Bowing in August of 1963 for the 1964 model year, the Chevy Chevelle was built on GM’s A-Body platform. There is some debate about the origin of the Chevelle name, but it is thought to have either a Hebrew or French lineage, meaning “beautiful and bold.” Available as a coupe, convertible, sedan, station wagon, and pickup (El Camino), the Chevelle took direct aim at the Ford Fairlane, and sold 338,286 copies in its first year of production.
The 1968 Chevy Chevelle received a complete revamp with new sheetmetal featuring a more rounded beltline and sculpted body lines. The coupes and convertibles had a shorter wheelbase at 112 inches versus 115 for the 1967 model. The tire track was an inch wider at both the front and back. The coupe roofline had a more fastback appearance. SS and Concours trims featured Hide-A-Way windshield wipers, but this would eventually migrate to all trim levels.
The 1969 Chevy Chevelle received few changes. The front bumper had openings for the parking lights and there was a chrome bar connecting the headlights, spanning the ABS plastic grille. Taillights were larger, but the side-marker lights, shared with the Camaro, were a little smaller. Advertised as “America’s most popular mid-size car,” the Chevelle sold nearly 455,000 units.
For 1969, the Chevy Chevelle Super Sport came equipped with the 375-horsepower 396 cubic-inch Big Block V8, the “SS” emblem in the center of the blacked-out grille, a blacked-out rear panel between the taillights, and a hood with double power domes.
Our feature 1969 Chevy Chevelle SS is finished in Mist Blue with a black SS stripe over a black vinyl bench seat interior. It is powered by the aforementioned 396 cubic-inch Big Block. The 396 shines with chrome valve covers, thermostat housing, and air filter cover. The 396 features a Stage I camshaft and long tube headers, and is backed by a four-speed manual transmission with Hurst shifter. The Chevelle rolls on five-spoke SS wheels shod in BFGoodrich raised white-letter Radial T/As.
This 1969 Chevy Chevelle SS will cross the Mecum Auctions block at their Dallas, Texas event taking place September 20th through the 23rd.