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Model Series 155-15600

Body Styles

Like the Biscayne, the 1969 Bel Air had 2 body styles: 2-door Sedan (Post) and 4-door Sedan (Post) The Townsman wagon was the Bel Air equivalent in the 1969 Chevrolet full-size lineup.

Production Numbers

Note: 1969 Production numbers are only available by model groups, not individually.

Series Model Description
# Produced
155 11 2-door Sedan (Post), 6 Cyl.
16,000*
155 69 4-door Sedan (Post), 6 Cyl.
155 36 Townsman Wagon, 6 Passenger, 6 Cyl.
155 46 Townsman Wagon, 9 Passenger, 6 Cyl.
   
156 11 2-door Sedan (Post), 8 Cyl.
139,700*
156 69 4-door Sedan (Post), 8 Cyl.
156 36 Townsman Wagon, 6 Passenger, 8 Cyl.
156 46 Townsman Wagon, 9 Passenger, 8 Cyl.
   
Total Production for Bel Air
155,700*
  1969 Full Size Production - All Models
1,168,300*
 
*Rounded to the nearest 100  

 

 

 

 

 

Colors for Bel Air (Click HERE for color chart listed by model series from "Decoding Trim Tags")

Engines (Click HERE for more information from "Power Trains")

Engine Horsepower
RPO Code
Notes:
250 C.I. L-6
155
The 250 in-line 6 cylinder engine was the base engine for all models except Impala Convertible, Impala Custom Coupe, Kingswood and Kingswood Estate Wagons, and all Caprice models.
327 C.I. V-8
235
The 327 V-8 was the base V-8 for all models. 1969 was the last year for the 327.
350 C.I. V-8
255
LM1
 
350 C.I. V-8
300
L48
 
396 C.I. V-8
265
L66
 
427 C.I. V-8
335
LS1
 
427 C.I. V-8
390
L36
 
427 C.I. V-8
425
L72
This was the "secret" 427 in 1969. Only 546 of these L72 engines were ordered for any of the full size Chevrolets in 1969, and it was not listed in any sales or dealer materials.

Identifying Features (Exterior)

Bel Air, once the top of the line model in the days before Impala, was second from the bottom by 1969, with only one model, Biscayne, below it. Bel Air was the intermediate model between Biscayne and Impala - with more of the standard features of impala but still on a Biscayne budget. Like the Biscayne, Bel Air was void of most trim.

Bel Air, unlike any other 1969 full size Chevrolet, came with no trim whatsoever on the rocker panels. It did however have narrow chrome trim that ran the full length of the car from front to rear bumper, like Impala and Caprice. However this trim was specific only to Bel Air because it was solid; there was no colored insert at all. Other than that, Bel Air was decked out the same as Biscayne: no chrome trim around the wheel well openings, no chrome trim whatsoever in any of the 4 tail lights, and no "Chevrolet" spelled out in individual letters across the front edge of the hood, (but instead had a small "Chevrolet" script placed on the lower driver's side corner of the hood).

Only 4 tail lights sat within the Bel Air rear bumper, as having 6 was a distinction only reserved for Impala and later Caprice. The tail lights are a tell-tale way to quickly identify any full-size Chevrolet in the 1960's.

Bel Air essentially was very similar to its almost-twin sister Biscayne, in that it was an economy-grade alternative to Impala. But unlike Biscayne, Bel Air was more often ordered with power steering and brakes, as well as other options you could normally find on an Impala. Some Bel Airs spent their lives as police vehicles or taxi cabs, while many others were just family vehicles or economic transportation (economic being in terms of the price tag, not fuel economy!) Some Bel Airs (as well as Biscaynes) were ordered with one of the three 427 V-8's available making them stripped down "sleepers" - cars that looked plain and sedate, but were really some of the most powerful Chevy muscle on the streets in disguise, without the added weight of Impala or Caprice options to slow them down.

1969 Bel Air

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