1969 Chevrolet Bel Air: powerful and affordable

In 1969, the Chevrolet Bel Air has got another redesign. Changes affected wings, bumpers and body lines, but the chassis from 1965 remained unchanged. Bel Air significantly increases the length 219.9 inches with an unchanged wheelbase of 119 in. The base engine is offered with a V8 version of 237 cubic inches (5.4 liters) producing 235 hp (175 kW). Transmissions offered, starting with 2-speed Powerglide, ending Turbo Hydramatic, which are usually equipped with cars with a large V8 engine.

1969 was the last year for Bel Air coupe and station wagon in production.

1969 Chevrolet Bel Air review

1969 Chevrolet Bel Air review

Bel Air was in the middle of Chevy’s full-size sedans model range trio of Impala/Caprice/Bel Air/Biscayne family. It has a very wide engine range, from 250 cuin I6 to a massive 427 cubic inch big-block V8. Unlike the higher Impala, came with a wide variety of body style combinations, Bel Air was available only as sedan, coupe and station wagon (although being renamed to Brookwood/Townsman). Bucket seats, sport suspension for I6 engine and a few more minor options were available only for a higher Impala/Caprice cars.

1969 Chevrolet Bel Air booklet

The interior become more modern, “square shaped” with wide spoke steering wheel, unified with all other Chevrolet cars, including even 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle. Overall interior design become more modern, however doesn’t lost its spartaneese look, especially on the lowest trims. Most cars even doesn’t have power windows.

1969 Chevrolet Bel Air engines

Engine line up didn’t differ much compared to the previous year Bel Airs, however since 1967, those cars became the true power maniacs, with 427 cubic inch engines available for install.

So, the engine range for 1969 Chevy Bel Air is following: starting with a 250 cubic inch (4.1L) I6 producing 155 HP and 235 HP V8 with displacement of 327 cu in (5.4L), 235 HP as the most affordable variants. Optionally you could put to Bel Air almost any V8 of the GM arsenal – there was six engine options! The first one is 350 cubic inch (5.7 liter) V8 producing 255 or 300 HP, the second is 6.4L (396 cu in) engine with 265 hp, and a buch of massive 427 cubic inch 7-liters eights – 335, 390 and 425 HP.

1969 Chevrolet Bel Air engine
The gearbox range including 4 options: 3 or 4 speed manual, 2-speed automatic Powerglide (for 6-cylinder) and 3-speed Turbo Hydramatic automatic transmission, available with all engine range.

1969 Chevrolet Bel Air images