For Sale: 1969 Chevrolet Impala in Ft Worth, Texas

Vehicle Description

Everyone loves the Impala SS, but how many cars like this super-clean 1969 SS hardtop have you seen? Better yet, how many with a thumping 427 under the hood, and a 4-speed manual cycling through the gears? Featuring a slick restoration, a killer red-on-red color combination, and a host of choice options, this big block 427SS Imp is the ride of choice for the guy who appreciates true luxury muscle.

Big and bold, this Code 52 Garnet Red Impala is an imposing sight here in the showroom, never mind barreling down the highway in your rear-view mirror. Wide, long, and low, it delivers that full-sized ride that everyone gets nostalgic over and looks pretty darned good despite casting a shadow the size of a full-sized pickup truck. The bodywork is slick enough to proudly wear that red paint, which is the car's original color, and when the Imp was repainted a few years back they did it the right way without cutting any corners. Doors fit well, those giant quarter panels are straight, and the single rub strip that runs along its flanks emphasizes the panel alignment, which is quite good. Unlike many of these, there's no vinyl top, which makes the entire car look that much sleeker and with top driver-quality paint it's a good thing there's a lot of it to show off. The finish is deep, lustrous, and has a great shine that's even nicer in person than it is in our photos, and whatever imperfections that might be found are minor and quickly forgiven. Simply put, it's atypical for a Big Imp to look this good. Bright chrome bumpers and a standard SS grille are subtle reminders that this is still a heavy-hitter, and with triple taillights and dual exhaust tips out back, there's little doubt what kind of car this is as it pulls away from you.

Matching red buckets anchor the spacious interior, which is big enough for the whole family to go out cruising. The vinyl seats were beautifully reupholstered back-to-stock, as were the matching door panels, and the plush red carpets that line the floors are the correct pile and weave for the era, although they're much more luxurious than anything sown back in 1969. An SS-spec center console splits the seats up front and houses the most exciting part of the cabin: the cue-ball topped chrome shifter that manages the 4-speed manual gearbox below. The expansive, full-width dash is remarkably free of any cracks or weather warping, while the SS steering wheel at the helm looks sporty and offers an appropriate muscle car vibe without going overboard. Ahead of the wheel, all the original gauges, knobs, and idiot lights are in excellent condition, and the woodgrain accents that run the length of the dash are mirrored on the door panels, warming things up a bit inside. Options include factory Astro Ventilation A/C, the original AM/FM stereo, and seatbelts fore and aft, while the little details like the kick panels, package tray, and headliner are in such great shape you can have the confidence knowing that nothing was overlooked during the build. Of course, a car like this comes with a massive trunk, which carries a full spare and jack set and shows off super-solid pans that are the bedrock of this dialed-in Impala.

You could get a wide range of engines in your Impala in 1969, but the top dog was the L36 Turbo-Jet 427/390 (if we're not counting the L72, which was a well-kept secret). It's a period-correct, LH-coded big block (which makes it the correct motor for a 4-speed 427SS Impala Z24), and my goodness does it pull with a 390 horses, an impressive 10.25:1 compression ratio, a big 4-barrel carburetor, and other factory goodies like a hydraulic cam, cast-aluminum heads, and a forged crankshaft and steel-rods. The engine bay is nicely detailed, and with chrome valve covers, a matching chrome air cleaner with '427' decals, and Chevy Orange paint on the block itself, it's ready to be shown off with pride. Linked to a numbers-matching 4-speed manual transmission and a practically bulletproof 12-bolt rear end, it's not content to just be some standard highway loafer, it's ready for battle. Power steering and power front disc brakes massively improve the driving experience (this is a big car, so those options are certainly welcomed), and the undercarriage is largely original but nevertheless impressive - still wearing what is likely it's original undercoating on the floorpans. Factory Rally wheels carry 225/70/15 Cooper Cobra G/T white-letter radials - the perfect shoes to match the red-hot suit.

Luxury muscle is gaining a lot of steam these days, and if you like the full-sized feel with some real power behind it, this Impala 427SS delivers in a big way. Call now!

Vehicle Details

  • 1969 Chevrolet Impala
  • Listing ID: CC-1604717
  • Price: $43,995
  • Location:Ft Worth, Texas
  • Year:1969
  • Make:Chevrolet
  • Model:Impala
  • Exterior Color:Garnet Red
  • Interior Color:Red
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:68606
  • Stock Number:5531-DFW
  • VIN:164479S116213
Listed By:
Streetside Classics - Dallas / Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Drive
Ft Worth, TX 76137

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