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The 1969 Chevrolet Corvette

1969 Red Convertible Big Block with Hard-Top


The 1969 Corvette brought back the "Stingray" badge although it was now one word. This classic Corvette refined the new 1968 model with changes that increased horsepower as well as fixing small things that were irritating to customers. This also created a large number of parts that were only manufactured for 1968 and makes restoring the 1968 Corvette much more difficult than a '69. The base engine is now a 300 horsepower 350 cubic inch V-8. The ignition was moved from the dashboard to the steering column. The push button door opener was now integrated into the pull handle and the push button opening now has a key lock in it. The steering wheel diameter was reduced from 16" to 15". A side exhaust was now an option as well as special side louver trim pieces. Backup lights were integrated into the middle tail lights. A labor dispute in May of 1969 caused the 1969 model run to be stretched over 4 months. This accounts for the high number of Vettes sold this year and the low number in 1970.
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Production Options and Build Statistics

Total 1969 Corvettes Built - 38,762
Convertibles - 16,633
Coupes - 22,129

Convertible Serial Numbers: 194689S100001 to 194679S138762
Coupe Serial numbers: 194379S100001 to 194379S138762

The "Vehicle Identification Number" (also VIN or serial number) is stamped on a plate on the inner vertical surface of the left windshield pillar visible through the windshield.

Position Character Description
1 1 Chevrolet Division
2 & 3 94 Body Series: Corvette
4 & 5 67 Convertible
37 Coupe
6 9 1969
7 S Assembled in St. Louis, MO
8 to 13 100001 to 128566 Production Sequence

Engine Serial Number

1969 Corvette engines have the last six digits of the VIN stamped on the block after the engine number

Position Character Description
1 to 7 0001001 sequential production number
8 F or T Flint, MI or Tonawanda, NY
9 to 10 Carburetion & transmission
  • HY = 350-cid 300-hp V-8 with 10.0:1 compression ratio, manual transmission, and four-barrel carburetor
  • HZ = 350-cid 300-hp V-8 with 10.0:1 compression ratio, Turbo Hydra-Matic (THM) automatic transmission, and four-barrel carburetor
  • HW = 350-cid 350-hp V-8 with 11.0:1 compression ratio, manual transmission, and four-barrel carburetor
  • HX = 350-cid 350-hp V-8 with 11.0:1 compression ratio, manual transmission, and four-barrel carburetor
  • LM = 427-cid 390-hp V-8 with 10.25:1 compression ratio, manual transmission, four-barrel carburetor
  • LL = 427-cid 390-hp V-8 with 10.25:1 compression ratio, Turbo Hydra-Matic (THM) automatic transmission, and four-barrel carburetor
  • LQ = 427-cid 400-hp V-8 with 10.25:1 compression ratio, automatic or manual transmission, and three two-barrel carburetors
  • LO = 427-cid 430-hp V-8 with 12.0:1 compression ratio, manual transmission, and four-barrel carburetor
  • LV = 427-cid 430-hp V-8 with 12.0:1 compression ratio, Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission and four-barrel carburetor
  • LR = 427-cid 435-hp V-8 with 11.0:1 compression ratio, manual transmission, and three two-barrel carburetors
  • LX = 427-cid 435-hp V-8 with 11.0:1 compression ratio, Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission, three two-barrel carburetors
  • LP = 427-cid 435-hp V-8 with 11.0:1 compression ratio, manual transmission, and three two-barrel carburetors
  • LW = 427-cid 435-hp V-8 with 11.0:1 compression ratio, Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission, and three two-barrel carburetors
  • LT = 427-cid 435-hp V-8 with 11.0:1 compression ratio, manual transmission, and three two-barrel carburetors
  • LU = 427-cid 435-hp V-8 with 11.0:1 compression ratio, manual transmission, and three two-barrel carburetor


The body number plate is located on the engine side of the cowl. The Fisher Body Style Number identifies the model of Corvette.

69-19467 - Corvette Sting Ray convertible
69-19437 - Corvette Sting Ray coupe

The body number is the serial number of the body. The trim number represents the color of the interior, the paint color is the exterior paint color.


