1969 Chevrolet Corvette CoupeClose
Stung by the criticism of the 1968 Corvette, Chevrolet worked hard to resolve the problems for the 1969 model year. Various quality control and build problems were addressed wherever possible. The door panels were redesigned to recover some interior room. Overall fit and finish improved. The 250,000th Corvette was built in November 1969.
1969 Chevrolet Corvette ConvertibleClose
1969 Corvette convertible with vinyl covered (RPO C08; $57.95) hardtop (RPO C07; $252.80). The louver trim (RPO TJ2, $21.10) below the "Stingray" emblem and behind the front wheels was a 1969 only option although there is evidence that they could be found on late build 1968 Corvettes.
1969 Chevrolet Corvette Fiber Optics DisplayClose
Very Clever: A fiber optics system enabled the driver to monitor the lights function on the center console.
Below: Engine statistics, including horsepower, torque, displacement and compression ratio were proudly on display below the shifter. Example shown is for the L71 motor (RPO L71; $437.10) of which 2,722 were made for 1969.
1969 Chevrolet Corvette L71 Engine Statistics PlaqueClose
1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Front Fender ScriptClose
The "Sting Ray" name tag had strangely disappeared from the 1968 Corvette, but reappeared in 1969 as one word - "Stingray".
1969 Chevrolet Corvette Steering WheelClose
The ignition key moved from its 1968 location on the dash to the steering column in response to new anti-theft regulations. Power steering had become popular with a majority of Corvettes so equipped in 1969. Wheel size increased one inch to 8 inches and the steering wheel diameter went from 16 inches to 15 inches.
1969 Chevrolet Corvette Big Block HoodClose
Engine choices for 1969 were mostly the same with the popular 427 cu. in. 435 hp motor still the king of the hill. The 327 cubic inch motor, first seen in 1962, was dropped in favor of the 350 cubic inch as the standard (300 horsepower) and the optional 350 cubic inch 350 horsepower (RPO L46; $131.65) engines. Two of the engines offered - the L88 and ZL1 - were racing engines not practical for street use.
1969 Chevrolet Corvette L68 EngineClose
Above: 427 cubic inch 400 horsepower engine (RPO L68; $326.55). 2,072 were installed in 1969 Corvettes.
1969 Corvette Front Turn Signal LightsClose
As with the 1968 model, 1969 Corvettes featured round front turn signal lights. 1970 and later Corvettes had flat squared off front turn signal lights.
1969 Corvette Front_Fender FlareClose
Above: 1969 Corvette front fender flare and Below: 1970 (and later) Corvette fender flare. The upgrade was more than a styling enhancement; it also served to keep road grime from accumulating. The rear fenders received a similar treatment.
1970 Corvette Front-Fender FlareClose