1969 Pontiac Mid-Size Cars Fact Sheet

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Small changes were made across the line. The two-door hardtops and convertibles now had ventless side windows while the 4-doors and sedans kept the “venti-pane” front side vent windows.

General Year Information

All mid-sized Pontiacs were mildly, facellfted with new or modified grille and taillight treatments. Two-door hardtops and convertibles now had ventless side window styling. Cars with six-cylinder engines had “OHC-6” badges on the body sill moldings.

The Sprint option was available for all six-cylinder Tempests, except station wagons.

The GTO received only minor changes, but the Judge option was released in December.

Models Offered

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Series 233: Tempests had a very mild facelift. A new grille and taillight treatments were created. Two-door hardtops and convertibles now had ventless side windows. Standard equipment on base models included all GM safety features, carpets, Morrokide accented upholstery trims and the OHC I-6 were standard. “Tempest” in script was placed on the leading edge of front lenders.

Series 235:  This model was now called the Custom “S” series. The front fender carried this designation in script. Standard equipment Included all Tempest features plus all-Morroklde upholstery, concealed windshield wipers, dual horns, ignition buzzer and panel courtesy lamps on convertibles. Cars with six-cylinder engines had “OHC-6” badges on the lower body sill moldings. Small hub caps were standard with other wheel and wheel coverings optional.

Series 237: LeMans models had all Custom S equipment plus a 3.23:1 rear axle ratio as standard. Also included were a Deluxe three-spoke steering wheel, “pulse” (intermittent) wipers, an interior lamp package and several seating choices: two­-door models were available with bucket or notch back seats, four-door hardtop buyers had a choice of bench or notch back seats with center arm rests. LeMans convertibles had power tops. “LeMans” in block lettering appeared on the front fender tips. LeMans models featured there were stainless metal window and wheel opening moldings.

Series 239: Safari wagons had wood-grained exterior paneling and, surprisingly, concealed headlamps “Safari” was placed on the fenders in script. The Safari was its own designation but usually included in the LeMans production as it was close to it that model in overall level of trim.

SERIES 242:  As usual, the GTO line was based on LeMans with additional standard equipment features including a 350 horsepower 400 CID V-8, dual exhausts, 3.55:1 rear axle ratio, heavy-duty clutch, three-speed manual transmission with floor shifter, Power-Flex cooling fan, sports type suspension with heavy duty springs and shock absorbers, redline wide oval tires, carpeting, Deluxe steering wheel, and choice of bucket or notch back seats.

Externally, a cross-hatched grille insert with horizontal divider bars appeared and hidden headlights were now standard. The “Endura” bumper remained. A “GTO” emblem was placed on the left-hand grille and on the right-hand side of deck lid, as well as behind the front wheel openings. Tail lamps were no longer completely surrounded by the bumper and the lenses had bright metal trim. Side marker lights were of a distinctive rectangular shape, instead of the triangular type used on other Tempests.

A special “The Judge” option was released on December 19, 1968. It included one of two available RAM AIR V-8s as standard equipment. Originally intended to be a lower price answer to the Plymouth Road Runner, that was nixed and it became a more expensive special offering.

 

Engines

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Tempest  I-6 – All Transmissions: Overhead valves. Cast iron block; overhead camshaft. Displacement: 250 cubic inches. Bore and stroke: 3.875 x 3.525 inches. Compression ratio: 9.0:1. Horsepower: 175 @ 4800 RPM. Torque: 240 @ 2600 RPM. Five main bearings. Hydraulic valve lifters. Camshaft Duration: Intake 240°, Exhaust 240°, Overlap 28°, Lift 0.400″. Carburetor: Rochester one-barrel model (manual transmission) 7029165 (manual transmission w/AC) 702809167 (automatic transmission) 70289166, (automatic transmission w/AC) 70289168.

Tempest  I-6 – Optional Automatic Transmission: Overhead valves. Cast iron block; overhead camshaft. Displacement: 250 cubic inches. Bore and stroke: 3.875 x 3.525 inches. Compression ratio: 10.5:1. Horsepower: 215 @ 5200 RPM. Torque: 255 @ 3800 RPM. Five main bearings. Hydraulic valve lifters. Camshaft Duration: Intake 244°, Exhaust 244°, Overlap 26°, Lift 0.438″. Carburetor: Rochester four-barrel model 7029260.

Tempest  I-6 – Optional Manual Transmission: Overhead valves. Cast iron block; overhead camshaft. Displacement: 250 cubic inches. Bore and stroke: 3.875 x 3.525 inches. Compression ratio: 10.5:1. Horsepower: 230 @ 5400 RPM. Torque: 260 @ 3600 RPM,. Five main bearings. Hydraulic valve lifters. Camshaft Duration: Intake 260°, Exhaust 260°, Overlap 42°, Lift 0.438″.  Carburetor: Rochester four-barrel model 7029261.

