One of Americas, if not the world’s most iconic cars, the Chevy Impala came into becoming an idol for many car lovers and especially muscle car enthusiasts with its 1969 rendition of the car. Part of the fourth generation of the Chevrolet Impala, it became arguably the best model in the series of that time. It produced over 611,000 units and topped Caprice production.
The Chevrolet Super Sport (SS) model has become the company’s mark of performance on many of its cars in production. The Chevrolet Impala SS was brought into the market in 1961 and continued until the Chevrolet Impala 1969 model, which is the best model in the series. The SS series in general offered customers a variety of high performing engines to choose from and the Impala SS was no exception, and as aforementioned, was the SS Impalas best model with a production model of the SS series being one of the rarest collectible cars ever.
1969 Chevy Impala
The 1969 Chevrolet Impala was the 11th official Impala released. The 1969 Impala retained a lot of the signature features of the 1968 model but had a noticeable physical alteration. The sides were now more flat sided or more colloquially known as ‘slab-sided’. This ‘slab-siding’ was not just limited to the Impala, however. Chevrolet made this alteration to most of their big models releasing that year; this was a move to make Chevrolet cars have a signature Chevrolet look.
It overall gave a much more stern look to the car and brought with it a sense of formality. The 1969 Impala was the car you would expect to see outside of popular restaurants and business buildings. The rear quarter window was adjusted vertically too. The bumpers in this model now hugged the grille and horizontal lights on the back bumpers.
1969 Chevrolet Impala Pictures
Chevrolet Impala 1969 Interior
With the standard bucket seat dominating the interior the Impala heralds the style of its time. The wooden lining steering wheel and the radio board the 1969 Impala looked very classy. The dials and buttons made it very functional while still retaining its style.
1969 Chevrolet Impala SS
The Chevrolet Impala SS featured the series’ most powerful cars. The 1969 model was only offered in the z24 or SS427 model, only coming with the 427-cubic-inch 7 liter engine. The v8 engine gave a horsepower of 335,390, or the final 425 with powers of 250 kW, 290 kW and 317 kW. The 1969 model was the only SS model with the Impala script on the interior and fenders.
However, the only distinctive feature of it being an SS model was the ‘SS’ inscription on the steering wheel. The 1969, true SS427 model is one of the rarest of collectible cars available. This was the last year that Chevrolet would offer the Impala SS model, so they went all out with this. It was not until 1994 that Chevrolet offered the SS model again.