Production Options

RPO Description Price Production
19437 Base Coupe $4,781 22,149
19467 Base Convertible $4,438 16,633
N/A Genuine Leather Seats $79 3,729
A01 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, All Windows $16.90 31,270
A31 Power Windows $63.20 9,816
A82 Headrests $17.95 38,762
A85 Custom Shoulder Belts (std. w/ coupe) $42.15 600
C07 Auxiliary Hardtop (Convert.) $252.80 7,878
C08 Vinyl Covering for Aux. Hardtop $57.95 3,266
C50 Rear Window Defroster $32.65 2,485
C60 Air Conditioning $428.70 11,859
F41 Special Front/Rear Suspension $36.90 1,661
G81 Positraction Rear Axle (all ratios) $46.35 36,965
J50 Power Brakes $42.15 16,876
J56 Special Heavy Duty Brakes $384.45 115
K05 Engine Block Heater $10.55 824
K66 Transistor Ignition System $81.10 5,702
L36 427ci, 390hp Engine $221.20 10,531
L46 350ci, 350hp Engine $131.65 12,846
L68 427ci, 400hp Engine $326.55 2,072
L71 427ci, 435hp Engine $437.10 2,722
L88 427ci, 430hp Engine $1032.15 116
L89 L71 Engine with Aluminum Cylinder Heads $832.05 390
MA6 Heavy Duty Clutch $79 102
M20 4-speed Manual Transmission $184.80 16,507
M21 4 Speed Manual, Close Ratio Transmission $184.80 13,741
M22 4 Speed Manual, Close Ratio, Heavy Duty Transmission $290.40 101
M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission $221.80 8,161
N14 Side Mount Exhaust System $147.45 4,355
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column $84.30 10,325
N40 Power Steering $105.35 22,866
P02 Deluxe Wheel Cover $57.95 8,073
PT6 Red Line Tires F70 x 15 $31.30 5,210
PT7 White Line Tires F70 x 15 $31.30 21,379
PU9 White Letter Tires F70 x 15 $33.15 2,398
TJ2 Front Fender Louver Trim $21.10 11,962
UA6 Alarm System $26.35 12,436
U15 Speed Warning Indicator $11.60 3,561
U69 AM/FM Radio $172.75 33,871
U79 AM/FM Radio Stereo $278.10 4,114
ZL1 Special L88 Aluminum Block 4,718.35 2

Color Options for 1969

Interior colors are suggested by Chevrolet to go with the exterior color. Any combination could be ordered.

RPO Exterior Ditzler # Dupont # RM # Interior Soft Top Production
900 Tuxedo Black N/A N/A N/A BB-BK-G-GU-R-S BG-BK-W N/A
972 Can-Am White N/A N/A N/A BB-BK-G-GU-R-S BG-BK-W N/A
974 Monza Red N/A N/A N/A BK-R-S BG-BK-W N/A
976 Lemans Blue N/A N/A N/A BB-BK BB-BK-W N/A
980 Riverside Gold N/A N/A N/A BK-S BG-BK-W N/A
983 Fathom Green N/A N/A N/A BK-G-S BG-BK-W N/A
984 Daytona Yellow N/A N/A N/A BK BG-BK-W N/A
986 Cortez Silver N/A N/A N/A BB-BK-G-GU-R-S BG-BK-W N/A
988 Burgundy N/A N/A N/A BK-S BG-BK-W N/A
990 Monaco Orange N/A N/A N/A BK BG-BK-W N/A
Color Codes: BB=Bright Blue, BG=Beige, BK=Black, G=Green, GU=Gunmetal, L=Leather, R=Red, S=Saddle, V=Vinyl, W=White

Interior Colors

Color Vinyl RPO Leather RPO
Black ZQ4 (Base) 402
Red 407 408
Blue 411 412
Gunmetal 416 415
Saddle 420 421
Green 427 428

1969 Corvette Specifications

Mechanical Dimensions

Feature Convertible Coupe
Wheelbase 98 inches (2.489 m) 98 inches (2.489 m)
Overall length 182.5 inches (4.636 m) 182.5 inches (4.636 m)
Overall width 69.0 inches (1.753 m) 69.0 inches (1.753 m)
Overall height   47.9 inches (1.217 m)
Front tread 58.7 inches (1.491 m) 58.7 inches (1.491 m)
Rear tread 59.4 inches (1.509 m) 59.4 inches (1.509 m)
Frame Full-length welded-steel ladder type with five cross members. Steel box sections, welded.
Front suspension Independent, unequal-length A-arms, coil springs; tubular shocks and stabilizer bar
Rear suspension Independent, trailing arms, toe links, transverse chromium-carbon steel leaf spring, tube shocks, and anti-roll bar
Steering Saginaw recirculating ball, 17.6:1 ratio, 2.9 turns to lock, 39.0 turning circle
Rear axle type Sprung differential, Hypoid gear
Brakes Hydraulic, vented four wheel discs; 11.75-inch diameter, single calipers
Total swept area 461 sq. in.
Wheels 8" wide slotted steel 15" 5-lug disc
Standard rear axle ratio 3.36:1
Optional rear axle ratio 3.08:1, 3.36:1, 3.55:1, 3.70:1, 4.11:1, 4.56:1

Engine Specifications

Feature Base Engine RPO L46 RPO L36 RPO L68 RPO L71 RPO L88 RPO L89 RPO ZL1
Type V-8, Overhead valve
Block Cast Iron
Displacement 350 cid 427 cid
Bore & Stroke 4.00 x 3.48" 4.251 x 3.76"
Compression Ratio 10.25:1 11.0:1 10.25:1 10.25:1 10.25:1 11.0:1 12.0:1 12.5:1
Brake Horsepower 300 350 390 400 435 430 (actually about 560) 435 430
Torque 300 lb-ft   460 lb-ft   460 lb-ft     450 lb-ft
Main Bearing Five
Valve Lifters Hydraulic Mechanical
Camshaft     High perf. cam   Special perf cam Special ultra high performance camshaft with .5365-inch intakes   Special ultra high performance camshaft
Fuel Supply Rochester four-barrel Model 7029203 Rochester four-barrel Holley four-barrel Three Holley two-barrels Holley four-barrel Single Holley 850CFM four-barrel on aluminum manifold

 


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