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1965 Pontiac Catalina
The 1965 Pontiac Catalina is arguably one of the best "big" Pontiacs of the decade.

1965 Pontiac Catalina

The 1965 Pontiac Catalina is arguably one of the best "big" Pontiacs of the decade. A former GM stylist once said the new design was "one full styling wave" ahead of other Detroit offerings that year. The freshly designed Catalina hardtop acquired a full fastback roofline, front-end styling had more character than the rather flat 1964 face, and sharply defined lower-body sculpturing added a more rakish stance to it's profile.

Sport seekers were also pleased with Pontiacs new package called the "2 + 2" option for its full-size Catalina two-door hardtop and convertible. Due to a GM policy that prohibited engines over 400 cid in intermediates, the GTO had to make do with the division's 389-cid V-8, while Catalina could be optioned with Pontiac's 421-cid monster motor.

For $418.54 you could add the 2 + 2 option which included the big engine with a four-barrel carb, plus heavy-duty three-speed gearbox with floor-mounted Hurst shifter, 3.42:1 rear axle ratio, heavy-duty springs and shocks, and some additional interior appointments. Also optional was a Tri-Power engine with 370 bhp, as well as four-speed manual and Safe-T-Track limited-slip differential. So equipped, a 2 + 2 was reportedly good for a mid-15-second standing quarter-mile. For 1965, the top-rated 421 was listed at 376 bhp.

Unfortunately the 2 + 2 did not enjoy the GTO's sales success and Pontiac phased out the 2 + 2 option after 1967.

1965 Pontiac Catalina Production

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Catalina Series 252
252 69 4d Sedan - 6P $2,748 3,772 lbs 78,853
252 39 4d Hardtop - 6P $2,885 3,843 lbs 34,814
252 11 2d Sedan - 6P $2,678 3,702 lbs 9,526
252 37 2d Hardtop - 6P $2,809 3,748 lbs 92,009
252 67 2d Convertible - 5P $3,103 3,795 lbs 18,347
252 45 4d Station Wagon - 9P $3,241 4,244 lbs 15,110
252 35 4d Station Wagon - 6P $3,136 4,211 lbs 23,399
  • 271,058 Catalinas were built
  • 14,817 had Synchromesh
  • 256,241 had Hydra-Matic
  • 11,521 had W51 Catalina 2 + 2 option (body style breakouts are not available)
  • 5,316 Catalina 2 + 2 had synchromesh
  • 6,205 Catalina 2 + 2 had Hydra-Matic
  • There is no record of the amount of Ventura options sold.

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Catalina 121 in 214.6 in 62.5 in 64 in 8.25 x 14
Catalina Station Wagon 121 in 217.9 in 62.5 in 64 in 8.25 x 14

VIN Decoding

Serial Numbers were on the left front hinge pillar. Fisher body on cowl tells style number, body number, trim code, paint code, and other data.
First Symbol - Manufacturer
2 = Pontiac
Second & Third Symbol - Series
33 = Standard Tempest 54 = 2 + 2
35 = Custom Tempest 56 = Star Chief
37 = LeMans 62 = Bonneville
39 = Safari Station Wagon w/ wood grain 66 = Grand Prix
52 = Catalina & Ventura  
Fourth & Fifth Symbol - Body Style
11 = two-door sedan 45 = station wagon three seat
27 = two-door sedan 57 = two-door hardtop
35 = station wagon two seat 67 = convertible
37 = two-door hardtop 69 = four-door sedan
39 = four-door hardtop 87 = two-door hardtop
Sixth Symbol - Last Digit Of The Model Year
5 = 1965
Seventh Symbol - Assembly Plant
(B) Baltimore, Maryland (P) Pontiac, Michigan
(C) Southgate, California (R) Arlington, Texas
(D) Doraville, Georgia (U) Lordstown, Ohio
(E) Linden, New Jersey (V) Bloomfield, Illinios
(G) Framingham, Massachusetts (X) Kansas City, Kansas
(K) Kansas City, Missouri (Z) Fremont, California
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 100001

