1969 Chevelle SS History

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1969 Chevelle SS History

The looks of the 1969 Chevelle SS are clean and mean. Subtle changes include new redesigned taillamps and fender marker lights, also new are SS 396 name plates at the rear of the front fenders. For 1969 the SS 396 is offered as a separate $347.60 option package (Z25), and becomes available to all the other models, including the 300-series, the Malibu, as well as the El Camino.

Muscle car fever is at full swing and the Chevelle SS with its powerful L78 - 375 horsepower optional engine is definitely a no sleeper. The base engine is again the L35 - 396 cid / 325 bhp and the L34 - 396 cid / 350 bhp is also available. Chevrolet in conjunction with COPO and a few selected dealers, installed a massive 425 bhp / 427 cid motor (L72) for approximately 320 favorable customers.

For 1969 the M40, three-speed Turbo Hydra-matic transmission is the only automatic available for the SS 396 package, and proves to be solid enough to play along with any of the 396 engine offerings. The M22 (Rock-Crusher) heavy duty four-speed tranny was the only manual transmission choice available for the almighty L78 powerplant.