With the elimination of the standard Impala Super Sport following the 1968 model year, the SS427 was left as the sole remaining big Super Sport for 1969. The SS427 was never about comfort or good-looking interiors; it was about performance. Sadly, the interior of the 1969 Impala SS427 illustrated just how far the Impala Super Sport had fallen since its introduction in 1961. There was no optional "Super Sport" interior to liven things up; the bucket seats/center console combination was now an extra-cost option known simply as RPO A-51. There was no "Special Instrumentation" package, no "Super Sport" door panels, no special "SS427" ornamentation. To be frank, the interior of the 1969 Impala SS427 was quite boring!

Like I said however, the Z-24 option was about performance, not luxury or good looks, and that's why Chevrolet engineers did nothing to the interior for the SS427. Just like the exterior, 1969 was the first time the name "Impala" appeared in the interior and no "SS427" emblems could be found anywhere.

 

Shown above is what I referred to in the opening paragraph; the 1969 SS427 Impala featured very little to set it apart from a standard Impala. As I said this is the only year that the SS427 actually carried the name "Impala" anywhere inside the vehicle. The dash pad emblem, the door panels, the upholstery patterns; everything except the steering wheel shroud and emblem was identical to a plain Impala. This is discussed in depth below.

 

The one spot on the interior of the 1969 Impala SS427 where you might find any type of identification that this was no ordinary Impala was the steering wheel. That is only if the car came with the standard steering wheel, discussed a little further below. If the car was ordered with the wood grained plastic steering wheel (RPO-N34), that left the interior with no features indentifying the car as a Super Sport! That's because just like in previous years, the sport wheel retained its bow tie emblem on top of the circular horn button cap. This sport wheel can be seen in the pictures above.

Only 2,215 customers chose the optional sport wheel in 1969, so again like previous years, it is a rare original option, but you will find many cars restored with reproduction sport wheels. The sport wheel shown above to the far left is also commonly known as a "Rosewood" wheel and has an appearance resembling cherry wood. There was a second type of sport wheel used in the late 1969 model year and it is of a black plastic type. This wheel is shown above and to the right and is identical to what was installed in the 1970 model year. Both of these sport wheels are distinguishable from previous years in that they have a smaller diameter and a much different appearance to them.

 
'69 wheel with wood grai n shroud

Shown above is the standard steering wheel included with Impala. I have seen these wheels decorated in two different ways on the 1969 SS427. Most of the 1969 SS427s I have seen have the standard wheel with a small "SS" emblem centered in the middle of a black shroud. This was pretty much the practice Chevrolet-wide in 1969 for all Super Sports, whether Impala, Nova, Camaro, etc. The two pictures above left and center (green and black interiors) show this black shroud. Now this is where things can get a bit confusing and 1969 is a confusing year for the appearance of the steering wheel.

Above and to the far right is the standard steering wheel pictured in a legitimate 1969 SS427 Impala. Notice the shroud; it is not black, but instead is of the same type of simulated wood grain you will find in non Super Sport cars. Just another example of there being no rhyme or reason for anything back then.

 
1969 tachometer

These three pictures are of some of the rarest and hardest to find accessories installed on the 1969 Chevrolets. The first two pictures to the left are of the ultra-rare 1969 gauge cluster, a Corporate Office Production Option that was mostly installed in public service vehicles such as police cruisers. The 1969 Biscayne these gauges were in was a former police cruiser. The picture in the middle also shows the 140 m.p.h. speedometer.

The picture to the far right is of the hard-to-find 1969 tachometer, an option that was dealer-installed and was not readily available through Regular Production Option purchase. It is shown in the 1969 "Custom Features Accessories" brochure, but cannot be found as a listed option in the dealer order form. The arrow points to the area where you can see the tachometer in the picture on the right.

 
 

Shown above and to the left is another picture of the afforementioned accesory tachometer. This picture shows another location where you will find this tachometer mounted.

One thing a 1969 SS427 WILL have is front disc brakes and 15 inch wheels. Unlike 1967 and 1968, the disc brakes were part of the SS427 equipment option and the picture in the middle shows the "disc brakes" metallic insert on the main brake pedal. Of course, as with all the other SS427 goodies in 1969, the front-wheel power disc brakes could be ordered on any standard Impala. Iif a person came across a 1969 Impala bearing the SS emblems but it had 14 inch wheels and drum brakes in the front, it might raise their suspicions.

On a side note, for anyone wondering "Could you get a 1969 SS427 with a bench seat?", the answer is most definitely YES! As I explained earlier, the SS427 was a performance option, not a "looks" option, and it did not include bucket seats. RPO Z-24, Impala SS427 equipment, was a model option for Impala, and Impala came standard with bench seat and transmission on the column. If RPO A-51 (bucket seats) was not specified, then the car was delivered with a bench seat. I mention this because I have heard many car show visitors question the authenticity of my 1969 SS427 because it has a bench seat and a column shift transmission. These people were under the assumption once again that "all Chevy Super Sports had bucket seats".