New for 1966 Pontiacs All New Over Head Cam Engine.
First’s Achieved by PMD with the OHC engine; First US Production 6 with OHC design First Belt Driven Camshaft on an American engine.
This LeMans has the optional Sports Package / SPRINT OPTION This factory installed option, Dealer code #332. With a base price around $125.00 included the following: 230 cid L-6 overhead cam engine with a 3.875 Bore & 3.250 stroke. Rated at 207 Horsepower @5200 RPM and 10.5:1 compression. Specially designed head, Intake & exhaust manifolds as well as a 650 cfm 4bbl Rochester Quadra-jet Carburetor with the exhaust piped out a 2.25 inch system with special muffler and resonator. Available on all Tempest & Lemans models, Exc. SW.
OHC development started at the end of 1961 in hopes to start production in 1964. John Z. Delorean and the Pontiac design team made several prototypes before 1966, look up 1964 Pontiac Banshee.
1967 Pontiac introduced the all new Firebirds with OHC,
1967 also offered the 4bbl OHC engine option on wagons, Not listed as a Sprint/sports package.
1968 brought the release of a newly re-designed 250 cid engine.
The package also included standard 3 speed manual transmission with optional automatic or 4 speed transmissions. Specific axle gear ratios and Heavy duty suspension, with most parts borrowed from the GTO.
Exterior treatment consisted of OHC/Sprint 6 fender badges and body side tri-striping available in Red, Black or White. Or you could order Stripe Delete.
1969 was the last year for the OHC engine. For more details see your local Pontiac Dealer.
Wow, can't believe it's August already. Man time fly's.
Hope you all are having good cruising weather!
It's been cooling down a bit but we were hitting the triple digits a few weeks back, Thankfully the O'l Cammer hasn't let me down and has been running well in our lovely high humidity summer. Just patiently waiting for the cooler months ahead.
azmusclecar on Feb 9, 2015 said:
I have to be one of the first to give you a thumbs up since I too own an OHC 6, except mine is in the 39th car built, a Tempest, with three on the tree and the very same color as yours. I had to go to my garage to see if mine was still there. I have a lot to do to my car, the body is in very good shape, with both original paint, and original primer and now with some new primer. The OHC 6 was just overhauled and week by week I work on it. It has a bench seat and rubber floor mat as well. I bet you get a lot of questions about the engine at car shows. That engine is a real crowd draw since many have been scrapped and some haven't ever seen one in their life. Glad to see what my project hopes to become someday.[Reply to this comment]
Anonymous on Mar 1, 2015 said:
Hey great engine bay pic, look at that...power steering, power brakes, AND AIR CONDITIONING!!! As the song sings: GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY..... And that four barrel sitting there ready to feed it. I hope my engine bay will look this way AND this nice someday......... You've set the bar high .....thanks for the goal.!![Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Mar 2, 2015 said:
I'm not sure how many OHC 6 owners know it, or maybe readers of this website but there is a forum designed for the OHC6 owners which takes in Tempests, Lemans and Firebirds from 1966-1969. If you know of someone with an OHC6 or own one yourself, find out what all the chatter is about. This car by Jeff and Marie would be an exceptional example of the OHC6 breed.[Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Jul 30, 2015 said:
Yea, everytime I see this engine bay it makes me sick...............sick to look at mine......LOL!!
I can't seem to find the time to even detail mine...maybe a winter project........I'm enjoying driving my OHC6 with 4 speed too much. My dog won't allow me to do much to HIS car. He owns the back seat and proudly prevents anyone from coming close to it while he's out for his ride.[Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Aug 9, 2015 said:
Wow Jeff, I'm not sure if your order sheet was posted before or not.......amazing to see the options on your OHC6. Base price 2,600 with 1,300 in options! WOW! When I saw the word "LOADED"...that was an understatement. Most salespeople back in the day would suggest you just spend less money and get a GTO. But evidently someone knew what they wanted and stuck to their guns ordering this. I do enjoy seeing small items listed like the visor mirror.......... you could really PERSONALIZE a vehicle back then. I miss spending hours across the desk from a knowledgeable salesperson checking off boxes and negotiating options and prices and then getting up, and going to another dealer with your build sheet, handing it to them when they offered the car for less. Fun Fun Fun.........those days are gone.[Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Sep 20, 2015 said:
I'm visiting your OHC6 again since I no longer own mine.
A 65 year old retired GM/Pontiac mechanic who cut his teeth and spun his first wrench on a Pontiac Tempest bought mine to do a full restoration.
It was bittersweet to see it go, yet I know this car is in the hands of a man who wants to fulfill a dream in his golden years.
I'll keep coming back to view yours Jeff and Marie. Please keep your OHC6 alive and well. I'll need to live through yours vicariously.[Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Dec 1, 2015 said:
Well Jeff.....I feel your pain having spent many a winter in PA. I'm in Arizona now but will be bringing my new (new to me) OHC6 Tempest back to PA. Yes I went out and got a replacement for my other OHC6 which went to a worthy mechanic to restore. I'm making mine roadworthy here in warm AZ, for an upcoming road trip from AZ to PA. May sound crazy but at my age, people expect crazy so why not fulfill their expectations. My new OHC6 drove fine for 900 miles from San Jose to Tucson. Mine will never be as nice as yours, but I use yours as the benchmark by which others are judged. So put your trophy winner in hibernation and let it rest.[Reply to this comment]
Anonymous on Feb 15, 2016 said:
Is the party over ?[Reply to this comment]
Anonymous on Apr 10, 2016 said:
Also had a 1966 sprint , blue charcoal fully loaded like yours with a reverb feature on the radio KR[Reply to this comment]
Anonymous on Apr 10, 2016 said:
Also had a blk vynl top 4 barrel rochester and hurst 4 speed !
KR[Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on May 30, 2016 said:
I just had mine out for about a 100 mile road trip. A bit toasty here in Tucson without A/C. The vinyl seats and steering wheels reminds you fo the good ol' summertime when you hopped in wearing shorts and you starting doing back arches to get your butt off the seat and then grab the steering wheel which is just as hot to brace yourself and your hands get burnt.........ah yes........the good ol' summertime......... My car ran well and got a few thumbs up. The ladies gave me the thumbs down........:-([Reply to this comment]
azmusclecar on Sep 8, 2016 said:
Congrats on the ANTIQUE award........it was for the car right???????????? As I get ready to go back to Arizona to work the winter months on my OHC Tempest I still have yours as my benchmark. My intended projects won't bring it anywhere near your car's level of perfection but for me......I have always been a meat and taterz kind of guy when others are having surf and turf. The uniqueness of my Tempest with the OHC is what I like showing at car shows. Hope you had a great driving season with your car and its always nice to cap it off with a dinner with your child. Enjoy the fall driving weather. Hopefully the AZ thermometer will soon be a bit more kind when I get there and the fun begins............[Reply to this comment]