This page has most, if not all, of the options available when ordering a new 1969 Chevrolet Corvette. Also included are the interior and exterior color options, including paint codes. Read more: 1969 Corvette research center.
1969 Corvette Factory Options
Base Corvette Sport Coupe
Base Corvette Convertible
Genuine Leather Seats
Soft Ray Tinted Glass, All Windows
Custom Shoulder Belts (std. with coupe)
Auxiliary Hardtop (for convertible)
Vinyl Covering (for auxiliary hardtop)
Rear Window Defroster (Coupe only)
Special Front and Rear Suspension
Positraction Rear Axle, all ratios
Special Heavy Duty Brakes
Engine Block Heater
Transistor Ignition System
427 Cubic Inches, 390 Horsepower Engine
427 Cubic Inches, 350 Horsepower Engine
427 Cubic Inches, 400 Horsepower Engine
427 Cubic Inches, 435 Horsepower Engine
427 Cubic Inches, 430 Horsepower Engine
Aluminum Cylinder Heads with L71
Heavy Duty Clutch
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Speed Manual Transmission, close ratio
4-Speed Manual Transmission, close ratio, heavy-duty
Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission
Side Mount Exhaust System
Tilt-Telescopic Steering Column
Deluxe Wheel Covers
Red Stripe Tires, F70x15, nylon
White Stripe Tires, F70x15, nylon
White Letter Tires, F70x15, nylon
Front Fender Louver Trim
Speed Warning Indicator
AM-FM Radio, stereo
Special L88 (aluminum block)
Base Corvette Sport Coupe (19437)
The base price of the 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe without any optional equipment.
A 350 cubic inch, 300 horsepower engine, a 3-speed manual transmission, vinyl interior trim, and T-tops were included in the base price.
The Coupe’s appearance was similar to the 1968 with only minor differences: A “Stingray” scripted emblem (one word) was added to the front fenders, the exterior door opening mechanism was redesigned from a push-button/pull handle type to a concealed release without a separate button.Base Corvette Convertible (19467) – The base price of the 1969 Corvette Convertible without any optional equipment.
A 350 cubic inch, 300 horsepower engine, a 3-speed manual transmission, vinyl interior trim, and a convertible soft top was included in the base price.
The Convertible’s appearance was similar to the 1968 with only minor differences: A “Stingray” scripted emblem (one word) was added to the front fenders, the exterior door opening mechanism was redesigned from a push-button/pull handle type to a concealed release without a separate button.Genuine Leather Seats ( — ) – Optional leather upgrade to replace the standard vinyl seats on the 1969 Corvette.
Soft Ray Tinted Glass, All Windows (A01)
Window tint applied to the upper portion of the windshield and all other windows.
Power Windows (A31)
Factory installed power driver and passenger windows.
A head restraint attached to the top of the seat for both safety and comfort.
Was originally a required RPO early in the model year, then became a standard feature after January 1, 1969. However, General
Motors records indicate that the option could be deleted for a credit.
Custom Shoulder Belts (A85)
An addition to the standard lap safety belt that crosses over the shoulder for added safety.
The shoulder belts option were included with all Corvette coupes at no additional charge. The option was also available on the
Corvette convertible, but at an additional cost.
Auxiliary Hardtop (for convertibles) (C07)
An optional hard-top that could be installed in lieu of the convertible top.
Vinyl Covering (for Auxiliary Hardtop) (C08)
This option provided an external vinyl liner application to the auxiliary hardtop.
The vinyl covering provided a faux convertible top appearance even when the hardtop was mounted on the car.
Rear Window Defroster (Coupe only) (C50)
Air Conditioning (C60)
Factory installed air-conditioning.
Heater integrated, manually controlled by knobs on instrument control panel that operate bowden cables to activate various doors/ducts and switches to operate system.
System includes evaporator, blower, condenser, receiver-dehydrator, refrigerant (freon) tank, air intake assembly and duct assembly for both systems.
Special Front and Rear Suspension (F41)
An optional suspension with upgraded springs, shock absorbers, & stabilizer bar.
Consisted of special heavy-duty coil springs on the front end, with heavy duty shocks on both the front an rear on the car, and a heavy duty 7-leaf rear spring. This suspension package allowed Corvettes fitted with this option to sit slightly lower than the factory suspension.
Positraction Rear Axle, all ratios (G81)
The factory optioned rear axles available for the 1969 Corvette.
The available axle ratios included: 3.08:1, 3.36:1, 3.55:1, 3.70:1, 4.11:1, 4.56:1.
Power Brakes (J50)
Vacuum power assisted brakes; includes dual circuit master cylinder.
Special Heavy Duty Brakes (J56)
Heavy-duty braking system for improved stopping performance.
Consisted of a special proportioning valve which placed the maximum braking effect at the front wheels (in order to compensate for weight transfer under heavy braking conditions), and brake shoes with increased structural rigidity and retention.
Engine Block Heater (K05)
An electric heating element designed to ease cold-weather engine starts.
Transistor Ignition System (K66)
Deltronic ignition system by Delco -Remy.
This system yields higher spark plug voltage, and operates at extremely high speeds without losing ignition performance.
An added benefit is that the transistor ignition system is essentially maintenance free.
427ci, 390hp Engine (L36)
Alternate big block engine with improved 390 horsepower output.
350ci, 350hp Engine (L46)
Alternate small block engine with improved 350 horsepower output.
The 1969 Corvette was the first year to utilize a 350 cubic inch displacement engine.
427ci, 400hp Engine (L68)
Alternate engine with improved 400 horsepower output.
