Real Deal: 1969 Chevelle Malibu SS 396 – $40,000

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For 1969 Chevrolet promoted its A-Body-based Chevelle line as “America’s most popular mid-size car.” Entering its second year following a major redesign, the minor styling changes for 1969 included revised front-end styling using a single chrome bar connecting quad headlights with a revised front grille while a slotted bumper held the parking lights. Taillight lenses were larger and more vertical, flowing into the quarter panels. Astro Ventilation eliminated the need for side vent windows.  Enthusiasts generally consider the 1969 Chevelle Malibu the best looking in the brand’s history.

One of the nicer 1969 examples we’ve come across is this restored, 44K original mile, Fathom Green-over-black vinyl two-door hardtop just listed earlier this week here on Craigslist in Carmel, New York where the private seller is currently asking $40,000.  The Collector Car Market Review Online Tool places the asking price between this guide’s current #2 “Very Good” estimate of $37,050 and it’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $49,125.

By 1969 the SS 396 turned into a $347.60 option package for any two-door model. After selecting that option, buyers had a dizzying array of engine options to choose from.  The original owner of this SS396 wisely chose RPO L35, which was the 325 horsepower, 396 cubic inch big-block V8.  They wisely mated that rat motor to an optional four-speed manual transmission sending all of that torque to a 12-Bolt rear end relying on 3:31 gears.

If you are serious about buying this Chevelle SS396, you can start the conversation by emailing the seller.  When you do, please remember to mention you saw his Triumph featured here on Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s brief description:

“Real Chevelle SS 396/325 HP, 4-speed, 12 bolt 331 rear, PS, PDB, numbers matching, restored, very correct. $40,000 or best offer.

Do you have a ’69 SS396 story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!


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