Topless Tribute: 1969 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible – $57,900
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Triple black isn’t the typical color combination you find on a convertible. However, when the car features a big block V8 and four-speed, floor-shifted M22 “Rockcrusher” manual, it makes much more sense. That’s the vibe we get from this 1969 Chevrolet Impala SS tribute currently listed here on Craigslist in Plainfield, Illinois (Chicago). The seller reports their Impala is a Canadian-built example that was originally a GM executive’s car. If that’s the case, we’re wondering how a Canadian example ended up being titled in California when new as the rear of the car features a California black plate.
Currently offered for $24,500, Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is right in line with this guide’s one-year results summary:
As a second data point, the Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask is well above this guide’s #1 Excellent” estimate of $44,000.
The full-size Chevrolets received a significant redesign in 1969. Designers surrounded the grille with a loop bumper and deep-set quad headlights, flared the front fenders, redesigned the rear bumper, and removed the side vent windows. Engineers moved the ignition switch from the dashboard to the steering column as part of the new anti-theft locking device. Front seats now had built-in headrests while variable-ratio power steering was a new feature.
John Z. DeLorean took over as Chevrolet general manager in 1969 and Chevrolet produced 1,109,013 full-size models, with market share an even 25 percent. The 1969 Impala remained the top-selling full-size model for Chevy, though sales slipped to 777,000 units. Extensive options were available including air-conditioning ($363.40-$463.45), power front disc brakes ($64.25), power steering ($89.55-$105.35), mag-style wheel covers ($52.70-$73.75), power door locks ($44.80-$68.50), console ($53.75), two-tone paint ($23.20), six-way power seat ($110.10), cruise control ($57.95), tilt steering column ($45.30), sport steering wheel ($34.80), wire wheels covers ($55.85) and rear defroster ($47.40). The 1969 model year Impala production topped Caprice production by 611,000 units. Impala station wagons were renamed Kingswood, a name that would continue through 1972.
The Historic Films Stock Footage Archive YouTube Channel features this 1969 Chevrolet Impala commercial:
The triple-black color scheme pairs well with the big-block engine. Black is a very tough color to get straight during a repaint, especially on a car with big body panel sections such as this example. In addition to what appears to be a great paint job, this 1969 Impala SS tribute convertible is a nicely optioned example that features a modern Vintage Air A/C setup.
If you are serious about buying this Impala SS Tribute, you can start the conversation by emailing the seller. When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their Chevrolet featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s description:
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