69 Chevelle For Sale

Published: 05th August 2010
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The Chevelle burst onto the automotive scene in the 1964 model year as a sedan, a station wagon, a convertible, and, most notably, a coupe. The coupe body style was the basis for the Chevelle SS, an important vehicle during the muscle car era. The Chevelle lineup was an instant success that offered a little of something for everyone.

In 1966, Chevrolet completely redesigned the frame that they had used the two years prior. In those first two years, the performance of a Chevelle with the more powerful engines had exposed some weaknesses in that initial design. At first, Chevrolet discussed the possibility of scaling back the engine lineup in order to make do with the frame as it was. In retrospect, that would have likely been a fatal decision.

Fortunately, Chevrolet decided against that approach. Just two years in, Chevrolet also felt that the Chevelle's current body style was outdated. The new "Coke-bottle" form was coming into fashion, and Chevrolet didn't like the look of the Chevelle body in comparison. Therefore, they saw this as the perfect opportunity to kill two birds with the one proverbial stone.

In 1967, none of the changes were as dramatic as a new frame, but there were quite a few of them. Chevrolet further tweaked last year's new frame, which provided drivability improvements across the entire range of Chevelles, but was particularly noticeable with the SS models. A government mandate to add an energy-absorbing steering column afforded the Chevrolet division an opportunity to redesign the steering column. Improvements in this area were particularly noticeable in the muscled Chevelles at high speed. The 67s also got a reworked bumper, a blackout tail panel, aggressive tires, 14-inch wheels, and front disc brakes.

Also in 1967, Chevrolet designated the SS as its own car, and that continued with the 1968 model. With the 1968 Chevelle, Chevrolet changed the body style again. This time they emphasized the Coke-bottle form even more dramatically, and they added a semi-fastback roofline for the hardtop coupe models. In late 1967, a new federal mandate required automakers to install shoulder belts, and Chevrolet added these belts at the end of the 1968 Chevelle's run. This is why you'll encounter some '68s with and without the shoulder belts.

Chevrolet offered the 1969 Chevelle for sale in a handful of trims: Chevelle 300, Chevelle Nomad, Chevelle Concourse, and the Chevelle Malibu. In addition, with the 1969 Chevelle for sale, Chevrolet dropped the SS396 series, and the Super Sport was once again a Chevelle performance option. For the 1969 Chevelle for sale, customers could order the SS option on the 2-door sedan, on the 300 Deluxe 2-door Sport Coupe, on the Malibu 2-door Sport Coupe, on the Malibu Convertible, and on the El Camino.

In addition, every 1969 Chevelle for sale included the new locking steering column that the federal government had recently mandated. Despite Chevy dropping the SS396 designation, the 1969 Chevelle for sale with the Super Sport package included the 396 cubic-inch V8 standard. Customers also had the option of upgrading to the 402 cubic-inch V8 engine. Most of the other Chevelle models came standard with a 230-cubic-inch 140-horsepower 6-cylinder. The primary upgrade option was a 250-cubic-inch 155-horsepower 6-cylinder. However, although Chevrolet didn't market it as such, a customer could have any Chevelle engine in any of the Chevelle models.

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