Junkyard Find: 1969 Chevrolet Impala

junkyard find 1969 chevrolet impala

By this time, everyone knows I have a soft spot for the 1965-70 full-sized Chevrolet, and there was a time when every self-service wrecking yard I visited had at least a dozen of these things in stock. Now a year of more can pass between sightings. Here’s a rather weathered but reasonably non-rusty ’69 I spotted in a Denver yard last week.

More than a million full-size Chevrolets were sold for the 1969 model year, and most of them were Impalas (cheapskates got the lower-end Bel Airs and Biscaynes).

Here’s one of the umpteen gjillion small-block Chevy engines built since 1955.

Ah, the good old 327!

No, wait, it’s the good old 350! To complicate matters further, this junkyard— which is one of those operations that has its act together— says this is a 1970 model Impala. It’s possible that it’s a ’70 with ’69 fenders and bumpers, or that it’s a ’69 with swapped-over ’70 VIN plate from another car.

If one is to believe John Delorean in On a Clear Day You Can See General Motors, dealers that dared to install cheaper Motorola radios instead of marked-up factory-issue Delcos were punished severely.









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  • Moparman426W Moparman426W on Nov 09, 2012

    I always liked the styling of the 69 Impala hardtops and convertibles. They really screwed the front clip up on the 70 models, and like someone else said, it made it look like an old man's car. I never cared for the rear treatment on the 70 models either. I feel the same about the 67-8 models. I like the styling of the 67, but hate the 68. Back when I was young a buddy of mine had a red 67 Impala SS ragtop with black top and interior. Of course by then the SS model didn't consist of anything special, but it was a sharp looking car. It had a 283 with a 3 on the tree. I thought that the bucket seats with console looked strange with the column shifter. You could almost see and feel that GM body flex as it went down the road.

    • Snakebit Snakebit on Nov 09, 2012

      OK, I don't particularly like the '69-70 and later full size Chevrolets, but I didn't subscribe to TTAC to read others praise my taste. I agree with liking the '67 over the '68. I saw a HMN Classic Cars road test of a marine blue/blue interior '67 SS427 convertible with four speed,disc brakes(and those one-year only small hubcaps on rally wheels, and red-striped tires). Still hard to believe that this was a performance/sporty car, but it was surely stunning. As I wrote before, my ideal big Chevrolet would be the 1965 Caprice 396 Turbo Hydramatic, but I wouldn't leave a '67 out in the snow, either.

  • Pduffin Pduffin on Apr 17, 2013

    Can any one tell me the name of the Junkyard in Colorado where the 1969 impala was found, I have a 2 door sedan and could use a few parts from it as it is the same Mustard green as I have here in Massachusetts, I would like to contact them before it goes totally into the scrap heap.

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