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1969 Corvette Specs

Body Specs

Wheelbase 98.00 inches
Overhand (Front) 40.6 inches
Overhang (Rear) 43.9 inches
Front Track 58.7 inches
Rear Track 59.4 inches
Length 182.5 inches
Front Fender Overall Width 69.0 inches
Rear Fender Overall Width 68.8 inches
Overall Height (Design) 47.8 inches (Coupe)
47.9 inches (Convertible, Hardtop)
Rocker Panel to Ground (Front) 6.7 inches
Rocker Panel to Ground (Rear) 6.7 inches
Bottom of Door to Ground (Closed) 10.0 inches
Windshield Slope Angle 32.6°
Head Room 36.2 inches (Coupe)
37.1 inches (Convertible, Soft Top)
36.0 inches (Convertible, Hard Top)
Shoulder Room 46.9 inches
Hip Room 48.8 inches
Tire Size F70-15
Wheels, Regular Production Size: 15 x 8.00
Three Speed Transmission 1st Gear 2.54:1
2nd Gear 1.50:1
3rd Gear 1.00:1
Reverse Gear 2.63:1
Turbo Hydra-Matic (Automatic) Transmission
(Not Available with L71 Engine)
1st Gear 2.48:1
2nd Gear 1.48:1
3rd Gear 1.00:1
Reverse Gear 2.08:1
Lubricant Capacity 3 Quarts
Four Speed M20 Transmission
(Not available with L71 Engine)
1st Gear 2.52:1
2nd Gear 1.88:1
3rd Gear 1.46:1
4th Gear 1.00:1
Reverse Gear 2.59:1
Close Ratio Four Speed
M21 Transmission
(Not available with Standard Engine)
1st Gear 2.20:1
2nd Gear 1.64:1
3rd Gear 1.27:1
4th Gear 1.00:1
Reverse Gear 2.26:1
Transmission Lubricant Type Military MIL-L-2105-B
SAE 80
Lubricant Capacity Three Speed: 2 Quarts
Four Speed: 2.5 Quarts
Differential Lubricant Type Military MIL-L-2105-B
SAE 80
Differential Lubricant Capacity 3.7 pints
Axle Ratio Standard: 3.36:1
Turbo Hydra-Matic (Automatic): 2.73:1
Optional: 3.08:1
L36, L68 Engines: 2.73:1*, 3.08:1*, 3.36:1, 3.55:1, 3.70:1
L71 Engine: 2.73:1*, 3.08:1*, 3.36:1, 3.55:1, 3.70:1, 4.11:1
*Automatic Transmission
Transmission Synchromesh Three Speed: 2nd and 3rd Gears
Four Speed: All Four Gears
Standard Fuel Tank Capacity 20 Gallons
Steering Wheel Diameter
(Power, Manual Steering)
16.0 inches
Steering Ratio 16.0:1
Wheel Turns 3.4
Turning Circle 40.0 feet (Wall to Wall)
37.0 feet (Curb to Curb)


Weight

Model 19467 Convertible Front - Curb: 1,545; Shipping: 1,575 lb.
Rear - Curb: 1,705; Shipping: 1,570 lb.
Total - Curb: 3,250; Shipping: 3,145 lb.
Model 19437 Sport Coupe Front - Curb: 1,575; Shipping: 1,600 lb.
Rear - Curb: 1,670; Shipping: 1,540 lb.
Total - Curb: 3,245; Shipping: 3,1040 lb.

