297 2,795 lbs 7,455
21 35 4d Station Wagon - 6P $2,611 2,980 lbs 15,853

NOTES:

  1. 98,779 Tempest with 4-cyl engines were built
  2. 26,737 Tempest fours had synchromesh and 72,053 had Hydra-matic
  3. 2,004 Tempests were built with optional Buick aluminum V8's
  4. 3 Tempest V8s had synchromesh and 2,001 had Hydra-Matic

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Tempest 112 in 189.3 in 56.8 in 56.8 in 6.00 x 15

 

VIN Decoding

Vin Number was on the left front door hinge pillar. On raised pad at front of right hand cylinder bank.
First Symbol - Series
1 = Tempest 6 = Star Chief
3 = Catalina 7 = 1961-1962 Bonneville Station Wagon
5 = Ventura 8 = 1961-1962 Bonneville exc. Station Wagon
Second & Third Symbol - Year
61 = 1961
Fourth Symbol - Assembly Plant
(A) Arlington, Texas (L) Linden, New Jersey
(D) Doraville, Georgia (P) Pontiac, Michigan
(E) Euclid, Ohio (S) Southgate, California
(K) Kansas City, Kansas (W) Wilmington, Delaware
Last Four Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 1001

Engine Data

Location Of Engine Code: (Four Cyl.) - (Four Cyl.) - Stamped on right front side of block or beneath the engine sequence number on machined pad on right hand bank of engine block. (Six Cyl.) - Stamped on right front side of block. (V-8) - Stamped on right front side of block or beneath the engine sequence number on machined pad on right hand bank of engine block. Note: Some Tempest engines have the letter code on the same line following the engine sequence number.
 
Letter Code Engine Horsepower Torque Transmission Carburetor
A1 8-389 267 405 Automatic 2 BC
A2 8-389 267 405 Manual 2 BC
A5 8-389 267 405 Automatic 2 BC
BB 8-389 287 417 Automatic 4 BC
BF 8-389 287 417 Automatic 4 BC
B4 8-389 287 417 Manual 4 BC
C0 8-389 318-348 430 Automatic 3 - 2 BC
C4 8-389 318-348 430 Heavy Duty Manual 3 - 2 BC
E3 8-389 267 405 Automatic 2 BC
E7 8-389 267 405 Automatic 2 BC
F0 8-389 333 425 Automatic 4 BC
F4 8-389 333 425 Heavy Duty Manual 4 BC
G4 8-389 267 405 Heavy Duty Manual 2 BC
H4 8-389 287 417 Heavy Duty Manual 4 BC
I9 8-389 318-348 430 Automatic 3 - 2 BC
J1 8-389 267 405 Automatic 2 BC
K1 8-389 267 405 Automatic 2 BC
K5 8-389 267 405 Automatic 2 BC
LB 8-389 287 417 Automatic 4 BC
MD 8-389 318-348 430 Automatic 3 - 2 BC
M4 8-389 318-348 430 Heavy Duty Manual 3 - 2 BC
NB 8-389 287 417 Automatic 4 BC
P0 8-389 287 417 Automatic 4 BC
P4 8-389 287 417 Heavy Duty Manual 4 BC
P9 8-389 287 417 Automatic 4 BC
Q5 8-389 267 405 Automatic 2 BC
RC0 8-389 318-348 430 Automatic 3 - 2 BC
R19 8-389 318-348 430 Automatic 3 - 2 BC
RM0 8-389 318-348 430 Automatic 3 - 2 BC
RC4 8-389 318-348 430 Heavy Duty Manual 3 - 2 BC
RM4 8-389 318-348 430 Heavy Duty Manual 3 - 2 BC
RV9 8-389 318-348 430 Automatic 3 - 2 BC
R2 8-389 267 405 Heavy Duty Manual 2 BC
S1 8-389 267 405 Automatic 2 BC
S5 8-389 267 405 Automatic 2 BC
TB 8-389 287 417 Automatic 4 BC
TF 8-389 287 417 Automatic 4 BC
U9 8-389 333 425 Automatic 4 BC
V9 8-389 318-348 430 Automatic 3 - 2 BC
W3 8-389 267 405 Automatic 2 BC
W7 8-389 267 405 Automatic 2 BC
- 8-421 405 Not Available Not Available 2 - 4 BC

