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1969 Chevelle SS 396 4-Speed

1969 Chevelle SS 396, 350 HP, 4-Speed, 342 Rear End, Daytona Yellow and more; Steve Whitaker, Ankeny, Iowa

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In 1969, Steve bought a new Daytona Yellow Chevelle. At nineteen, it was his first new car. Being a bright yellow car, he happened to spot the car going through his town on a train headed for the car dealership. That was an exciting moment. Steve continued the excitement by putting  a lot of miles on that car. The family story is that he put more miles on the car than his father whose job was to travel the whole state of Iowa.

Thirty years later in 1999, Steve put an ad on a Chevelle site on the Internet for a Daytona Yellow Chevelle like his original car. A gentleman in Georgia emailed him that he had just the car Steve wanted. Steve flew to Georgia to see the car but was disappointed that it didn’t have a 375 horsepower motor and someone had added air conditioning. He really wanted a car like the one he had in 1969. Besides, Steve is the cautious type who likes to think about his purchase carefully.

Over a year later in January of 2001, Steve finally decided he wanted the car in Georgia. He hadn’t found another Daytona Yellow car and luckily the guy in Georgia hadn’t really wanted to sell his car. So, he still had it. Steve and a friend went to Georgia and pulled it back to Iowa.That summer, he drove it a lot and took it regularly to a drive-in called Porky’s in Des Moines. Old cars gathered there every Wednesday and Thursday nights. Then on a sunny November Sunday afternoon, Steve decided to take the Chevelle for one last drive before he put it away for the winter. There was hardly a car out except for the guy drinking his beer and running the red light. Missing the light was one thing, but how could he not see the bright yellow car? The guy hit the driver’s side by the front axle and spun Steve around. He was devastated. He hadn’t even had the car for a year and feared the car would never be the same. However, those car guys fixed up it up better than new.

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Here is Steve at Porky’s in Des Moines. They have great Tenderloins. If I am in Des Moines I have a Porky’s Tenderloin and the next day it’s over to the Maid-Rite!

Steve would like to have lots of cars like his friend, Dick Fleener but as you heard in this piece. Steve needs to think about his purchase carefully before he buys.  He has been going to Barrett Jackson and has let several cars get away. Steve’s wife Nancy has started taking pictures of many of  the cars he didn’t  buy. Steve complains to his wife that his friend, Dick has cars in magazines and on TV shows all the time.  Nancy has pointed out that maybe that is because Dick actually buys the cars that he finds.  Most people won’t wait over a year to sell their car like the guy in Georgia.

His wife Nancy wrote this about her car-loving husband, Steve. Nancy has enjoyed seeing so many old cars at car shows around the country. It is a fun reason to travel. However, it seems to her that she may have seen all the old cars in the country. She thinks she has seen a lot of them twice.

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have a Daytona Yellow 1969 Camaro Rally Sport Z28 sitting in your garage next to your Daytona Yellow 1969 Chevelle SS 396! Steve thought so, but he just can’t make up his mind fast enough. This is one that got away!

Well, it took a couple of years but Steve finally filled the open space in his garage that was waiting for that special Daytona Yellow 1969 Camaro.

This is a real 69 Z28 RS with the rare dual 4s and 4-speed! I hope to do a feature on this car in he near future.



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I LOVE THIS PHOTO, THIS IS STEVE AND NANCY AT HER PARENTS HOME. NOTE THE CORN FIELD IN THE BACKGROUND! THIS IS THE WAY I REMEMBER IOWA AND THOSE GREAT SUMMERS.

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This is the view I remember most.

This is the Camaro that didn’t get away and now parks next to the 69 SS, Click Here or on the image to see and read more about the new addition to the Whitaker family.

2010 Camaro

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  1. Louise says:

    I remember the yellow car well, Steve. What was the mpg? Back then I think gas was about 15 cents per gallon. *sigh* You probably don’t recall that my first car was a 1963 Comet, just like Grandma’s. Well, it was blue-green instead of blue. It was a 3 speed on the column. It was not a cool car, but it got me there. I eventually traded it in for a 1969 Mustang.

  2. Mike Krueger says:

    Beautiful car. Sure hope that I can make it to Pork’ys one of these days. I dig
    on Maid-Rites, too! Mike

    P.S. There is a guy in your town that is extremely rich, just behind Oprah in
    wealth that owns a bunch of Chevys’. Can you tell me his name or if he has a website? Thanks!

  3. rfleener says:

    Mike, I have seen the same email you probably saw. Yea, it is quite a collection. I have heard it is located in or near Ankeny, Iowa but have no idea who it might be. I have a friend in Ankeny but I live in TN. How about it, any one out there know where these cars are and who the guy is? Is the museum open to the public?

  4. Dave Malin says:

    I remember getting the chance to ride with Steve many times in his original Chevelle. Great car many great memories. Steve had the biggest collection of 8-track tapes that I knew of. When I hear some of those songs today it always reminds me of riding with Steve and listening to toons. I am glad that he hasn’t added the bug deflector to his current Chevelle. Ha….ha….I hope Nancy continues to encourage him to buy all the cars he would like as he will be a great caretaker of them! Dave

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