Chevrolet obviously did a lot right in 1969. Almost everything the company produced that year has achieved a wide following that seems to carry across several generations. Among those cars, the ’69 Chevelle claims one of the largest enthusiast groups. That’s why cars like this glowing Monaco Orange ’69 Chevelle SS never stick around our showroom for long. The beneficiary of a frame off restoration, this awesome A-body features a period correct big block, Muncie 4-speed, and paintwork that’s guaranteed to stand out in the sea of Cranberry Red Chevelles. If you love the factory look but favor colors that command attention, get the best of both worlds with this Chevy.
While there is every reason to believe this is a true SS, verifying ’69 Chevelles without a build sheet can be tricky. We’ll do our best to cover all relevant details. To start with, here’s the decoded trim tag.
ST 69 13637 – 1969 Malibu Sport Coupe
KAN – Body Assembly, Kansas City, Missouri
201693 BDY – Fisher Body Data Processing Number
TR 756 – Black Fabric (Bucket Seats)
72 B PNT – Monaco Orange, Black Vinyl Top
12C – Body Date: December, 3rd week, 1969
09533 – Data Processing Number
L – Possible Kansas City SS Designation
The strongest arguments for this car’s authenticity is its code 72 Monaco Orange paint. This color, along with Daytona Yellow, were only available on SS-optioned Chevelles. While both colors could be special ordered on non-SS models, the two-digit paint code would have been replaced by a dash on the trim tag. As you can see from our pictures, this is not the case. The builder wisely opted to paint the top versus replacing the factory vinyl. This gives the brilliant paintwork some extra space to shine. Applied over a laser straight body, the unique orange displays a gloss and depth not available from assembly line paint. Panel fitment is excellent with uniform gaps all around. A black SS body stripe breaks up the orange and lends this Chevelle an aggressive demeanor.
From the blacked-out grille and rear taillight panel to the bright moldings around the wheel wells, all SS trim is present and showroom fresh. Proper SS badging is also found in the all the usual location such as the grille, fenders and rear panel. Glass looks original but shows it age well as does the stainless trim surrounding each piece of it. The chrome bits such as front and rear bumpers, door handles and rear view mirrors all show nicely with no rust, waves or imperfections visible.
Between the frame rails, you’ll find a 396 cubic inch big block V8. The block displays a 3916323 casting number, verifying that it is a true 396. Cast from June of 1967 to June of 1968, the F167 (June 16th, 1967) date code shows to this to be one of the earlier blocks from that casting. The engine has been rebuilt to L34 specs with the exception of a Comp XR282HR cam and a GM HEI ignition. Dressed in orange paint with factory style chrome valve covers and an open element air cleaner the engine maintains a traditional look. Up top, a correct “Turbo-Jet 350 Horsepower” decal plays down the 375+ horsepower the engine actually produces. The vintage look is upheld throughout the bay thanks to details like correct decals and a reproduction Delco battery. Exhaust is released through factory cast iron manifolds that breathe through a true dual system with Magnaflow mufflers.
Behind the 396 is a Muncie M-20 4-speed with an AC Delco 11” clutch. Date coded November of 1969, this transmission corresponds with the car’s model year. Power is sent to the rear wheels by a 12 bolt Positraction rear end housing stoplight and highway friendly 3.31 gears. Further aiding traction is the factory 4-link with correct boxed lower control arms and the optional F41 rear sway bar. Up front, bumps are addressed by a clean stock double A-arm setup with high rate springs, just like the factory built it. Steering comes courtesy of an SS-specific quick ratio power steering box while stopping power is provided by J52 power single-caliper front disc brakes with drums in the rear. At the corners, 14” SS Rally wheels are wrapped in reproduction G70-14 Goodyear Polyglas tires.
Inside, this Chevelle hosts a fully restored black interior. With new foam, cushions and stainless trim, the strato-buckets look and feel better than ever. The lack of a console highlights that gap between the seats, making the interior feel bigger than it really is. Thanks to the Special Instrumentation option with integrated temperature, oil pressure, gas, and battery gauges, driver controls are thorough and well laid out. An important detail to note is the redline on the tachometer. The redlines were based on what engine was ordered in the car. This Chevelle has the correct 5,500 rpm redline which was specific to L34 and L35 396’s. A Hurst shifter adds some period correct flair to the inside. Entertainment is provided by a direct-fit, MP3-compatible stereo while climate control comes courtesy of an Astro Ventilation system. From the Fisher-branded interior rocker trim to the stainless trim on the door panels, every piece looks showroom new. Fresh black carpet and a new headliner complete the interior.
Documentation includes a brief history of the car, build photos and several pages of information breaking down the VIN, trim tag, transmission castings and more.
With a winning color combination and rock solid drivetrain, this beautifully restored A-body is the ideal car for summer night cruising. You could pay tens of thousands of dollars more for a numbers matching Chevelle but few will turn heads like this Monaco Orange ’69 model. Don’t miss the chance to make this Chevelle your new favorite weekend ride.