400 V8 Powered: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro

This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro looks like a pretty honest old classic. It’s battered and bruised, and the seller admits that there are some rust issues. However, when you look closely, it does show a lot of promise. What will make it tempting for some people is the fact that it isn’t a numbers-matching car. That will allow a potential buyer to build the Camaro of their dreams without the guilt of molesting an original survivor. Located in Tillamook, Oregon, you can find the Camaro listed for sale here on Facebook. You can own this piece of automotive magnificence by handing the owner $15,000.

I think that it’s fair to say that this Frost Green Camaro has seen better days. That isn’t to say that there won’t be some good ones in its future, because the body looks surprisingly good. There are plenty of dents and scars for the buyer to address, and I suspect that they will probably replace at least the passenger-side rear quarter panel. The Dark Green vinyl top looks as sad as the paint, so this will have to be removed. Whether it is replaced will be a matter of personal taste. It seems like there is some rust in the lower body extremities, but it looks like most of it could be addressed with patches rather than the wholesale replacement of panels. Some of the trim and chrome will require replacement, but the glass looks pretty good. The Camaro comes with different wheels at either end of the car, so take your pick on that one!

It t looks like the engine bay originally housed a 350ci V8, but what we find now is a 400ci V8. This is backed by an automatic transmission, but it isn’t clear what it is. The one thing that we do know is that the Camaro features a 12-bolt rear end. I think that we will also find that there is power steering, along with power front disc brakes. There are some obvious components that are new or aren’t far off it. This includes a chrome alternator, the brake booster, and the carburetor. Unfortunately, we don’t get any information on how the Camaro runs or drives. This is one thing that I find irritating in some listings that we see, and I do not doubt that it could potentially discourage potential buyers. There is also no information about the interior beyond it being Green. One of the photos shows a large number of components missing. This includes dash pieces, door trims, and the passenger seat. I hope that these are present because sourcing the right parts could add considerably to this project’s cost.

This 1969 Camaro is rough and ready, and it looks like someone has performed some of their driving by braille. However, it shows a lot of promise and could be an enjoyable project to tackle. The buyer could build the Camaro of their dreams, and they would know in their heart that they wouldn’t be destroying an original and unmolested classic. However, few things in life can build bonds like tackling a family restoration project. That would be a possibility with this car, and the final result would be a classic car that everyone could enjoy. It is an idea worth considering.

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Comments

  1. Mitchell Gildea Member

    Fix the rust and dents, swap a new vinyl top, ditch those cheesy wheels for a set of steelies or Rallys, and drive it until it’s time to paint it. I’m curious to see what the interior looks like. Oh and build up the 400 a bit

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  2. Steve R

    This car has potential. It looks more like a flip and “selling for a friend”, so it’s wise to make sure the person you pay has their name on the title.

    This shade of green, as well as the other metallic shades GM offered in the mid to late-60’s have grown on me over time. They were common when this car was new, but aren’t now. I’d bet most were repainted red or some other eye catching color when they were “restored”

    Steve R

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  3. Al Hubbard

    Remove Vinyl Top, Clean it, tune it, Disc Brakes, 15″x8″ Rally’s with new tires on it, DRIVE IT.

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  4. JCA

    Possibly a decent amount of investment has already been made on this cars mechanicals. I see some shiny parts under the hood like the brake components. Hopefully there is more. Plus the 400 was a great choice. Nice opportunity for someone

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  5. Superdessucke

    Strangely, I bought a 1969 Camaro SS back in 1988 that also had a 400 transplant. It was in much better shape than this but not great, and had a lot of hidden issues. $1,800. And, seriously, I remember I stayed up many nights feeling physically nauseous that I got ripped off, though I did learn how to really work on a car from it. One of those things that’s miserable at the time but you look back on it in appreciation.

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    • lynn finlayson

      i bought a frost green, with dark green vinal top, rs/ss 69 camaro, in feb 1969, when i got back from viet-nam, for dealer, veteran price of $3,375. was a dealer ordered special. had hide away headlights, council guages, armrest 8 track, in dash am-fm, forced air rear window defroster, fold down rear seat, power steering, power 4wheel disc brakes, 390posi 10 bolt rear end, chambered dual exhaust, 350hp, 350, wide ratio 4-speed, 3 core radiator, no a/c, in dash tach, clock, ss side striping, 6 x 15 rally wheels. i bought some 7 inch 68 corvette rallys for the front and 8 inch for the back, but were too wide. then bought craigors and ansens, etc. i lived in the car for a couple years, more less. beat it to death. went to 12-5 pistons and dempsey wilson 707 cam, hookers, all the performance parts, then sold it as a roller for $800 in 72, kept the motor and trans for my 57 chevy..

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  6. ACZ

    I don’t know about their Camaros, but they have great ice cream.

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    • PRA4SNW PRA4SNW Member

      And cheese, don’t forget.

  7. 38CHEVYCOUPEGUY

    Well Earl, I got lots of red wire, and a little bit of blue, let’s get this baby runnin😎
    Love this car!!!!!

  8. Skip

    Nice car with potential but I feel it is overpriced in its current condition. Missing passenger seat,dash pad,body damage,paint work,and I am sure not original motor. It is just a Camaro, not a SS or a RS,not a big block, etc.

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    • K

      If the fenders are original, and it looks like they probably are, this was an SS as the 350 was only available in the SS package.

  9. JCA

    Sold. That was a good one

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