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1968 Pontiac Firebird
The 1968 Pontiac Firebird underwent few changes for its second year.

1968 Pontiac Firebird

The 1968 Pontiac Firebird underwent few changes for its second year. The changes Pontiac engineers did make included the loss of the side vent windows that where replaced by a one-piece side door glass window, and the exterior also gained fender marker lights. The interior was revised and the rear suspension was refined with the adoption of staggered shocks and the use of new multi-leaf rear springs. The big news again was under the hood as the standard 400 engine gained another 5 horse to make 330 while the Ram Air engine was rated at 335 hp. In mid year, it was replaced by the 340 hp Ram Air II. Newly available was a a 400 V8, named the HO (High Output) that was between the two other engines. It too was rated at 335 hp. On the other side of the engine line, the 230 I6 was replaced by a new 250 I6 and the 326 V8s were replaced by new 350 V8s. Performance was definitely the key at Pontiac.

 

1968 Pontiac Grand PrixProduction Numbers

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Grand Prix Series 266
223 37 2d Hardtop - 5P $2,781 3,061 lbs 90,152
223 67 2d Convertible - 5P $2,996 3,346 lbs 16,960

1968 Firebird Engine Options

  • 250 six rated at 175 hp.
  • 250 six rated at 215hp.
  • 350 V8 with 320 hp.
  • 400 V8 rated at 330 hp.
  • 400 V8 Ram Air Ram Air engine was rated at 335 hp. "This option had a cost of just over $600 the base cost!" Note: This motor was later replaced in the year by the Ram Air II 340 hp.

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

Paint Codes - Exterior Colors

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

10 - Starlight Black
Lucite® Code - 88l
Dulux® Code - 93-005

65 - Antique Gold Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5010L
Dulux® Code - 5010D

40 - Mayfair Maize
Lucite® Code - 5036L
Dulux® Code - 5036D

67 - Burgundy Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5063LH
Dulux® Code - 5063DH

50 - Cameo Ivory
Lucite® Code - 5033L
Dulux® Code - 5033D

69 - Paladium Silver Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5032L
Dulux® Code - 5032D

51 - Liberty Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5016L
Dulux® Code - 5016D

72 -Carousel Red
Lucite® Code - 5021LM
Dulux® Code - 5021DH

52 - Matador Red
Lucite® Code - 5009LH
Dulux® Code - 5009DM

73 - Verdoro Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5066LH
Dulux® Code - 5066DH

53 - Warwick Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5015L
Dulux® Code - 5015D

76 - Goldenrod Yellow
Lucite® Code - 5026LH
Dulux® Code - 5026D

55 - Crystal Turquoise Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5014L
Dulux® Code - 5014D

86 - Claret Red Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5074LH
Dulux® Code - 5074DH
57 - Midnight Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5013L
Dulux® Code - 5013D
87 - Windward Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 4962L
Dulux® Code - 4962D
59 - Limelight Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5012L
Dulux® Code - 5012D
88 - Nocturne Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5075L
Dulux® Code - 5075D

61 - Expresso Brown Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5011L
Dulux® Code - 5011D

89 - Castillian Bronze Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5076LH
Dulux® Code - 5076DH

63 - Champagne Metallic
Lucite® Code - 5064L
Dulux® Code - 5064D

 
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 10-50 on a Pontiac would indicate the body finished in Starlight Black 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

Medium Gold
Lucite® Code - 9594L (semi-gloss)

Dark Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9586LH (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9578LH (flat)

Dark Gold
Lucite® Code - 9590L (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9583L (flat)

Medium Red
Lucite® Code - 9528LH (semi-gloss)

Midnight Green Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9593LH (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9582LH (flat)

Dark Red
Lucite® Code - 9429LM (semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9580LM (flat)

Medium Blue Metallic
Lucite® Code - 9585LH (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 1/2 oz. DuPont #4528S flattening compound to a pint of unreduced color.

Trunk Colors (spatter finish)

Black - Gray - Aqua 389 - 259

 

 


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