Transmission Codes

Transmission Location
Dual Coupling Hydra-Matic (Super Hydra-Matic "315") On name plate located on lower left corner of the rear face of transmission case.
Roto Hydra-Matic "10" (3-Speed - 4 Stage) On serial number plate attached to left side of transmission.
3-Speed Painted or stamped on the transmission case.
4-Speed Painted or stamped on the transmission case.
Plant and Type Designation Prefix Transmission Type
P Roto Hydra-Matic "10" (3-Speed - 4 Stage)
PA Roto Hydra-Matic "10" (3-Speed - 4 Stage)
PAS Dual Coupling Hydra-Matic (Super Hydra-Matic "315")
PB Roto Hydra-Matic "10" (3-Speed - 4 Stage)
PBS Dual Coupling Hydra-Matic (Super Hydra-Matic "315")
PE Roto Hydra-Matic "10" (3-Speed - 4 Stage)
PES Dual Coupling Hydra-Matic (Super Hydra-Matic "315")
PS Dual Coupling Hydra-Matic (Super Hydra-Matic "315")

Axle Codes

Location Of Axle Codes: On flange end of axle shaft and on or near carrier.
 
Code Color - Non-Locking Color - Locking Ratio
2 Red Red & Green 43-16 = 2.69
3 Gray Gray & Green 41-16 = 2.56
4 None None 19-10 = 3.90
6 Blue Blue & Green 40-11 = 3.64
7 Orange Orange & Green 43-15 = 2.87
8 White White & Green 41-12 = 3.42
9 Brown Brown & Green 42-13 = 3.23
0 Yellow Yellow & Green 40-13 = 3.08
0 Black Black & Green 41-10 = 4.10

1961 Pontiac Owner's Manual


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Paint Codes - Exterior Colors

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

R - Fernando Beige
Lucite® Code - 2964L
Dulux® Code - 93-93110

T - Mayan Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4146L
Dulux® Code - 181-94697

D - Richmond Gray Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4023L
Dulux® Code - 181-94009

E - Bristol Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4147L

C - Shelltone Ivory
Lucite® Code - 4024L
Dulux® Code - 93-93774

K - Seacrest Green
Lucite® Code - 4148L
Dulux® Code - 93-94296

L - Coronado Red Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4034LH
Dulux® Code - 181-17182H

H - Tradewind Blue
Lucite® Code - 4150L

N - Cherrywood Bronze Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4035L

M - Bamboo Cream
Lucite® Code - 4151L
Dulux® Code - 93-94079

P - Rainer Turquoise Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4141L
Dulux® Code - 181-94695

S - Dawnfire Mist Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4154LH

J - Jadestone Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4142L
Dulux® Code - 181-94694

A - Regent Black
Lucite® Code - #88L
Dulux® Code - 93-005
F - Richelieu Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4143L
Dulux® Code - 181-94696
   
NOTES: Solid colors will be designated by two letters: Example - Solid Regent Black AA. solid Shelltone Ivory CC. Tow-tone combinations are designated by two letter: First Letter - Lower Body, Second Letter - Upper Body, Roof.
 

Paint Codes - Interior Colors

Color Name / Code Color Image Color Name / Code Color Image

Medium Garnet Metallic
DUCO - 4066H

Not Available Dark Blue Metallic
DUCO - 4237H
Not Available

Medium Fawn Metallic
DUCO - 94171

Not Available Dark Green Metallic
DUCO - 4238H
Not Available

Medium Gray Metallic
DUCO - 94187

Not Available Dark Gray Metallic
DUCO - 4239H
Not Available
Medium Blue Metallic
DUCO - 94235
Not Available Dark Brown Metallic
DUCO - 4240H
Not Available
Medium Green Metallic
DUCO - 94297H
Not Available Dark Maroon Metallic
DUCO - 4241H
Not Available

NOTE: Unpolished LUCITE® will generally produce a gloss comparable to original interior semi-gloss finishes. If lower gloss is required, use 1/2 oz. DuPont #4528S flattening compound to a pint of unreduced color.

Trunk Colors (spatter finish)

Not Available

 

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