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Chevrolet Impala


1969 Chevrolet Biscayne, Bel Air, Impala, and Caprice
Styling changes to the 1969 Chevrolet Impala and other full-size Chevys gave the line a bigger, more imposing look.
Styling changes to the 1969 Chevrolet Impala and other full-size Chevys gave the line a bigger, more imposing look.

The 1969 Chevrolet Impala and other full-size cars were redesigned to give them a sculptured look on their bodysides and a slightly longer appearance overall, but kinship to prior models was obvious. Wheelbases remained at 119 inches -- just three inches longer than four-door Chevelles.

Reshaped fenders bulged around each wheel well. Rectangular taillights went within a thinner rear bumper. A freshened grille flanked by four deep-mounted headlights were framed by a thin bumper.

The 1969 Chevrolet Impala was the only full-size Chevy with a convertible option.
The 1969 Chevrolet Impala was the only full-size Chevy with a convertible option.

"We're out to put everybody on Easy Street," the sales brochure insisted. Impalas had Hide-A-Way wipers and vinyl-insert bodyside moldings. Biscaynes and Bel Airs again rounded out the full-size lineup, which also included the posh Caprice. Impala and Caprice coupes had a new option: an electric rear-window defogger. Ignition switches were mounted on the steering columns.

Base engine remained a 155-horsepower, 250-cubic-inch six, but the bottom-end V-8 grew to 327 cubic inches and 235 horsepower. Once again the Super Sport was an engine/trim package that cost $422. A total of only 2,455 were ordered on the Impala Custom Coupe, Sport Coupe, and convertible. A 390-horsepower, 427-cubic-inch engine gave each Super Sport model an SS 427 designation.

In-between options included 255- and 300-horsepower versions of the 350-cubic-inch V-8, as well as a 265-horsepower 396.

1969 Chevrolet Biscayne, Bel Air, Impala, and Caprice Facts

Model
Weight range (lbs.)
Price range (new)
Number built
Biscayne3,530-4,170
$2,645-$3,169
68,700 (approx.)
Bel Air
3,540-4,230
$2,745-$3,345
156,700 (approx.)
Impala
3,640-4,285
$2,911-$3,465
777,000 (approx.)
Caprice
3,815-4,300
$3,294-$3,678
166,900 (approx.)