454-Powered 1969 Chevrolet Caprice Coupe

Originally equipped with a stout 427, this 1969 Chevrolet Caprice Coupe near Phoenix, Arizona now packs a later 420 HP 454 under the hood. That and the factory hidden headlights should grab the attention of Chevy fans everywhere. The listing here on Craigslist asks $25,500 for the crisp-looking ’69, and the seller describes it as a strong runner that can be “driven anywhere.” Thanks to reader craiger for spotting this nifty coupe.

Both variations of Chevy’s Mark IV Big Block, the 427 (7.0L) and 454 (7.4L) engines could be difficult to distinguish if you wanted a stock-looking engine bay. With dyno numbers over 400 HP, the new buyer will probably enjoy the warmed-up 454 without changing a thing. What looks like a Champion Radiator in aluminum should keep the angry rat motor cool even in the Arizona heat. Chevy offered two 427s in the full-sized ’69, making 335 and 390 HP, according to sales literature.

Factory air conditioning no longer works the seller has the compressor and describes all other AC equipment as intact, earning bonus points for a word we often see incorrectly written as “in tack” <slight facial tick>.  Unless you’re selling a horse, the word you’re looking for is “intact.”

A few years before (safety-mandated) “diving platform” bumpers challenged designers everywhere, the Caprice wore a nicely integrated rear bumper that offered protection in a smooth chrome element of the body lines. A 12-bolt rear end with 3.08 gears backs up the rebuilt 454, and should allow highway cruising and leverage to burn the tires. Chevy brochures mostly showed these coupes with a vinyl top, but the seller says this one came painted as you see it today. The five-slot wheels look great on this green machine. A repaint in original color has the exterior looking ready to cruise. Correct upholstery material and other extras come with the sale. Not everyone likes the formal roof line on the ’69, but I’d take this look over an earlier fastback any day. Can you see yourself cruising in this big block Caprice?


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  1. alphasud Member

    I really like the lines on this car. I love the engine that motivates it and I also get weak in the knees over concealed headlamps. This one has me hook, line, and sinker!

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  2. Stan

    Lites’ em up when you floor it. Beauty car love the Caprice model.

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  3. Boatman Member

    I’m with you on the roof, Todd.

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  4. Mike Stephens Staff

    Other than the A/C not being “intact”, talk about a car I wouldn’t change a thing on, this one is it. Love the bench seat and column shifter in this case.

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  5. Stevieg Member

    The 1969 & 1970 full size Chevies are a favorite for me, with 1969 having a slight edge on 1970 in my opinion. This one came from the factory with the right options, enhanced a tad with the even bigger engine. My only dislike is the colors. I could overlook that for this car!

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  6. JD Herrera

    Agreed on the roofline. I liked that roofline when my dad had a ’66 Caprice. I think the first Caprice appeared in ’65. It is striking and one of the best designs ever!

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  7. kebbiker

    this car mirrors a 350 powered Impala i once owned other than the inserted engine and the headlights. all the way down to the color of the exterior and interior except my air worked and my car got better gas mileage.

  8. JD

    While I like the ’65 Impala, I really like the bumper-integrated taillights in the ’68, ’69 and ’70. Beautiful cars!

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  9. Utes

    Contrary to what Barn Finds states, Chevy offered 3 427’s in ’69, ie. the 335-horse LS1, the 390hp L36, & most importantly, the L72, which was rated @ 425 horsepower. The L72 sadly was not listed in any sales literature.

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  10. Mark

    I had a 69 pretty similar. Mine was blue with a black vinyl top, 396 with a 400 turbo… My friends used the tease me all the time about driving this boat around. It is a huge car and it handles and rides like crap. I paid $200 for the car it was running on 7 cylinders due to a flat cam lobe. I didn’t put many miles on it because it was very very hard on gas and I had a corvette to drive. Pulled the motor and trans and sold it for $250 after 5 yrs of ownership. These have gained a lot of popularity since I sold mine in 2008.

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