While this 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 has yet to see the inside of a restoration shop, it remains in very solid condition, and it would almost be a disservice to call it a “survivor" as it hasn't merely survived, it's thrived. As a genuine top tier Chevelle - no rebadging sleight of hand involved here - you can only imagine the looks it drew as it first hit the asphalt with its aggressively-colored exterior and big block power under the hood, and nearly a half century later, its magnetism is still undeniable.
The black shade this SS wears is not just the same color it left the factory with, but literally the same paint. It's seen some slight touching up here and there and while you can see a few slight signs of aging - a little fading on the headlight buckets and a grille that might not quite sport the deep black color it once did, for example - the years have been unusually kind to this classic Chevy. Make no mistake - it cuts quite an impressive appearance just as it is, although a freshening up of its paint and some attention to its array of trim and chrome exterior fittings would take things up a few notches. Should you decide to embark on that course, you'll be starting with a very solid foundation. This Chevelle is one of a select group of cars from its era still sporting its original sheet metal and, even upon close inspection, you won't find any serious issues that would complicate the restoration process.
The vinyl upholstery inside the doors is also original and as such you can see a reasonable amount of wear on the bucket seats in front and markedly less so on the bench seat in back, though both appear structurally sound. Even though the 80,000 miles this vintage Chevy has travelled constitutes unusually light usage for a car of this age, it's not uncommon to find the stresses of real world use, but it is evident time has been kind to this one. The black carpeting lining the floor is looking solid, as is the snugly fitted headliner looming above. A trio of aftermarket gauges join their factory counterparts on the dash and while some of the dash trim could stand to be spruced up a little, there's still plenty to like here and the dash pad running across the top is in good condition, as is the center console housing the signature Chevy “staple” shifter and all air conditioning components are in place.
There's big block power residing under the hood that's ready to hit the pavement just soon as you get this car home. The non-numbers matching 396 V8 is a 1965 block and carries the heads and crank from the original engine. With about 20,000 miles on the engine build, it sounds great and pulls strong with the assistance of a 4-barrel carb, Edelbrock intake, Mallory distributor, and a Crane cam. The engine teams with a 3-speed automatic TH400 transmission that's shifting with slip-free precision and options like power steering and power front disc brakes provide low-effort navigation and dependable stops as this sharp looking Chevelle cruises on its set of 15” factory Super Sport wheels outfitted with Futura Super Sport GLS tires. As you might expect from such a sturdy street machine, a look underneath reveals a solid undercarriage, with some patina acquired from decades of service but all components looking straight and strong.
Whether the aim is to get behind the wheel and enjoy its automotive magic just as it is, or to restore it to a whole new level of vintage cool, this 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS396 definite must see. Call today!