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1969 Chevrolet Chevelle Nickey Continuation Chevelle #001

Offered Without Reserve
Scottsdale 2011
Consignment # 9342
VIN:   136379K478275


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Nineteen fifty-five was Chevrolet's Renaissance as it was the year one for the hot Chevy and marked the companies assault on the growing youth market. With a sharp new style and a hot new 265 cid V-8 under the hood as optional power Chevrolet was no longer your Grandmother's car. Model year production soared to over 1.7 million, a record for any automaker.

Chevrolet built on a good thing in 1956 with an extensive face lift and some potent new power options. The 1957 Chevrolet model was an instant "Classic" as it was regarded as a baby Cadillac and the Bel Air Sport Coupe, convertible and two-door Nomad station quickly gained cult following.

Performance enthusiasts will remember 1957 as the year Chevrolet bored out the small block V-8 to 283 cid and made available the most prestigious of options the Ramjet Fuel injection. Chevy claimed one horsepower per cubic inch.

In 1965 the Chevrolet Motor Division posted a number of records. Large Chevrolet's were redesigned with long flowing lines and the new Corsair received rave reviews from the press. The 1965 Corvette received a four-wheel brake system and a robust 396 cid V-8 became Chevy's latest high performance option.

The late 1960's were years of declining market share for Chevrolet products. Ralph Nader's attack on the Corvair hurt auto sales in general but had a particularly severe effect on Chevrolet and the Corvair was dropped in 1969.

Full sized Chevrolet's were completely redesigned for 1969 and while the wheelbase remained unchanged the overall length increased by an inch. Only a few minor restyling changes occurred with the 1969 Chevelle to distinguish it from the all new 1968 model. The front grill was restyled using a horizontal grill bar in the center with the bumpers incorporating an opening in which the turn signals were located. The rear taillights wee larger and were angled inward.

The Chevelle Malibu was the mid-priced, mid-sized series and included all the equipment found on the base line plus Hide-Away two speed wipers, Deluxe steering wheel, glove box light, window molding and carpets. Specific identification features varied bu body type and the long list of potential options that could be ordered. It was possible to order Malibu's and Chevelles in over 300 variations

This 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle is from the Nickey Chicago, Inc. collection and is Nickey Vintage Continuation Series Chevelle Serial #001. It is equipped with a 427 CI L72 iron block engine with a 12 Bolt Posi and TH 400 Transmission. It is finished in original Hugger Orange Super Sport livery and is equipped with a buckets, console and tach and gauges. The RPO L72 427/425 horsepower Turbo Jet V-8 was a $447 option in 1969

It was a Gold award winner at the CVF Nationals in 2007 and 2008 as well as receiving a Concours Gold at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in 2010. It was the MCACN 1969 Chevelle Show case feature car and has been featured in numerous magazines. In addition is was featured at the Super Car Reunion in both show and racing! It received a special show case invitation to Performance World in Ontario Canada. It has been certified by Don Swiatek, Nickey Chevrolets original Hi-Performance Manager