Here’s a rare beast for those who like full-size brute power – The 1969 Chevy Impala Custom Coupe (a 2 door featuring a more formal roof) with SS 427 package.
The SS package was only available on the Sport Coupe, Convertible and the Custom Coupe you see here. 1969 was to be the last time we were to see an Impala SS for 25 years.
As you’d expect on an Impala, the triple taillight arrangement was once again one of the features that distinguished it from the lesser Biscayne and Bel Air models.
Full-size Chevrolets were the only cars in the line-up to receive substantial exterior changes during the ’69 model year. The new slab-sided bodies had grown an inch while retaining the wheelbase at 119 inches. Slight flaring at the wheel housings gave them a bit more of a sporty look.
SS identification was minimal this year. The only identification in the interior was the SS badge in the center of the steering wheel. An all-vinyl interior with bucket seats and a center console were part of the SS package.
The exterior had SS badges in the grille, on the deck lid and on the sides of the front fenders. The only small sign that these cars had something a bit more special under the hood were the “427” badges on top of the side marker lights.
1969 saw Chevrolet change the base V8 of their full-size cars from a 307 to the 327 cubic inch Turbo-Fire outputting 325 horsepower – an increase of 35 horsepower. However, because this car was ordered with the SS package it is fitted with the mighty 427 cubic inch Turbo-Jet outputting 390 horsepower.
The SS427 came standard with a 3-speed manual transmission but this car was ordered with a 4-speed manual – a $185 option.
The disc brake option was a requirement on any full-size Chevrolet with the SS427 package.
All SS Impalas were fitted with a 427 and only 2,455 cars were made for the 1969 model year. Due to the fact that this particular Impala is also quite well optioned, it is quite a rare car. Numbers were relatively low in because, at the time, interest was shifting to the smaller, more sporty models such as the Chevelle.
Other options on this car include factory air conditioning, AM/FM radio and power steering which would have cost $384, $134 and $105 respectively when the car was ordered new.
The Impala Custom Coupe price started at $3,085 during the 1969 model year. The SS package (RPO Z24) cost an additional $422.35.
This ’69 Impala SS427 is currently for sale on eBay. (follow the link for even more photos)