Even though it wasn't quite as badass as the 454 Chevelle you could get the following year, the name "SS 396" just sounded mean. In any case, the '69 Chevelle SS 396 certainly held its own in the badass department. While most of them went out in blazing feats of Pabst-enhanced hoontastic glory over the years, you still see a fair number of these cars around (sadly, more and more are seen only in car shows; it's been years since we saw a Chevelle doing a gnarly burnout in a convenience-store parking lot). But never mind the car version; what you really wanted back then was the Chevelle wagon with 396 and 4-speed. Oh yes, you could get that setup in a wagon!
69 In A Wide-Track Pontiac [internal]