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1968 Pontiac Catalina
The 1968 Pontiac Catalina Convertible had Morrokide seats.

1968 Pontiac Catalina

Peripheral front bumper, pointed nose, split grille, new interior, revised instrument panel, and redesigned taillights were the new styling features of the 1968 Pontiac Catalina. The Catalina's safety features included the standard GM equipment. They had a cigar lighter, glove box and ashtray lights, wood-grained dash trim, carpeting, concealed two-speed wipers, and a 2-barrel carburetor was also standard. The Catalina convertibles and station wagons had Morrokide seats and the nine passenger station wagon had a power window in the tailgate. Catalinas still had the Ventura Custom trim option, some with bucket seats and other with bench seats, which gave you a special interior trim and "Ventura" lettering on the front fenders were it would say "Catalina" normally.


1968 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 $3,004 3,888 lbs 94,441
252 39 4d Hardtop - 6P $3,158 4,012 lbs 41,727
252 11 2d Sedan - 6P $2,945 3,839 lbs 5,247
252 87 2d Hardtop - 6P $3,089 3,943 lbs 92,217
252 67 2d Convertible - 5P $3,391 3,980 lbs 7,339
252 45 4d Station Wagon - 9P $3,537 4,408 lbs 13,363
252 35 4d Station Wagon - 6P $3,390 4,327 lbs 21,848


  • 240,971 Catalinas were built
  • 2,257 had Synchromesh and 238,714 had Hydra-Matic
  • 35,211 Catalina Station Wagons were built
  • 289 had Synchromesh and 34,922 had Hydra-Matic

Model Series Identification

25269 - 4d Sedan - 6P 25267 - 2d Convertible - 5P
25239 - 4d Hardtop - 6P 25245 - 4d Station Wagon - 9P
25211 - 2d Sedan - 6P 25235 - 4d Station Wagon - 6P
25287 - 2d Hardtop - 6P  

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Catalina 121 in 216.5 in 63 in 64 in Not Available
Catalina Station Wagon 121 in 217.8 in 63 in 64 in Not Available

VIN Decoding

First Symbol - Manufacturer
2 = Pontiac
Second & Third Symbol - Series
23 = Firebird 42 = GTO
33 = Tempest (Std.) & Station Wagon (Std.) w/o wood grain 52 = Catalina, 2+2, & Ventura
35 = Tempest (Custom) & Station Wagon (Custom) w/o wood grain 56 = Executive
37 = LeMans 62 = Bonneville
39 = Safari Station Wagon w/ wood grain 66 = Grand Prix
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
8 = 1968
Seventh Symbol - Assembly Plant
(A) Atlanta, Georgia (P) Pontiac, Michigan
(B) Baltimore, Maryland (R) Arlington, Texas
(C) Southgate, California (V) Lordstown, Ohio
(E) Linden, New Jersey (X) Kansas City, Kansas
(G) Framingham, Massachusetts (Z) Fremont, California
(K) Kansas City, Missouri (1) Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
(L) Van Nuys, California (2) St. Therese, Quebec, Canada
(N) Norwood, Ohio  
Last Six Symbols - Production Sequence
Started at 100001

1968 Pontiac Catalina Options

Description Description
Custom Air Conditioner AM/FM Stereo
Auxiliary Gauge Panel Split Back Seat (station wagon)
Console Hood Mounted Tachometer
Remote-Control Deck Lid Strato Bucket Seats
Rear Window Defogger Wire Wheel Discs
Door Guards Heavy-Duty 15-inch Wheels
Electric Clock Aluminum Hubs & Drums
Head Restraints Rally II Wheels
Custom Gear Shift Knob Turbo Hydra-Matic Transmission
Underhood Utility Light 4-Speed Manual Transmission
Visor Vanity Mirror 3-Speed Manual Transmission (close-ratio)
Power Brakes 4-Speed Manual Transmission (close-ratio)
Power Antenna 400-cid/256-hp 2-Barrel V-8
Power Bucket Seat (driver's side) 400-cid/350-hp 4-Barrel V-8
Power Steering 428-cid/375-hp 4-Barrel V-8
Power Windows 428-cid/390-hp 4-Barrel V-8
Power Vent Windows Safe-T-Track Differential
Dual Exhaust  

