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1966 Pontiac Tempest
The successful LeMans/Tempest saw relatively little change for 1966

1966 Pontiac Tempest

The successful LeMans/Tempest saw relatively little change for 1966 with the exception of smoother contours, including hopped-up "Coke-bottle" rear fenders and, on coupes and hardtops, "flying buttress" rear roof pillars astride recessed backlights.

The Sprint package was available to order on Tempest, Tempest Custom or LeMans. Along with a bigger 6 cylinder engine featuring 207hp and a Quadrajet 4-bbl, the package comes with a chromed low-restriction air cleaner, dressy cam cover, synchro 3-speed with a Hurst floor shifter, sports striping and special emblems.

 

 

1966 Pontiac Tempest Specifications & Production Numbers

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Tempest Series
233 69 4d Sedan - 6P $2,331 3,075 lbs 17,392
233 07 2d Coupe - 6P $2,278 3,040 lbs 22,266
233 35 4d Station Wagon - 6P $2,624 3,340 lbs 4,095
Tempest Custom
235 69 4d Sedan - 6P $2,415 3,100 lbs 23,988
235 39 4d Hardtop - 6P $2,547 3,195 lbs 10,996
235 07 2d Coupe - 6P $2,362 3,060 lbs 17,182
235 17 2d Hardtop - 6P $2,426 3,075 lbs 31,322
235 67 2d Convertible - 6P $2,655 3,170 lbs 5,557
235 35 4d Station Wagon - 6P $2,709 3,355 lbs 7,614
Tempest LeMans
237 39 4d Hardtop - 6P $2,701 3,195 lbs 13,891
237 07 2d Coupe - 6P $2,505 3,090 lbs 16,654
237 17 2d Hardtop - 6P $2,568 3,125 lbs 78,109
237 67 4d Station Wagon - 6P $2,806 3,220 lbs

13,080

Tempest GTO
242 07 2d Coupe - 5P $2,783 3,445 lbs 10,363
242 17 2d Hardtop - 5P $2,847 3,465 lbs 73,785
242 67 2d Convertible - 5P $3,082 3,555 lbs 12,798

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Tempest 115 in 206.4 in 58 in 58 in 6.95 x 14 (Hardtop & Convertible - 7.65 x 14)
Tempest Safari 115 in 203.6 in 58 in 58 in 6.95 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 & Station Wagon w/o wood grain 52 = Catalina & Ventura
35 = Custom Tempest & Station Wagon w/o wood grain 54 = 2 + 2
37 = LeMans 56 = Star Chief
39 = Safari Station Wagon w/ wood grain 62 = Bonneville
52 = Catalina & Ventura 66 = Grand Prix
Fourth & Fifth Symbol - Body Style
07 = two-door sedan 45 = station wagon three seat
11 = two-door sedan 57 = two-door hardtop
17 = two-door hardtop 67 = convertible
35 = station wagon two seat 69 = four-door sedan
37 = two-door hardtop 87 = two-door hardtop
39 = four-door hardtop  
Sixth Symbol - Last Digit Of The Model Year
6 = 1966
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

