Topless Tribute: 1969 Chevrolet Impala SS Convertible – Sold?
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October 18, 2022, Update – We confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found, we’re assuming this ride is “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
September 15, 2022 Update – 95% of the time, a seller deletes their Craigslist ad means the car has been sold. This well-optioned 1969 Impala we first featured in May 2022 is an example of the other five percent where the seller deleted their ad for reasons unknown to us (a deal fell through?), only to relist their car at a later point. In addition to relisting their car, the seller took the surprising liberty of increasing their price by one large over their original ask.
June 8, 2022, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar
Triple black isn’t the typical color combination you find on a convertible. However, it makes much more sense when the car features a big block V8 and four-speed, floor-shifted M22 “Rockcrusher” manual. That’s the vibe we get from this 1969 Chevrolet Impala SS tribute originally listed in May 2022 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.
Once listed for $58,900 (the original ask was $57,900), Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is well above the mean for 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 $51,000.
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 an even 25 percent market share. 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.
Here’s the seller’s description:
Show or Go: What would you do with this 1969 Chevrolet Impala SS convertible? Please comment below and let us know!
consider a trade with some cash ? i have a REAL 87 Buick Grand National, Just turned 50k mi. never hit. left side has paint repair. origional paint. has dealer installed sw gauges. interrior is a 10. A/C up graded and FULLY functional. lots of go fast parts. like new 16″ snow flake wheels. 4 wheel discs. art Karr trans with 2000 stall. AAR stainless cat back. rear suspention upgrades. been garage kept since before 2000. NO RUST. EVER. Tight and fast. Ive always wanted
a 69 impala convertible. had two in 73. stereo works. Factory power antana still works. Was winterized every year. kept in heated garage.
Thomas, apologies for the confusion. We believe this ’69 Impala SS sold in the fall as the seller’s Craiglist ad expired without a replacement.