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1965 Pontiac Grand Prix
The 1965 Grand Prix was being pushed away from performance and more towards a luxury automobile.

1965 Pontiac Grand Prix

1965 started the second generation for the Grand Prix. The Grand Prix was still the most distinctive of all the full-sized Pontiacs. The Grand Prix was being pushed away from performance and more towards luxury. The Grand Prix could now be optioned with a bench seat instead of the sportier buckets and console. An air slot grille with a unique aluminumized insert that incorporated rectangular parking lamps and fender skirts where among the few changes that made the Grand Prix distinct and stand out.




1965 Pontiac Grand Prix Production

Model Number Body/Style Number Body Type & Seating Factory Price Shipping Weight Total Production
Grand Prix Series 266
266 57 2d Hardtop Coupe - 5P $3,426 4,282 lbs 57,881
  • 1,973 had Synchromesh
  • 55,908 had Hydra-Matic

Chassis Data

Model Wheelbase Overall Length Front Tread Rear Tread Tires
Grand Prix 121 in 214.6 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

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

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)

Lucite® Code - 4622L(semi-gloss)
Lucite® Code - 9191LH (flat)
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)

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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