One Owner Muscle: 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle

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Muscle cars are what many of our dreams are made of, even more so with finding a one owner car. This ’69 Chevelle is claimed to be a one owner car that has a numbers matching 350 engine and Muncie 4 speed. It looks solid and promising. Bidding is currently up to $6,500 with several days left. Find it here on eBay out of Lanexa, Virginia.

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The heart of this Chevelle has been inspected and re-ringed, yielding good oil pressure and smooth operation. The engine bay looks untouched with an appealing original patina. It also has factory air conditioning, and a 12 bolt axle. The great part about this numbers matching Chevelle is that you can row your own gears with the Muncie 4 speed gear box. Not much has been said about the transmission or the overall operation of the vehicle, but it looks to be roadworthy, or close to it.

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The interior looks remarkable clean and original, as the seller has called this a “true time capsule.”  This bench seat 4 speed looks nice, with no major flaws apparent. We love the Fisher body works emblem on the kick plate. The seller has mentioned the addition of a period “Green line” tachometer mounted to the steering column, and a later added 8 track cassette player.

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The body looks clean and straight with minimal rust. The trunk floor looks excellent, and the only real evidence of rust is some surface rust on the tail end of the car. The roof looks nice, and there is no visible rust around the areas where the vinyl roof was attached. The seller mentions some rust in the driver quarter panel and in the deck lid filler panel. Neither of those areas sound severe. Having been wet sanded and primed many years ago would lead us to repaint the car in its original color. There are some obvious trim pieces missing, that the seller mentions he has, with some other varying new old stock parts.

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This one owner 350 4 speed car looks like it could be a deal waiting to happen. There is proper paper work on the cars history, and who doesn’t want a stick shift Chevelle? We think this would be a fantastic restoration candidate as it appears to be a fairly original and complete example. What do you think the hammer price will be on this ’69 Chevelle? What would you do with this classic? Restore it or something else?

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  1. RayT Member

    Almost up to $8K now, which seems like a bargain to me. Looks like a respray — yes, in original color — plus some smoothing out of the rough edges would be all it needs.

    My hat’s off to the original owner, who ordered the Ideal Specification! Well, I would have preferred bucket seats, but the individual seats of that era weren’t all that much better than the bench.

    I’d really love to have this one to play with.

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  2. Gary

    What’s an “8 track cassette player?”

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    • Rob

      Gary, you must be a real youngin’..
      It didn’t say ‘cassette’, it said an 8-track ‘player’. An 8-track tape is a magnetic tape sound recording technology that was popular in the United States and used in vehicles from the mid-1960’s (installed 1st under the dash), to the mid to late 1970’s when the manufactures then installed them in the dash with the radio, i.e. until the Compact Cassette format took over. The 8-track tape (about 3 1/2″ x 6″ x 1″ thick) had superseded the earlier 4-track tape, which had superseded the 45-rpm or multiple speed record players that were also an early option. They hung under the dash in the late 50’s, ‘n early 60’s.. here’s a photo of an 8-Track player in a Mustang.

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      • Rob

        Oh.. and that under the dash record player that was in my generation, the good ones were made by ARC, ‘n were for 45 rpm records. I say good, as they would rarely skip whilst driving, as multiple records were loaded upside down (pushed up), and the needle bar was spring loaded underneath. They were much like an early juke-box, and when combined with ‘Vibrasonic’ speakers (micro-second delayed between the front and back, it gave it a ‘concert hall’ sound), and the girls.. they loved it too.. 🙂

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      • John Deebank

        Rob, I had all of those toys and some of them sit in my basement along with a Quadraphonic 8 Track player. All ford products. A 68 Cougar am/fm radio also.

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    • John Deebank

      You funny guy.

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  3. AMCSTEVE

    What a great find and the original color is nice too….

    https://goo.gl/images/vCaxCS

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  4. Cattoo

    She is a keeper…..and new daily driver.

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  5. Fred W.

    Something tells me the reserve is going to be up there on this one….

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  6. geomechs

    For a ’69 Chevelle, I tend to view the ‘numbers matching’ claim with a bit of skepticism. I’ll give the original owner part, plus the 350 motor a little more credit than I would to the ‘numbers matching’ ’69 SS that goes through the ring at BJ’s. I remember an announcer saying that there are more original(?) ’69 Chevelle Super Sports registered today than were ever built. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if my 6cyl. 300 Deluxe morphed into a ‘numbers matching’ SS 396. Aside from that this car is very tempting but it would have to be a 6 cyl./3 spd. manual to get my blood pumping…

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  7. Mr. Bond

    I’d think you’d want to strip off all that primer, and the rust it covers underneath. Doesn’t look like it was sealed, and the moisture has gotten through it.

    Sure like the 4 speed though. Nice car when completed!

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  8. 68 custom

    nice car though if I was buying it new I would have added Disc Brakes to the option sheet.

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  9. stillrunners

    seem’s like there was a guy here in Dallas that had one of the same it was non SS….stopped and talked too him often…a vet from Nam…. .wonder what ever happened to it…..

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  10. Alan (Michigan)

    A bit skeptical about the “all original” part. Does not look right, because…. I viewed a bunch of photos online, and none have the dogleg trim on the leading edge of the front fenders. Those are from 1968, as far as I can tell. So, front clip swap after an accident?

    I owned a ’69 SS, a long time ago now… and my room-mate had a ’68 4-door.
    Mine was this color, but with a dark green vinyl top, and custom-applied (painted) black stripes on the hood and trunk.

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  11. terry mcminn

    Alan, The front fenders are 69. Look at the side marker light holes, 68s were larger, more rectangular, and lower on the fender. Dogleg or hockey stick trim on leading edge of fender is also 69. Would have been nice of the seller to show pics of vin tag and trim tag. Very nice car, would make a nice DD. Needs to be stripped to bare metal and epoxy primed.

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