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AJ's Car of the Day 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Hardtop Coupe
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Car: Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Hardtop Coupe

Year: 1969

What makes it special: 1969 Chevelles showed only minor changes, led by revised front-end styling. A single chrome bar connected quad headlights which became a familiar Chevrolet trademark with its concurrent light duty pickup trucks, with a revised front grille, now cast in ABS plastic, and a slotted bumper held the parking lights. Taillight lenses were larger and more vertical, flowing into the quarter panels. Front vent windows in both the hardtop and convertibles only, began to fade away now that Astro Ventilation was sending outside air into several Chevelle models. Chevelle options included headlight washers, power windows and locks, and a rear defroster.

What made it famous: The Chevrolet Chevelle lineup slimmed down to two series: 300 Deluxe and Malibu. No longer a series of its own, the SS 396 turned into a option package for any two-door model. That meant not just a convertible or hardtop Sport Coupe, but even the pillared coupe in the lower-rent 300 Deluxe series. The Super Sport group included a 265 or 325 horsepower 396 V8 beneath a double-domed hood, along with a black-out grille displaying an SS emblem, black rear panel, and red-stripe tires on chrome sport wheels.

Why I would want one: It's probably one of the most popular Chevelle's of all the years produced. The sharp front lines and hardtop coupe style really made it very appealing.

Fun fact: 1969 Chevelle's were billed as America's most popular mid-size car.

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