1969 Chevrolet Impala Review Mar 9, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
Among classic cars, the 1969 Chevy Impala is one of the favorites. The Impala has been around for years, with its first few generations lasting from 1958 to 1985. It then went back into production for 1994, 1995, and 1996 model years and made a so-far permanent return for the 2000 model years. Even with so many Impalas throughout Chevrolet’s history, the 1969 model is among the favorites of all car collectors. This was part of the fourth generation and is known for its sporty styling.
Different from the 1968 Model
The 1969 Impala was redesigned to appear larger than it actually was. It maintained the 119-inch wheelbase from the previous year but looked a bit bigger thanks to styling elements such as wraparound bumpers. It also had a new body that was slab-sided and featured a small upsweep near the rear quarter window. The 1969 model also saw the elimination of the power vent as a way to reduce highway noise. This also helped GM sell more models with air conditioning, boosting their profits. Finally, the 1969 Impala had the ignition switch on the steering column as opposed to the dash.
Engines and Transmissions
Even in 1969, the Chevrolet Impala was available with an incredible range of engines. There were Turbo-Fire 327, 350 V8, and 350 engines, as well as a Turbo-Thrift 250 Six and Turbo-Jet 396 or 427 options. Depending on the engine you find in a 1969 Impala, you may get up to 390 horsepower. The least powerful engine was the Turbo-Thrift 250 Six, with only 155 horsepower, while the rest all generated at least 235 horses. You may also find a 1969 Impala with one of five different transmissions, including 3- and 4-speed fully synchronized transmissions and a special 3-speed manual.
Impala SS and Other Body Styles
There were several different versions of the 1969 Impala. The Super Sport or SS version required an option. It was known as the Z24 and was the only model with the Turbo-Jet engine, featuring a 427 ci displacement. The Impala Z24 was available as the custom coupe, coupe, sport, or convertible. Chevrolet offered the 1969 Impala in more than just these body styles if you didn’t want to stick to the Z24. Overall, you could get a 4-door sedan, 4-door hardtop sport sedan, 2-door hardtop sport coupe, 2-door convertible, 4-door Kingwood Wagon, or 2-door Formal Top Custom Coupe.
The Impala has always been ahead of its time, offering options that many other vehicles didn’t have. Available features like the AM/FM Push Button Radio with stereo, speed and cruise control, and power trunk opener helped set it apart. You may also find a 1969 version of the Impala with an adjustable roof rack, floor-mounted shift lever, hide-a-way wipers, and vinyl roof.