The 1969 model of the Corvette was not a revolutionary design, nor did it have any new features that changed the automotive industry. The decade-ender model saw minor changes that owners of the previous year’s designs had wanted.
The steering wheel was trimmed down to allow for more leg room and the doors were slightly redesigned to allow for a half inch of added shoulder room. The ignition was shifted from the dash to the steering column.
The model also changed from the Shark to the Stingray. The 1969 Corvette featured hidden windshield wipers beneath a power pop-up panel. Engine alterations, on the other hand, were more obvious. The famed small-block was boosted to offer 350 cubic inches of displacement. The big-block 427s returned unchanged, with ratings of 390 to 435 horsepower.
Despite continued criticism from the press for its dismal quality, styling eccentricities and overall lack of finesse, Corvette sales jumped in 1969, rising by more than 10,000 units to 38,762.