Engine Options

 eng. hp  disp. carb   Bonneville  Star Chief  Grand Prix  Catalina  Tempest
 6 140   215 2-bbl  n.a. n.a.  n.a.  n.a.   std.
 V-8 250  326  2-bbl  n.a.  n.a.  n.a.  n.a.  $108 
 V-8 285  326  4-bbl  n.a.  n.a.  n.a.  n.a.  $173 
 V-8 335 389-GTO   4-bbl n.a. n.a. n.a. n.a. $296
 V-8 360  389  3 2-bbl  n.a. n.a. n.a.  n.a.  $116 on
GTO
 V-8 256 (economy V-8 available on all Pontiacs w/Turbo Hydra-matic) 389  2-bbl  n.a. std.  n.a.  std.  n.a.
 V-8 290   389  2-bbl  n.a.  std.
H-M
n.a.  std.
H-M
 n.a.
 V-8 325   389  4-bbl  std.
H-M
 $35  std.
H-M
 $35  n.a.
 V-8 333   389  4-bbl  std.  $45  std.  $45  n.a.
 V-8 338  389  3
2-bbl
 $133  $178  $133  $178  n.a.
 V-8 338   421  4-bbl.  $138  $174  $108  $174  n.a.
 V-8
 V-8
356 
376
421 
421HO
3 2-bbl 
 $272
 $376
 $307
 $410
 $241
 $344
 $307
 $410
 n.a.

Transmission Codes

Transmission Location
Turbo Hydra-Matic 350 Stamped on servo cover on right side of transmission.
Turbo Hydra-Matic 400 On metal tag fastened to right side of transmission case or on the left side of converter housing.
Powerglide Stamped on a metal tag located on the right side of the transmission.
Super Turbine 300 (TempesTorque) On metal tag fastened to right side of transmission case or stamped on lower servo cover.
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
20 TempesTorque
30 TempesTorque
LA TempesTorque
MA TempesTorque
MB TempesTorque
MC TempesTorque
NA TempesTorque
NB TempesTorque
PA Turbo Hydra-Matic 400
PB Turbo Hydra-Matic 400
PC Turbo Hydra-Matic 400
PE Turbo Hydra-Matic
PH Turbo Hydra-Matic 400

Paint Codes - Exterior Colors

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

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

N - Burgundy Red
Lucite® Code - 4624LH
Dulux® Code - 181-97213M

B - Blue Charcoal
Lucite® Code - 4622L
Dulux® Code - 181-97211

P - Iris Mist
Lucite® Code - 4632L
Dulux® Code - 181-97221

C - Ermine White
Lucite® Code - 4024L
Dulux® Code - 93-93774

R - Montero Red
Lucite® Code - 4625LH
Dulux® Code - 93-97540H

D - Fontaine Blue
Lucite® Code - 4630L
Dulux® Code - 181-972219

T - Capri Gold
Lucite® Code - 4627L
Dulux® Code - 181-97216

E - Nightwatch Blue
Lucite® Code - 4631L
Dulux® Code - 181-97220

V - Mission Beige
Lucite® Code - 4401L
Dulux® Code - 93-96261

H - Palmetto Green
Lucite® Code - 4633L
Dulux® Code - 181-97223

W - Bluemist Slate
Lucite® Code - 4623L
Dulux® Code - 181-97212

K - Reef Turquoise
Lucite® Code - 4628L
Dulux® Code - 181-97217

Y - Mayfair Maize
Lucite® Code - 4620L
Dulux® Code - 93-96908

L - Teal Turquoise
Lucite® Code - 4629L
Dulux® Code - 181-97218
 
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 VC on a Pontiac would indicate the body finished in Mission Beige 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

Parchment
Lucite® Code - 9000L (semi-gloss)

Dark Turquoise
Lucite® Code - 9176LM (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9197LH (flat)

Medium Fawn
Lucite® Code - 9171LH (semi-gloss)

Medium Blue
Lucite® Code - 4630L (semi-gloss)

Dark Fawn
Lucite® Code - 9224LH (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9198LH (flat)

Dark Blue
Lucite® Code - 9172LH (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9194LH (flat)

Gunmetal
Lucite® Code - 4622L(semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9191LH (flat)
Red
Lucite® Code - 9183LM (semi-gloss)

Medium Green
Lucite® Code - 4633L (semi-gloss)

Dark Red
Lucite® Code - 9181LM (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9201LM (flat)

Dark Green
Lucite® Code - 9225LH (flat)

Black
Lucite® Code - 88 (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 4428L (flat)

Medium Turquoise
Lucite® Code - 4628L (semi-gloss)

 

NOTE: Unpolished LUCITE® will generally produce a gloss comparable to original interior semi-gloss finishes. If lower gloss is required, use2 oz. DuPont #4528 flattening compound to a pint of unreduced color.

Trunk Colors (spatter finish)

Turquoise = 389-256

 



 

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