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.
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 L36 motor (RPO L36; $131.65) of which 10,531 were made for 1969, the most popular of the big block choices for that year.
The "Sting Ray" name tag had strangely disappeared from the 1968 Corvette, but reappeared in 1969 as one word - "Stingray".
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1969 CORVETTE L46, A/C COUPE, CORTEZ SILVER
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The ignition key moved from its 1968 location on the dash near the upper right corner of the tachometer 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.
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.
Below: 427 cubic inch 400 horsepower engine (RPO L68; $326.55). 2,072 were installed in 1969 Corvettes.
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