Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
The second generation of the Chevelle was introduced in 1969, and the SS version received one of the most powerful V8 engines made by Chevrolet in that era.
After Ford introduced the fifth generation of the Fairlane in 1966, GM prepared a proper answer: it was the Chevelle. While it was available as a sedan, station wagon, and convertible, the coupe version was the one that stole the hearts and blew minds with its SS version.
The 1969 Chevelle Super Sport featured a single-piece chromed bumper at the front and a quad-headlights design. Its SS badge took center stage on the raked-forward grille cast in ABS plastic. Its long, curved lines in the “Coca-Cola” bottle design made the car look elegant and muscular. In the rear, the carmaker installed more prominent taillights and a chromed, fat bumper. A dual exhaust system was designed especially for the vehicles fitted with the 396 engine.
The interior was large enough for up to five passengers. Unlike most of the other cars from those times, the Chevelle featured numerous safety systems such as three-point seatbelts and an energy-absorbing steering column. A pair of bucket-seats was offered as an option for the front passengers.
Under the hood, GM dropped a big-block V8 396 engine. In the SS trim version, it offered an official 350 hp, but that was underrated. Its track performances showed something else. Another improvement for the SS was the braking system with discs in all corners. A four-speed manual was fitted as standard, while a 3-speed automatic was on the options list.