1968 Pontiac Catalina 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 8-400 290 428 Manual 2 BC
WB 8-400 290 428 Manual 2 BC
WG 8-428 375 472 Manual 4 BC
WJ 8-428 390 465 Manual 4 BC
XH 8-400 350 445 Turbo Hydra-Matic 4 BC
XZ 8-400 350 445 Manual 4 BC
YA 8-400 265 397 Turbo Hydra-Matic 2 BC
YC 8-400 290 428 Turbo Hydra-Matic 2 BC
YE 8-400 340 445 Turbo Hydra-Matic 4 BC
YH 8-428 375 472 Turbo Hydra-Matic 4 BC
YK 8-428 390 465 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 & on some models on the left side of converter housing.
Powerglide Stamped on a metal tag located on the right side of the transmission.
3-Speed Painted or stamped on the transmission case.
4-Speed Painted or stamped on the transmission case.
Plant and Type Designation Prefix Plant Transmission Type
A Cleveland Manual Powerglide
B Cleveland Turbo Hydra-Matic
C Cleveland Powerglide
CA Hydra-Matic Turbo Hydra-Matic
D Saginaw Overdrive
E McKinnon Powerglide
H Muncie 3-Speed
K McKinnon 3-Speed
L GM of Canada Turbo Hydra-Matic
M Muncie 3-Speed & Overdrive
N Muncie 4-Speed
O Saginaw Overdrive
P Warner Gear 3 & 4-Speed
P Muncie 4-Speed
R Saginaw 4-Speed
R Muncie 4-Speed
S Muncie 3-Speed
S Saginaw 3-Speed
T Toledo Powerglide
X Cleveland Turbo Hydra-Matic
Y Toledo Turbo Hydra-Matic

Axle Codes

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

Color - Non-Locking Color - Locking Ratio
UA VA 2.29
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
  VJ 3.55
  VK 3.73
  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 - Flambeau Burgundy Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4915LH
Dulux® Code - 4915DM

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

P - Springmist Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4897L
Dulux® Code - 4897D

D - Alpine Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4892L
Dulux® Code - 4892D

Q - Verdoro Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4947LH
Dulux® Code - 4947DH

E - Aegena Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4899L
Dulux® Code - 4899D

R - Solar Red
Lucite® Code - 4948LH
Dulux® Code - 4948DH

F - Nordic Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4901L
Dulux® Code - 4901D

T - Primavera Beige
Lucite® Code - 4895L
Dulux® Code - 4895D

G - April Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4896L
Dulux® Code - 4896D
V - Nightshade Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4898L
Dulux® Code - 4898D
K - Meridian Turquoise Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4900L
Dulux® Code - 4900D
Y - Mayfair Yellow
Lucite® Code - 4620L
Dulux® Code - 93-96908

L - Aleutian Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4893L
Dulux® Code - 4893D

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 EC on a Pontiac would indicate the body finished in Aegena Blue Metallic 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

Lucite® Code - 9482L (semi-gloss)

Dark Turquoise Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9471LH (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9454LH (flat)

Medium Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9478L (semi-gloss)

Dark Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9463LH (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9452LH (flat)

Dark Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9480L (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9456L (flat)
Lucite® Code - 4688LH (semi-gloss)
Midnight Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9489L (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9459L (flat)

Dark Red
Lucite® Code - 9385LH (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9201LM (flat)

Dark Teal Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9467LH (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9453LH (flat)

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 1/2 oz. DuPont #4528S flattening compound to a pint of unreduced color.

Striping Colors

Lucite® Code - 88L

Lucite® Code - 4024L

Lucite® Code - 4688LH

Trunk Colors (spatter finish)

Black - Gray - Aqua 389 - 259

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