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Body Styles

In 1969 Impala had 5 body styles to choose from: Convertible, Custom Coupe, Sport Coupe, 4-door Sport Sedan (Hardtop), and 4-door Sedan (Post) The Kingswood wagon was the Impala equivalent in the 1969 Chevrolet full-size lineup.

Production Numbers

Note: 1969 Production numbers are only available by model groups, not individually.

Series Model Description
# Produced
163 37 2-door Sport Coupe, 6 Cyl.
163 39 4-door Sport Sedan, 6 Cyl.
163 69 4 door Sedan (Post), 6 Cyl.
164 67 2-door Convertible, 8 Cyl.
164 37 2-door Sport Coupe, 8 Cyl.
164 47 2-door Custom Coupe, 8 Cyl.
164 39 4-door Sport Sedan, 8 Cyl.
164 69 4-door Sedan (Post), 8 Cyl.
164 36 Kingswood Wagon, 6 Passenger, 8 Cyl.
164 46 Kingswood Wagon, 9 Passenger, 8 Cyl.
Total Production for Impala
  1969 Full Size Production - All Models
*Rounded to the nearest 100  
  **Includes 2,455 SS427 Impalas  










Colors for Impala (Click HERE for color chart listed by model series from "Decoding Trim Tags")

Engines (Click HERE for more information from "Power Trains")

Engine Horsepower
RPO Code
250 C.I. L-6
The 250 in-line 6 cylinder engine was the base engine for all models except Impala Convertible, Impala Custom Coupe, Kingswood and Kingswood Estate Wagons, and all Caprice models.
327 C.I. V-8
The 327 V-8 was the base V-8 for all models. 1969 was the last year for the 327.
350 C.I. V-8
350 C.I. V-8
396 C.I. V-8
427 C.I. V-8
427 C.I. V-8
427 C.I. V-8
This was the "secret" 427 in 1969. Only 546 of these L72 engines were ordered for any of the full size Chevrolets in 1969, and it was not listed in any sales or dealer materials.

Identifying Features (Exterior)

Impala was the most popular of the 1969 Chevrolet full size models and second in rank only to Caprice, which was the "top of the line". However Impala was by far more popular and sales for the "number 2" model line drastically exceeded Caprice.

Impala had narrow trim extending from the front bumpers all the way to the rear, with a colored insert. They also had a narrow chrome strip that ran the entire length of the rocker panels. Impala came with chrome trim around the wheel well openings, as well as a single chrome ring on the inside of each of the 6 tail lights. In addition to this Impala had "Chevrolet" spelled out in individual letters across the front edge of the hood.

It should be mentioned that the 6 tail lights was an Impala trade mark, shared only with Caprice (which was originally intended as a high end option package for Impala, and later became it's own model line). No other full size Chevrolet's through the years shared the 6 tail light trademark with Impala.

We've seen GM factory photos of Impalas wearing thicker rocker trim, as well as trim along the bottom edge of the trunk lid and around the lower grille. Caprice came standard with this trim, but for Impala it was optional as RPO Z21 and 18,877 Impalas received this upgrade.

Contrary to popular belief, hide away headlights were available on Caprice ONLY and NOT available on any Impala, according to all records available to date. Having said that, it's possible that some may have been so equipped just because the 60's were famous for special order and "COPO" cars that were ordered with options otherwise not available. We've never seen or heard of a documented case however. If there is an Impala out there with a build sheet showing the hide away option installed from the factory, please submit it to us, and perhaps it could shed light on the ongoing debate on this issue among Impala fans.

1969 Impala Model Series 163-16400

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