Power to Weight Ratio
Three Speed Manual Transmission 300 Horsepower Standard Engine: 3,545 lb.
Pounds / Horsepower: 11.82
Four Speed Manual Transmission 300 Horsepower Standard Engine: 3,541 lb.
Pounds / Horsepower: 11.80
Four Speed Manual Transmission 350 Horsepower L46 Engine: 3,542 lb.
Pounds / Horsepower: 10.12
Four Speed Manual Transmission 390 Horsepower L36 Engine: 3,698 lb.
Pounds / Horsepower: 9.48
Four Speed Manual Transmission 400 Horsepower L68 Engine: 3,709 lb.
Pounds / Horsepower: 9.48
Four Speed Manual Transmission 435 Hosepower L71 Engine: 3,718 lb.
Pounds / Horsepower: 8.55
Turbo Hydra-Matic
Automatic Transmission
300 Horsepower Standard Engine: 3,607 lb.
Pounds / Horsepower: 12.02
Turbo Hydra-Matic
Automatic Transmission
390 Horsepower L36 Engine: 3,759 lb.
Pounds / Horsepower: 9.65
Turbo Hydra-Matic
Automatic Transmission
400 Horsepower L68 Engine: 3,770 lb.
Pounds / Horsepower: 8.51
Weight Differentials
Power Windows (RPO A31) +10 lb.
(+5 lb. Front; +5 lb. Rear)
Auxiliary Top (RPO C07) +52 lb. (with Folding Top)
(+5 lb. Front; +47 lb. Rear)
+13 (less Folding Top)
(+5 lb. Front; +8 lb. Rear)
Air Conditioning (RPO C60) +95 lb.
(+76 lb. Front; +19 lb. Rear)
Power Brakes (RPO J50) +10 lb.
(+8 lb. Front; +2 lb. Rear)
Heavy Duty Power Brakes (RPO J56) +4 lb.
(+2 lb. Front; +2 lb. Rear)
Transistor Ignition (RPO K66) +2 lb.
427 cubic inch Engine
390 Horsepower (RPO L36)
+157 lb.
(+132 lb. Front; +25 lb. Rear)
350 cubic inch Engine +1 lb.
427 cubic inch Engine
350 Horsepower (RPO L68)
+11 lb.
(+10 lb. Front; +1 lb. Rear)
427 cubic inch Engine
435 Horsepower (RPO L71)
+177 lb.
(+149 lb. Front; +28 lb. Rear)
Aluminum Cylinder Heads (RPO L89) -73 lb.
Four Speed Transmission (RPO M20) -4 lb.
(+3 lb. Front; -1 lb. Rear)
Four Speed Transmission Close Ratio (RPO M21) -4 lb.
Four Speed Transmission Heavy Duty (RPO M22) -3 lb.
Turbo Hydra-Matic (Automatic) Transmission (RPO M40) +62 lb.
(+35 lb. Front; +27 lb. Rear)
Side Mounted Dual Exhaust (RPO N14) -30 lb.
(+10 lb. Front; -40 lb. Rear)
Steering Wheel, Tilt and Telescopic (RPO N37) +11 lb.
(+9 lb. Front; +2 lb. Rear)
Power Steering (RPO N40) +26 lb.
(+25 lb. Front; +1 lb. Rear)
Wheel Trim Covers (RPO P02) +18 lb.
(+9 lb. Front; +9 lb. Rear)
Radio AM / FM Pushbutton (RPO U69) +16 lb.
(+9 lb. Front; +7 lb. Rear)
Radio Stereo Equipment +6 lb.
(+3 lb. Front; +3 lb. Rear)
Horn Alarm System (RPO UA6) +3 lb.


Engine Specs

Type: V8
Valve Location: In Head
Bore / Stroke: 4.00" / 3.48" (Standard, L46 350 Cubic Inch)
4.25" / 3.76" (L36, L68, L71, L88 427 Cubic Inch)
Displacement: Standard, L46 Engines: 350 Cubic Inches
L36, L68, L71 Engines: 427 Cubic Inches
Compression Ratio: 10.25:1 (Standard, L36, L68 Engine)
11.0:1 (L46, L71 Engines)
Rocker Arms Stamping, Steel
Rocker Arm Ratio 1.5:1
Valve Train Lash, Inlet / Exhaust
Hydraulic Lifters
Zero
Valve Train Lash, Inlet / Exhaust
Mechanical Lifters (RPO L72)
Inlet: .024 inch
Exhaust: .028 inch
Crankshaft Material: Forged Steel
Camshaft Material: Cast Alloy Iron
Oil Pump Type: Gear
Normal Oil Pressure 30 - 45 psi @ 1,500 RPM
50 - 75 psi @ 2,000 RPM
Oil Pressure Gauge Mechanical
Crankcase Oil Capacity, Standard, L79 Engines 4 Quarts, Less Filter
5 Quarts, With Filter
Crankcase Oil Capacity, L36, L68, L71, L88 and L89 Engines 5 Quarts, Less Filter
6 Quarts, With Filter
Recommended Oil Grade Above 20°F: SAE 20W, SAE 10W-30, 10W-40,
20W-40
0°F to 60°F: SAE 10W 5W-30, 10W-40
Below 20°F: SAE 5W, 5W-20, 5W-30
Fuel Filter Strainer
Fuel Pump Mechanical
Fuel Pressure 5¼ - 6½ PSI
Cooling System Capacity 350 cubic inch Engines
15 Quarts (with heater)
14 Quarts (without heater)
427 cubic inch Engines
22 Quarts (with heater)
21 Quarts (without heater)
Thermostat Type Choke
Radiator Cap Relief Pressure 15 +/- 1 PSI
Battery 12 volt - 78 plate
62 Amp hr. @ 20 hr.
Thermostat Opening 192° - 198° F

