When someone says “muscle car,” what immediately comes to mind for you?
For most people, a muscle car (which was built for speed and not much else) is defined by a V8 engine, a manual drive train, a solid axle with some hefty gears in the back, and a God-awful turning radius. From the late ’60s to the early ’70s, car enthusiasts thrived in the classic American muscle period, and Chevrolet churned out iconic muscle cars like nobody’s business.
In the above video from The Drive, host Mike Musto takes us for a ride in a 1969 Chevy Impala SS and does a damn good job showing us why it was the definitive car of its time.
For all you spec heads out there, let’s take a look at what the ’69 Impala was working with. It had five body styles to choose from: Convertible, Custom Coupe, Sport Coupe, 4-door Sport Sedan, and 4-door Sedan. Its base engine was a 250 in-line 6 cylinder engine that churned out around 155 horsepower, though the sportier models came stocked with a 307 CID V8.
When it came to the exterior design and other features, the 1969 Chevrolet Impala rocked that classic Chevy look and feel.
Per Concept Carz:
The Impala had triple taillights, bright metal along the lower portion of the body, and body-side script displaying the Impala name.
Standard equipment included bright metal rear window, roof drip and windshield moldings. They had front and rear side marker lamps and a glove box light. They had all the GM safety features, door-actuated light switches, heater, defroster, cigarette lighter, locking glove box, carpeting, armrests, and center dome light. They also came with a Deluxe steering wheel, door and window frame moldings, and extra-thick seat cushions in the front. The Sport Coupe had bright metal moldings below the doors and wheel lip moldings. Convertible models had vinyl upholstery and carpeted lower door panels.
As for the 1969 Impala SS, that thing was all about speed and power. It came with an exclusive Z24 package that offered a 427 cubic-inch V8 engine of 335, 390, or 425 horsepower. And, as you can see in the video, it definitely looked the part. Simply put, this thing is a BEAST.