1966 Pontiac 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
WA 8-389 256 388 Manual 2 BC
WB 8-389 256 388 Manual 2 BC
WC 8-389 290 418 Manual 2 BC
WE 8-389 333 429 Manual 4 BC
WG 8-421 338 459 Manual 4 BC
WH 8-421 356 459 Manual 3 - 2 BC
WJ 8-421 376 461 Manual 3 - 2 BC
WK 8-421 338 459 Manual 4 BC
XA 8-389 260 388 Manual 2 BC
XB 8-389 260 388 Turbo Hydra-Matic 2 BC
XC 8-389 293 418 Turbo Hydra-Matic 2 BC
YA 8-389 256 388 Turbo Hydra-Matic 2 BC
YC 8-389 290 418 Turbo Hydra-Matic 2 BC
YD 8-389 290 418 Turbo Hydra-Matic 2 BC
YE 8-389 325 429 Turbo Hydra-Matic 4 BC
YF 8-421 338 459 Turbo Hydra-Matic 4 BC
YH 8-421 338 459 Turbo Hydra-Matic 4 BC
YJ 8-421 356 459 Turbo Hydra-Matic 3 - 2 BC
YK 8-421 376 461 Turbo Hydra-Matic 3 - 2 BC
YL 8-389 333 429 Turbo Hydra-Matic 4 BC
YM 8-421 375 461 Turbo Hydra-Matic 3 - 2 BC
YT 8-421 338 459 Turbo Hydra-Matic 4 BC
YU 8-389 290 418 Turbo Hydra-Matic 2 BC
YV 8-389 290 418 Turbo Hydra-Matic 2 BC
YW 8-389 325 429 Turbo Hydra-Matic 4 BC
YX 8-389 325 429 Turbo Hydra-Matic 4 BC
YZ 8-421 338 459 Turbo Hydra-Matic 4 BC

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
LA TempesTorque
LB TempesTorque
MA TempesTorque
MB TempesTorque
MC TempesTorque
NA TempesTorque
PA Turbo Hydra-Matic 400
PB Turbo Hydra-Matic 400
PC Turbo Hydra-Matic 400
PD Turbo Hydra-Matic 400
PG Turbo Hydra-Matic 400
PH Turbo Hydra-Matic 400
PQ Turbo Hydra-Matic 400

Axle Codes

Location Of Axle Codes: On flange end of axle shaft and on or near carrier.

Color - Non-Locking Color - Locking Ratio
UB VB 2.41
UC VC 2.56
UD VD 2.73
UE VE 2.93
UF VF 3.08
UG VG 3.23
UH VH 3.42
UJ VJ 3.55
UK VK 3.73
UM VM 4.11

Paint Codes - Exterior Colors

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

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

N - Burgundy
Lucite® Code - 4624LH
Dulux® Code - 181-97213M
B - Blue Charcoal
Lucite® Code - 4622L
Dulux® Code - 181-97211
P - Carrier Blue
Lucite® Code - 4760L
Dulux® Code - 181-98106

C - Cameo Ivory
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 - 181-97219

T - Martinique Bronze
Lucite® Code - 4706L
Dulux® Code - 181-97591

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 - Platinum
Lucite® Code - 4708L
Dulux® Code - 181-97593

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

Y - Candelite Cream
Lucite® Code - 4709L
Dulux® Code - 93-9794

L - Marina Turquoise
Lucite® Code - 4703L
Dulux® Code - 181-97561H

 

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 cross-rail in the engine compartment. Corvette paint code plate is on the instrument panel brace, below the glove compartment.
 

Paint Codes - Interior Colors

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

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

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

Medium Fawn
Lucite® Code - 9274L (semi-gloss)

Dark Turquoise
Lucite® Code - 9273LH (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9287LH (flat)
Dark Fawn
Lucite® Code - 9288LH (flat)
Medium Blue
Lucite® Code - 4630L (semi-gloss)
Medium Slate
Lucite® Code - 9269LH (semi-gloss)

Dark Blue
Lucite® Code - 9268LH (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9284LH (flat)

Dark Slate Gray
Lucite® Code - 9285LH (flat)

Red
Lucite® Code - 9183LM (semi-gloss)

Gunmetal
Lucite® Code - 4622L (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9191LH (flat)
Dark Red
Lucite® Code - 9181LM (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9201LM (flat)
Medium Green
Lucite® Code - 4633L (Semi-gloss)
Plum
Lucite® Code - 9179LM (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9200LM (flat)
Midnight Green
Lucite® Code - 4634L (semi-gloss)

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

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

Trunk Colors (spatter finish)

Turquoise = 389 - 256

Gray - Black = 389 - 259

1966 Pontiac Owner's Manual


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