Brakes
Type Caliper Disc, Four Wheel Hydraulic
Effective Area 78.1 Square Inches
Swept Area 461.2 Square Inches
Disc Vented
Pistons per Caliper Four

Horsepower
Standard Engine (350 cubic inch) 300 hp @ 4,800 RPM;
Torque: 380 lb-ft @ 3,200 RPM
RPO L46 (350 cubic inch) 350 hp @ 5,600 RPM;
Torque: 380 lb-ft. @ 3,600 RPM
RPO L36 (427 cubic inch) 390 hp @ 5,400 RPM;
Torque: 460 lb-ft @ 3,600 RPM
RPO L68 (427 cubic inch) 400 hp @ 5,400 RPM;
Torque: 460 lb-ft @ 3,600 RPM
RPO L71 (427 cubic inch) 435 hp @ 5,800 RPM;
Torque: 460 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

Ignition System
Coil Delco-Remy Base: 1111490; L46: 1111493; L36, L68; 1111926; L71: 1111928
Coil current rating 4 amps (engine stopped)
1.8 amps (engine running)
Breaker Gap .019"
Ignition Timing 4° BTC @ 700 RPM* (Standard Engine)
8° BTC @ 750 RPM (L46 Engine)
4° @ 800 RPM* (L36 Engine)
4° @ 750 RPM* (L68 Engine)
4° @ 750 RPM (L71 Engine)
* 600 RPM w/Automatic
Ignition Timing Centrifugal Advance Start: 900 RPM
Max: 30° @ 5,100 RPM (Standard Engine);
Max: 26° @ 5,000 RPM (L46 Engine);
Max: 26° @ 3,800 RPM (L36, L68 Engines)
Max: 30° @ 3,800 RPM (L71 Engine)
Ignition Timing Vacuum Advance Start: 6 inches Hg (Standard Engine)
Maximum: 19° @ 17 inches Hg
Start: 7 inches Hg (L46 Engine)
Maximum: 12° @ 12 inches Hg
Start: 7 inches Hg (L36, L68 Engines)
Maximum: 12° @ 12 inches Hg
Start: 8 inches Hg (L71 Engine)
Maximum: 15° @ 15.5 inches Hg
Spark Plug ACR44S (350 Cubic Inch Base Engine)
ACR44 (350 Cubic Inch L46 Engine)
AC43N (427 Cubic Inch Engines)
Spark Plug Thread 14 mm.
Spark Plug Torque 25 lb.-ft.
Spark Plug Gap .033 - .038 inch
Firing Order 1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2

