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1963 Pontiac Tempest
You travel first class in a Pontiac Tempest with so many conveniences that come as standard equipment.

1963 Pontiac Tempest

The Tempest had a new, clean redesign including an angled roof, "coke-bottle" exterior shape with wider wheel openings, split grilles, longer trunks and creased side panels. Inside, rich fabrics including vinyl and lush carpeting and came in 4 different color teams.

A new 326 V8 short stroke engine with overhead valve plants which were mounted up front with aluminum alloy tin plated pistons, an alloy cast iron block, 5 main bearings and a 37 amp. generator. In addition to the new "Tempes Torque" automatic transmission, there was also a 3-speed and 4-speed available all rear mounted.

Another redesign for the year was the trans-axle with swing axle shafts providing suspension from independent coil springs allowed for better handling and maneuvering.

1963 Pontiac Tempest Specifications and Production

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Tempest
21 27 2d Coupe - 6P $2,188 2,810 lbs 13,307
21 17 2d Hardtop - 6P $2,294 2,820 lbs 13,157
21 19 4d Sedan - 6P $2,241 2,815 lbs 28,221
21 67 2d Convertible - 5P $2,554 2,955 lbs 5,012
21 35 4d Station Wagon- 6P $2,512 2,995 lbs 10,135
Tempest LeMans
22 17 2d Hardtop - 6P $2,418 2,865 lbs 45,701
22 67 2d Convertible - 5P $2,742 3,035 lbs 15,957

NOTES:

  1. 69,832 Tempests were Built
  2. 16,657 had Synchromesh
  3. 53,174 had Tempes-Torque Automatic
  4. 61,659 LeMans were built
  5. 18,034 LeMans had Synchromesh
  6. 43,625 LeMans had Tempes-Torque
  7. 23,327 LeMans Coupes and 8,744 LeMans convertibles had 4 cylinder engines; remaining were powered by V8.

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Tempest 112 in 194.3 in 57.3 in 58 in 6.00 x 15


VIN Decoding

Vin Number was on the left front door hinge pillar.
First Symbol - Series
0 = Tempest (std.) 6 = Star Chief
1 = Tempest 7 = Bonneville Station Wagon
2 = LeMans 8 = Bonneville
3 = Catalina 9 = Grand Prix
 
Second & Third Symbol - Year
63 = 1963
 
Fourth Symbol - Assembly Plant
(A) Arlington, Texas (P) Pontiac, Michigan
(D) Doraville, Georgia (S) Southgate, California
(K) Kansas City, Kansas (W) Wilmington, Delaware
(L) Linden, New Jersey  
 
Last Four Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 1001

Options and Accessories

Code Description Code Description
381 Push-Button Radio w/ Manual Antenna 511 Dual Exhaust
382 Push-Button Radio w/ Electric Antenna 512 Door Edge Guards
383 Push-Button AM/FM Radio w/ Manual Antenna 521 Custom Wheel Discs
384 Push-Button AM/FM Radio w/ Electric Antenna 528 Sport Wheel Covers
401 Rear Seat Speaker 531 Soft Ray Glass (all windows)
402 Two-Speed Wipers 532 Soft Ray Glass (windshield only)
411 Rear Seat Foam Cushion 548 Verba-Phonic Rear Speaker
412 Front Seat Foam Cushion 551 Power Windows
421 Windshield Washers & Two-Speed Wipers 552 Power Vent Windows
422 Safeguard Speedo w/ Fuel Level Light 554 Power Tailgate Window (station wagon)
424 Instrument Panel Pad 561 Power Seat
431 Heavy-Duty Air Cleaner 571 Luggage Carrier (station wagon)
441 Visor Vanity Mirror 572 Spare Tire Cover
442 Inside Non-Glare Tilt Mirror 581 Air Conditioning
444 Outside Remote Control Mirror 591 Magi-Cruise Control
454 Outside Rear View Mirror 601 Console (bucket seats only)
461 Deluxe Steering Wheel 604 Electric Clock
462 Deluxe Wheel Discs 624 Front Seat Belts
471 Back-Up Lights 631 Front Floor Mats
481 Utility Light (Luggage or Under-Hood) 632 Front & Rear Floor Mats
482 Glove Box Light 641 Remote Control Deck Lid
484 Dome & Reading Light 654 Tilt Steering Wheel
491 Courtesy Light 664 Tachometer
492 Ash Tray & Cigar Lighter Light 678 Heavy-Duty Battery
494 Parking Brake Light 691 Safe-T-Track
501 Power Steering 694 Aluminum Wheels
502 Power Brakes  

