'65 GTO paint code
Hello everyone. New member. I ran across this thread, and joined up in the event I might be able to add something to the conversation. I own a '65 GTO hardtop, which my brother purchased in the spring of '73, and I bought it in 1980. It's been apart for 25 years now, and was in the process of a frame-off restoration a few years back. After 27 months, the restoration shop quit working on it, and wrote me off in a bankruptcy. Still have the car, and it still needs restored.
Anyway, the car is Tiger Gold, black vinyl top, parchment interior (looks just like the Hurst contest car, right down to the hood locks), WS code 389, tri-power, 4-speed. The paint code on my car is 2-2. There was an article in Pontiac magazine several years ago, breaking down the various codes for the sixty-fives. They touched on the issue with the special paint codes, indicating that, if the upper and lower body colors were the same, the VIN plate might be stamped "SPEC" for the paint code. However, if the upper body color was different, a numerical designation was used for the lower body color, rather than a letter designation. The article did not offer any information regarding which number corresponded with which optional color, nor did it address the various special colors.
Several years ago, I had the pleasure of speaking at length with Jim Wangers, and Pete McCarthy (Angeles & McCarthy race team, '69 GTO) at the Ames Performance Pontiac shindig in Norwalk, Ohio. Pete McCarthy is a walking encyclopedia when it comes to Pontiac. I only wish I would have written down everything he told me. The "2" for the lower body color is Tiger Gold. One of the numerical designations was for the "Firefrost Silver". There was even a numerical code for a car to be "primer only"; no paint from the factory.
The photos of the door jamb and underside of the deck lid almost look like Carousel Red, but I don't remember that being one of the options. I didn't think they came out with that until '67, as a special paint option on Firebird. If there was a way to get in touch with Mr. McCarthy, I'm sure he could go a long way towards clearing this up.
I threw in a photo of my VIN tag, which the guy at the restoration shop was "kind enough" to remove.