427ci, 435hp Engine (L71)
Alternate engine with improved 435 horsepower output.
427ci, 430hp Engine (L88)
Alternate engine with improved 430 horsepower output.
The L88 engines came equipped with closed chamber aluminum heads that operated at a 12.5:1 compression ratio.
The 1969 L88 engine came equipped with emission equipment.
Aluminum Cylinder Heads with L71 (L89)
Aluminum Cylinder Heads for the427C.I., 435HP Engine (RPO L71).
Heavy Duty Clutch (MA6)
An optional, dual-disk clutch assembly.
Was only available with the optional, high-performance engines offered in the 1969 model year.
The biggest advantage of the dual-disc clutch was its durability. It was capable of withstanding all of the rigors associated with mating it to a 427 engine.
Its friction surface doubled, which greatly increased the clutch’s coupling power and torque capacity.
It featured a special design and heat-treated high cone diaphragm for positive high rpm engagement.
4-Speed Manual Transmission (M20)
An optional Muncie 4-speed manual transmission.
The gear ratios for the RPO M20 4-Speed Manual Transmission are: 1st Gear – 2.52:1, 2nd Gear – 1.88:1, 3rd Gear – 1.46:1, 4th Gear – 1.0:1 (Direct).
4-Speed Manual Transmission, Close Ratio (M21)
A close ratio version of the M20 Muncie 4-speed manual transmission.
The gear ratios for the RPO M21 Close Ratio 4-Speed Manual Transmission are: 1st Gear – 2.20:1, 2nd Gear – 1.64:1, 3rd Gear – 1.28:1, 4th Gear – 1.0:1 (Direct).
4-Speed Manual Trans, Close Ratio, Heavy Duty (M22)
A heavy-duty version of the Close Ratio Manual Transmission.
This heavy duty transmission came equipped with a fine spline input shaft, a larger diameter output shaft and gear teeth that utilized reduced helix angles. It was equipped with the following gear ratios: 1st Gear – 2.20:1, 2nd Gear – 1.64:1, 3rd Gear – 1.27:1, and 4th Gear – 1.00:1.
Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission (M40)
An optional, three-speed automatic transmission.
The Turbo Hydra-Matic Automatic Transmission consisted of a 3-element hydraulic torque converter and compound planetary gear set. It was equipped with the following gear ratios: 1st Gear – 2.48:1, 2nd Gear – 1.48:1, and 3rd Gear – 1.00:1.
The M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission cost $221.80 when combined with the standard 350 cubic inch, 300 horsepower engine, but cost $290.40 when combined with RPO’s L71, L88 or L89.
Side Mount Exhaust System (N14)
Optional exhaust pipes routed from the mufflers to beneath the driver & passenger doors.
The sidepipe exhaust system was one of the few characteristics which differentiated the 1969 Corvette from the 1968 Corvette.
Tilt Telescopic Steering Column (N37)
An optional, adjustable steering column and tilt-angle adjustable steering wheel.
The Telescopic Steering Column changes the drivers distance from the steering wheel by literally telescoping the steering wheel closer to or further away from the vehicle operator.
Power Steering (N40)
Hydraulically assisted power steering.
Deluxe Wheel Covers (P02)
Special chrome plated Corvette Rally Wheel Center Caps which feetured a starburst pattern.
They are essentially the same wheel covers as RPO P01 which was previously released on the 1968 Corvette.
Refer to the 1969 Corvette Specification page for more information (including images of the wheel cover design.)
Red Stripe Tires, F70 x 15, nylon (PT6)
Standard size tires with a special 3/8″ wide red sidewall stripes.
The red stripe tires were a popular option in the late sixties and early seventies. General Motors actually experimented with a number of other colors, including blue and gold sidewall stripes.
White Stripe Tires, F70 x 15, nylon (PT7)
Standard size tires with a special 3/8″ wide white sidewall stripes.
White Letter Tires, F70x 15, nylon (PU9)
Standard size tires with a special raised white lettering.
The raised lettering on these tires read “WIDE TREAD F70-15”.
Front Fender Louver Trim (TJ2)
The fender louvers included a special, chrome insert that enhanced their appearance.
The fender vent trim was one of the differentiators between the 1968 Corvette and the 1969 Corvette.
Alarm System (UA6)
A factory installed alarm system.
When activated, the alarm system would trigger the horn to sound in a repetitive pattern of short bursts.
Speed Warning Indicator (U15)
An adjustable needle on the speedometer which activates an audible alarm when speeding.
The speed warning indicator needle signals a buzzer indicating the driver is exceeding the predefined set speed. It can be adjusted by the operator of the vehicle to accommodate different speed conditions.
AM-FM Radio (U69)
A standard/stock dealer installed Corvette radio for model years 1968-1971.
The radio broadcast only a mono signal.
AM-FM Radio, Stereo (U79)
An optional dealer installed Corvette radio for model years 1968-1971.
This radio option provided a true stereo signal.
This radio featured green lettering.
Special L88 (Aluminum Block) (ZL1)
An all-aluminum block variant of the 427CI, 430HP Engine.
The ZL1 option required the same options as the L88 which included the Transistor Ignition System (K66), Special Front and Rear Suspension (F41), Special Heavy-Duty Brakes (J56), and Positraction Rear Axles, all ratios (G81).
Radio and air conditioning were not available when ordering the ZL1 option.
The steering wheel diameter was reduced from 16 inches to 15 inches.
Map pockets were added to the passenger side dash area.
The 1969 Corvette was the first year to feature a steering column ignition switch, an 8 inch wheel width, and headlight