Engine Data

Location Of Engine Code: (Six-Cyl) - On cylinder head-to-block contact surface behind oil filter pipe. (V8) - Stamped on right front side of block or beneath production engine number on machined pad on right hand bank of engine block.
Letter Code Engine Horsepower Torque Transmission Carburetor
01A 8-389 215 390 Manual 2 BC
02B 8-389 235 402 Manual 4 BC
03B 8-389 215 390 Heavy-Duty Manual 2 BC
04B 8-389 235 402 Heavy-Duty Manual 4 BC
05A 8-389 215 390 Manual 2 BC
06B 8-389 303 425 4-Speed Manual 4 BC
07B 8-389 313 430 Heavy-Duty Manual 3 - 2 BC
08B 8-421 * 353 455 Heavy-Duty Manual 4 BC
11B 8-421 * 370 460 Heavy-Duty Manual 3 - 2 BC
12-5 8-421 # 390 Not Available Automatic 2 BC
12B 8-421 # Not Available Not Available 3-Speed Manual 4 BC
12U 8-421 # 390 Not Available Manual 2 - 4 BC
13-4 8-421 # Not Available Not Available Manual 2 - 4 BC
13-5 8-421 # 420 Not Available Heavy-Duty Manual 2 - 4 BC
13B 8-421 # Not Available Not Available 3-Speed Manual 2 - 4 BC
13U 8-421 # 405 Not Available Manual 2 - 4 BC
15H 8-389 267 405 Automatic 2 BC
16K 8-389 303 425 Automatic 4 BC
17H 8-389 267 405 Automatic 2 BC
18K 8-389 303 425 Automatic 4 BC
20L 8-389 230 380 Automatic 2 BC
21L 8-389 230 380 Automatic 2 BC
22B 8-421 Not Available Not Available Heavy-Duty Manual 4 BC
23H 8-389 267 405 Automatic 2 BC
24U 8-421 # 410 Not Available Manual 2 - 4 BC
25G 8-421 * 353 455 Automatic 4 BC
26-6 8-389 313 430 Automatic 3 - 2 BC
28G 8-421 * 370 460 Automatic 3 - 2 BC
34-J 8-421 Not Available Not Available Automatic 4 BC
35-M 8-389 283 413 Automatic 2 BC
36P 8-389 303 425 Automatic 4 BC
37M 8-389 283 413 Automatic 2 BC
38P 8-389 303 425 Automatic 4 BC
39N 8-389 303 425 Automatic 4 BC
40R 8-389 230 380 Automatic 2 BC
41R 8-389 230 380 Automatic 2 BC
43N 8-421 Not Available Not Available Automatic 4 BC
44M 8-389 283 413 Automatic 2 BC
45P 8-389 303 425 Automatic 4 BC
47Q 8-421 * 353 455 Automatic 4 BC
48N 8-389 313 430 Automatic 3 - 2 BC
50Q 8-421 * 370 460 Automatic 3 - 2 BC
75-9 8-421 Not Available Not Available Manual 2 - 4 BC
125T 8-421 # 390 Not Available Manual 2 - 4 BC
135U 8-421 # 405 Not Available Manual 2 - 4 BC
NOTES:
  • * - High Output
  • # - Super Duty

Transmission Codes

Transmission Location
Super Hydra-Matic "315" (Dual-Coupling Hydra-Matic) On name plate located on lower left corner of the rear face of transmission case.
Roto Hydra-Matic "10" On serial number plate attached to left side of transmission.
Jetway On metal tag fastened to right side of transmission case or stamped on lower servo cover.
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"
PAH Roto Hydra-Matic "10"
PAS Super Hydra-Matic "315"
PB Roto Hydra-Matic "10"
PBS Super Hydra-Matic "315"
PC Roto Hydra-Matic "10"
PCS Super Hydra-Matic "315"
PE Roto Hydra-Matic "10"
PEH Roto Hydra-Matic "10"
PES Super Hydra-Matic "315"
PS 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

Paint Codes - Exterior Colors

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

A - Starlight Black
Lucite® Code - 88
Dulux® Code - 93-005

V - Grenadier Red
Lucite® Code - 4387LH
Dulux® Code - 93-95896H

J - Silverleaf Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4255L
Dulux® Code - 181-95185

S - Saddle Bronze Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4392L
Dulux® Code - 181-96217

F - Yorktown Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4250L
Dulux® Code - 181-95180

K - Cordovan Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4393L

W - Nocutrne Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4395L
Dulux® Code - 181-96220

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

P - Aquamarine Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4253L
Dulux® Code - 181-95183

R - Yuma Beige
Lucite® Code - 4256L
Dulux® Code - 93-95186

Q - Marlin Aqua Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4390LH
Dulux® Code - 181-95998H

D - Silvermist Gray Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4247L
Dulux® Code - 181-95176

T - Caravan Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4257L
Dulux® Code - 181-95187

L - Marimba Red Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4389LM
NOTES: The first letter of a two-letter paint code identifies the body color. The second letter identifies the roof color. (For example, the combination HC on a Pontiac would indicate the body finished in Kimberly Blue and the roof area in Cameo Ivory.) General Motors paint code plate for all models except Corvair and Corvette is located under the hood at the top of the firewall on the left or right of the upper shroud. Corvair paint code plate is on the left rear wheel housing. Corvette paint code plate is under the dash, below the glove compartment.
 

Paint Codes - Interior Colors

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

Light Fawn
Lucite® Code - 9000L

Dark Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9011L

Medium Fawn Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9004L

Medium Aqua Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9005L

Dark Fawn Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9014L

Dark Aqua Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9012LH

Medium Saddle Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9015L

Medium Red
Lucite® Code - 9016LH

Medium Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9006L

Medium Maroon Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4034LH

Dark Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code -

Dark Maroon Metallic
Lucite® Code -
Medium Gray Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9010L

Black
Lucite® Code - (flat)

Dark Gray Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9009L
Mocha Brown
Lucite® Code - 4432L

Medium Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9007L

 

NOTE: Unrubbed LUCITE® will generally produce a gloss comparable to original unrubbed interior semi-gloss finishes. If lower gloss is required, use DuPont #4528 flattening compound to reduce gloss.

Trunk Colors (spatter finish)

Red = 389-219

Blue-Green = 389-220

 

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