Tempest Base V-8 – All Transmissions: Cast Iron Block. Displacement: 350 CID. Bore and stroke: 3.8750″ x 3.75″ Compression ratio: 9.2:1. Horsepower: 265 @ 4600 RPM. Torque: 355 @ 2800 RPM. Five main bearings.  Hydraulic valve lifters. Camshaft Duration: Intake 269°, Exhaust 277°, Overlap 47°, Lift (intake) 0.376″; (exhaust) 0.412″. Carburetor: Rochester 2-barrel (manual transmission) 7028071 (automatic) 7029062.

Optional GTO 265 Horsepower  Economy V-8 – GTO , All Transmissions: Overhead valves. Cast iron block. Displacement: 400 CID. Bore and stroke: 4.125″ x 3.750″. Compression ratio: 8.6:1. Horsepower: 265 @ 4600 RPM. Torque: 397 @ 2400 RPM. Five main bearings. Hydraulic valve lifters. Camshaft Duration: Intake 269°, Exhaust 277°, Overlap 47°, Lift (intake) 0.376″; (exhaust) 0.412″. Carburetor:  Rochester two-barrel  Model 7029060.

Tempest Optional V-8 – All Transmissions: Cast Iron Block. Displacement: 350 CID. Bore and stroke: 3.8750″ x 3.75″ Compression ratio: 10.75:1. Horsepower: 330 @ 5100 RPM. Torque: 380 @ 3200 RPM. Five main bearings. Hydraulic valve lifters. Camshaft Duration:

  • (manual trans: Intake 301°, Exhaust 313°, Overlap 76°, Lift (intake) 0.413″; (exhaust) 0.414″;
  • (automatic trans: Intake 270°, Exhaust 289°, Overlap 54°, Lift (intake) 0.410″; (exhaust) 0.413″.

Carburetor: Rochester (manual transmission) 7029263, (automatic) 7029268.

Optional GTO 335 Horsepower V-8 – GTO: Overhead valves. Cast iron block. Displacement: 389 CID. Bore and stroke: 4.125″ x 3.750″. Compression ratio: 10.75:1. Horsepower: 350 @ 5000 RPM. Torque: 445 @ 3000 RPM. Five main bearings. Hydraulic valve lifters. Camshaft Duration: Intake 273°, Exhaust 289°, Overlap 54°, Lift (intake) 0.410″; (exhaust) 0.413″. Carburetor:  Rochester four-barrel (manual transmission) 7029263; (automatic transmission) 7029268.

Optional GTO 366 Horsepower Ram Air V-8 – GTO , All Transmissions: Overhead valves. Cast iron block. Displacement: 400 CID. Bore and stroke: 4.125″ x 3.750″. Compression ratio: 10.75:1. Horsepower: 366 @ 5100 RPM. Torque: 445 @ 3600 RPM. Five main bearings. Hydraulic valve lifters. Camshaft Duration:

  • (automatic trans) Intake 288°, Exhaust 302°, Overlap 63°, Lift (intake) 0.414″; (exhaust) 0.413″.
  • (manual trans) Intake 301°, Exhaust 313°, Overlap 76°, Lift (intake) 0.414″; (exhaust) 0.413″.

Carburetor:  Rochester four-barrel (manual transmission) 7028273; (automatic) 7028270.

Optional GTO 366 Horsepower Ram Air IV V-8 – GTO: Overhead valves. Cast iron block. Displacement: 400 CID. Bore and stroke: 4.125″ x 3.750″. Compression ratio: 10.75:1. Horsepower: 370 @ 5500 RPM. Torque: 445 @ 3900 RPM. Five main bearings. Hydraulic valve lifters. Camshaft Duration:Intake 308°, Exhaust 320°, Overlap 87°, Lift (intake) 0.520″; (exhaust) 0.50″. Carburetor:  Rochester four-barrel (manual transmission) 7029273; (automatic) 7029270.

More detailed information on the 1969 I-6 and 350 and 400 CID V-8 engines may be found in the Library’s 1969 Pontiac Mid-Size AMA Specifications Sheets. You may access the sheets HERE, or use the navigation on this page.

Chassis Features

    • Wheelbase: All Tem­pest/GTO 2-door: 112 inches; All Tempest 4-door & wagons: 116 inches..
    • Overall length:  (Tempest Safaris) 211.0 inches; (Tempest 4-door passenger cars) 205.5 inches; (Tempest 2-door & GTO) 201.5 inches
    • Front track: All: 61 inches.
    • Rear track: All Tempests: 60 inches.
    • Standard tires Tem­pest: 7.75 x 14 mounted on 14 x 5J rim wheels I-6; V-8 14 x 6J
    • Optional tires Tempest: 8.25 x 14 mounted on 14 x 5J rim wheels V-8
    • Standard tires GTO: G70 x 14 Nylon cord tires mounted on 14 x 6JK rim wheels
    • Optional tires GTO: F70 x 14 rayon cord white wall