1969 Corvette Options

RPO Description Production Price
Genuine Leather 3,729 (9.62%) $79.00
A01 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, all windows 31,270 (80.67%) $16.90
A31 Power Windows 9,816 (25.32%) $63.20
A82 Headrests (Became standard equipment on Corvettes manufactured in 1969) 38,762 (100.00%) $17.95
A85 Custom Shoulder Belts (standard with coupe) 600 (1.55%) $42.15
C07 Auxiliary Hardtop (for convertible) 7,878 (20.32%) $252.80
C08 Vinyl Covering (for auxiliary hardtop) 3,266 (8.43%) $57.95
C50 Rear Window Defroster 2,485 (6.41%) $32.65
C60 Air Conditioning 11,859 (30.59%) $428.70
F41 Special Front and Rear Suspension 1,661 (4.29%) $36.90
G81 Positraction Rear Axle, all ratios 36,965 (95.36%) $46.35
J50 Power Brakes 16,876 (43.54%) $42.15
J56 Special Heavy Duty Brakes 115 (0.30%) $384.45
K05 Engine Block Heater 824 (2.13%) $10.55
K66 Transistor Ignition System 5,702 (14.71%) $81.10
L36 427 cu. in. 390hp Engine 10,531 (27.17%) $221.20
L46 350 cu. in. 350hp Engine 12,846 (33.14%) $131.65
L68 427 cu. in. 400hp Engine 2,072 (5.35%) $326.55
L71 427 cu. in. 435hp Engine 2,722 (7.02%) $437.10
L88** 427 cu. in. 430hp Engine 116 (0.30%) $1,032.15
L89 Aluminum Cynlinder Heads for L71 390 (1.01%) $832.05
M20 4-Speed Manual Transmission 16,507 (42.59%) $184.80
M20 4-Speed Manual Transmission 16,507 (42.59%) $184.80
M21 4-Speed Manual Transmission, close ratio 13,741 (35.45%) $184.80
M21 4-Speed Manual Transmission, close ratio 13,741 (35.45%) $184.80
M22 4-Speed Manual Transmission, close ratio, heavy duty 101 (0.26%) $290.40
M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission 8,161 (21.05%) $221.80
MA6 Heavy Duty Clutch 102 (0.26%) $79.00
N14 Side Mount Exhaust System 4,355 (11.24%) $147.45
N37 Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column 10,325 (26.64%) $84.30
N40 Power Steering 22,866 (58.99%) $105.35
P02 Deluxe Wheel Covers 8,073 (20.83%) $57.95
PT6 Red Stripe Tires, F70x15, nylon 5,210 (13.44%) $31.30
PT7 White Stripe Tires, F70x15, nylon 21,379 (55.15%) $31.30
PU9 White Letter Tires, F70x15, nylon 2,398 (6.19%) $33.15
TJ2 Front Fender Louver Trim 11,962 (30.86%) $21.10
U15 Speed Warning Indicator 3,561 (9.19%) $11.60
U69 AM-FM Radio 33,871 (87.38%) $172.75
U79 AM-FM Radio, stereo 4,114 (10.61%) $278.10
UA6 Alarm System 12,436 (32.08%) $26.35
ZL1 Special L88 (aluminum block) Required K66, F41, J56 and G81. Radio and air conditioning was not available with the ZL1. 2 (0.01%) $4,718.35

Total Production: 38,762
Coupe: 22,129 (57.09%)
Convertible: 16,633 (42.91%)

Notes: Base Corvette Coupe with 350 cu. in. 300 hp engine and three speed manual transmission: $4,781.00.
Base Corvette Convertible with 350 cu. in. 300 hp engine and three speed manual transmission: $4,438.00.

Colors

Code Exterior Quantity Interior Soft Top Wheels
900 Tuxedo Black n/a Black / Bright Blue / Green / Gunmetal / Red / Saddle Black / White / Beige Silver
972 Can-Am White n/a Black / Bright Blue / Green / Gunmetal / Red / Saddle Black / White / Beige Silver
974 Monza Red n/a Black / Red / Saddle Black / White / Beige Silver
976 LeMans Blue n/a Black / Bright Blue Black / White / Beige Silver
980 Riverside Gold n/a Black / Saddle Black / White / Beige Silver
983 Fathom Green n/a Black / Green / Saddle Black / White / Beige Silver
984 Daytona Yellow n/a Black Black / White / Beige Silver
986 Cortez Silver n/a Black / Bright Blue / Green / Gunmetal / Red / Saddle Black / White / Beige Silver
988 Burgundy n/a Black / Saddle Black / White / Beige Silver
990 Monaco Orange n/a Black Black / White / Beige Silver


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