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went to a site that i used to frequent due to the wealth of information on 69 chevys. they had this little feature posted


It’s 1970 and you’re enjoying a day at the strip. The typical cars file up to the line and charge from the gate. Then you see a 4,500-lb ’69 Chevy Kingswood 9 passenger wagon lumber up to the line, its massive body dwarfing everything else around. They can’t be serious! What’s that doing here? Before you can contemplate further, it launches down the ¼ mile and thunders across the line a mere 12.41 seconds later, at 111.88 mph. Stunned, you can’t help but think “What the hell just happened??”

Well, the explanation is simple. This particular Kingswood (which was a trim level equal to the Impala in the 1969 full size wagon four model line-up) happened to have a 425-horse 427 cubic inch L72 under the hood, heavy duty 12-bolt Posi rear end and an F41 suspension…all from the factory. Chevrolet left no clues to any of this when it rolled off the line, and perhaps that’s what makes this wagon so special. It didn’t need a sporty coupe body style, or the smaller size and flashiness of the pony and muscle cars of its day. It’s wasn’t a stripped down light-weight either, running with the full factory stock Kingswood interior, including the 3rd bench seat, intact. From the factory it was just a big white, plain-Jane wagon; a deceptive cover for the pure power, no nonsense, factory drive train built for just one purpose: to win. Perhaps it was the ultimate sleeper.



Edited by cletus8269

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Fast AND practical.

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