Accessories

    • Adjustable front and rear shocks ($42).
    • Arctic wiper blades ($6).
    • Carpets ($19).
    • Console ($56).
    • Cordova top ($100-142).
    • Cruise control ($58).
    • Custom air-conditioner ($360).
    • Custom Sport steering wheel ($34-50).
    • Dual horns ($4).
    • Full floor carpeting ($53).
    • Front disc brakes ($63).
    • Gage cluster ($32).
    • Gage cluster, Rally with tachometer ($84).
    • Gage cluster, Rally($51).
    • GTO Rally Stripes ($14).
    • GTO retractable headlight covers ($53).
    • GTO type exhaust extensions ($21).
    • Heavy-duty aluminum front brake drums ($72).
    • Hood mounted tachometer ($63).
    • Instant air heater ($16).
    • Leather GP trim ($199).
    • Luggage carrier for station wagons ($63-84).
    • Passenger-side reclining bucket seat head restraint ($84).
    • Power brakes ($42).
    • Power disc front brakes ($64-74).
    • Power door locks ($45· 68).
    • Power rear antenna ($32).
    • Power seat, four-way, driver side ($70).
    • Power steering ($69).
    • Radio, AM/FM ($134).
    • Rally I wheels ($40-61).
    • Rally II wheel ($64-84).
    • Rally stripes on GTO ($11).
    • Rally stripes on Tempest ($13).
    • Recessed wipers on base Tempest ($19).
    • Safeguard speedometer ($16).
    • Station wagon luggage carrier ($63).
    • Station wagon rear window deflector ($26).
    • Super lift shocks for Tempest/GTO ($42).
    • Tilt wheel with power steering ($45).
    • Tinted windows ($35).
    • Tinted windshield ($26).
    • Wire wheel discs ($53-74).
    • Wonder Touch steering ($100-105).

Body Paint Color Codes

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1969 Pontiac Mid Size

  10 Starlight Black
  40 Mayfair Maize
  50 Cameo Ivory
  51 Liberty Blue
  52 Matador Red
  53 Warwick Blue
  55 Crystal Turquoise
  57 Midnight Green
  59 Limelight Green
  61 Expresso Brown
  63 Champagne
  65 Antique Gold
  67 Burgundy
  69 Palladium Silver
  72 Carousel Red
  73 Verdoro Green

Power Train Options

    • Three-speed manual transmission standard.
    • 175 HP OHC I-6 engine standard
    • Two-speed automatic transmission optional on all Tempests
    • T-350 Three-speed automatic transmission optional on all Tempests except Station Wagons
    • T-400 Three-speed automatic transmission optional on GTO, and all other V-8s
    • Four-speed manual transmission optional.
    • 215 & 230 HP OHC I-6 engine optional on all Tempests
    • 265 HP 350 CID V-8 optional In Tempest, Tempest Custom and Tempest  LeMans lines for  cars without the GTO option.
    • 330 HP 350 CID V-8 optional In Tempest, Tempest Custom and Tempest  LeMans lines for  cars without the GTO option.
    • 265 HP 400 CID “economy engine” optional on GTO
    • 350 HP 400 CID V-8 standard & exclusive to the GTO.
    • 366 HP 400 CID Ram Air V-8 optional on the GTO.
    • 370 HP 400 CID Ram Air IV V-8 optional on the GTO.
    • Close-ratio 4-speed manual box optional on the GTO and V-8 Tempests.

Powertrain Information

Three Speed Manual Transmission Ratios

    • I-6 1st – 2.85:1, 2nd – 1.68:1, 3rd – 1:1, Reverse – 2.95:1
    • 350 CID V-8: 1st – 2.54:1, 2nd – 1.50:1, 3rd – 1:1, Reverse – 2.63:1
    • 400 CID V-8 (Optional on 350 CID V-8): 1st – 2.42:1, 2nd – 1.61:1, 3rd – 1:1, Reverse – 2.33:1

  • Four Speed Manual Transmission Ratios
    • I-6 Wide Ratio: 1st – 2.85:1, 2nd – 2.02:1, 3rd – 1.46:1, 4th 1:1, Reverse – 2.85:1
    • V-8 Wide Ratio: 1st – 2.52:1, 2nd – 1.88:1, 3rd – 1.46:1, 4th 1:1, Reverse – 2.59:1
    • V-8 Close Ratio: 1st – 2.22:1, 2nd – 1.64:1, 3rd – 1.28:1, 4th 1:1, Reverse – 2.27:1

Automatic Transmission Ratios

    • Tempest I-6 & 350 CID 2-bbl: Low – 1.76:1, High – 1:1, Reverse – 1.76:1
    • Optional T-350 Tempest I-6 & 350 CID 2-bbl: 1st – 2.52:1, 2nd – 1.52:1, 3rd – 1:1, Reverse – 192:1 – Not available on Station Wagons
    • T-400 Standard GTO – Optional 350 CID: 1st – 2.48:1, 2nd – 1.48:1, 3rd – 1:1, Reverse – 2.08:1

Rear Gear Standard Ratios

    • See Page 4 in the 1969 Pontiac Mid-Size AMA Specifications Sheet for all potential ratios
    • See Page 17 in the 1969 Pontiac Mid-Size AMA Specifications Sheet for all standard/optional ratios

NOTE: For more powertrain information, access the 1969 Pontiac Mid-Size AMA Specifications Sheets HERE

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