1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Convertible
Like the Tri-Five Chevys that came before it, the Chevelle is one
of those cars GM aced right out of the gate and continued to
perfect. Eventually, the marque became one of the strongest brands
in automotive history; and at one point, with a full list of body
styles, options, trim grades, color combinations, and engines which
ranged from mild to outrageous, literally embodied the 'custom
built' nature that defines the muscle car era.
Offering up for consignment a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Convertible.
This version has been "worked just a bit, but presents mostly as
original. With its original 350ci L65 V8, and matching TH350
transmission, body bathed in black cherry paint which is the deep
end of the pool, and a very nice interior which is like new and not
original, we have a very attractive automobile available for you to
get into the Malibu game.
Blackened grille, headlight bezels, along with body matching paint
in black cherry for the front and rear bumpers tend to give this
car a more menacing look. Also with the use of horizontal shiny
trim bars for the grille and the bowtie badge in the center,
working with an angled rearward trimming that melts into the wheel
well trim, the pointy front of this car is greatly accentuated.
This trim works its way back just above the rocker and becomes a
thinner rear wheel well trim then continues to the back bumper
bottom. Gaps are nicely managed and all steel is straight and rust
free. An SS hood now adorns the front, and a black convertible top
with a new rear window is ready to be put down for that evening
cruise. On back angled inward tail lighting is on each corner and
below the black cherry painted bumper are chromed rectangular
tipped exhaust protruding below this pristine bumper. 15 inch Super
Sport wheels are wrapped in raised white letter BFG T/A's on all 4
corners. Some rust bubbling can be noted under the paint, and
previous repairs are evident in areas throughout the exterior. A
few dents and dings for the trim, and some areas of scratching
mostly on the lower part of the car is noted within the paint.
Saddle brown vinyl now dresses the seats for the interior which are
front Strato buckets and a rear bench. These are showing as fairly
tight with just a few ripples near the black piping which borders
the bolsters and inserts. All sides of the buckets are accented in
black smooth vinyl, and the saddle brown covering is also gracing
the door panels, which show with just a bit of loose vinyl
stretches. The doors utilize the black for the sills and lowers, as
well as the tops of the armrests. A saddle covered glovebox in the
center console which also houses the aircraft style shifter races
from front to rear. Total black bathes the dash which has its deep
set original round gauges, a small smattering of wood applique
behind the temp sliders and inset AM/FM radio just below. A wood
rimmed steering wheel fronts this original dash setup. Black
carpeting floods the floors, and we have a winner for the interior
showing well with the exterior black cherry.
A flip of the hood, and the engine and entire bay are just
gleaming. All clean and shiny with no rust or even the beginnings
of corrosion. Here resides the original 350ci V8 topped with a
single 2-barrel carburetor, and backed by a TH350 3-speed
automatic. A 12-bolt rear axle is on the back.
Up on the lift our inspection reveals more beautiful restoration
work with no rust or surface rust for this unibody constructed car.
Floor pans, rockers and fuel tank are all in very good condition.
Upfront is independent coil sprung suspension, and on back a 4 link
setup with newer red painted coil springs. Power drum brakes
provide the woah! factor, and a nice dual Flowmaster exhaust snakes
its way rearward past all the black metal surfaces.
A quick starter and smooth idle which eventually after the warmup
it was off to the test track. Here performance was good, bias free
braking, and smooth ride and catlike handling were the norm for my
drive. The dash lighting, A/C fan, horn and parking brake were all
inoperable during my drive. Also the tonneau covering for the top
needs some snaps put on to secure it to the body if you are going
anywhere with top down at speed.
Overall a nicely done job, with a few faults throughout with the
paint and trimmings. A newer interior certainly sets off the
exterior when the top is down, and it runs like a champ. Ready for
the plucking out of our hallowed halls here at Classic Auto
67-2 Door Convertible
1-Oshawa, Ontario CA Assy Plant
324067-Sequential Unit Number
ST 69 136687-1969 Malibu Convertible
BDY OS467553-Oshawa Body #
TR 791-Parchment Buckets
PNT 521B-Garnet Red, Black Top
05C-3rd Week May Build
L65-350ci V8 250hp
M38-Th 350 3 Speed Automatic