Almost Finished: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro

This red ’69 Camaro with a matching interior (rare?) is a project that’s almost finished, not something scattered around in 1,000 pieces. With a new engine and rebuilt transmission, along with a restored appearance, it doesn’t look as it will take all that much to get this one back out on the road. Located in Paris, Michigan, the seller is moving, and so his baby must go. It’s available here on eBay where the bidding is in a holding pattern at $22,501. It was listed with a reserve, which was a good idea because this has the potential of being a stunner when done.

The first-generation of the Chevy Camaro ran from 1967-69 and saw more than 842,000 cars produced. So, it was a success and would help put a dent in the sales of the popular Ford Mustang that coined the term “pony car” and its revolution in the industry. The seller’s Camaro was not a Super Sport model when it was built, nor has the seller tried to turn this one into a tribute or clone, either. From the long list of work that has been already done and the parts installed or secured, this car looks to be close to the finish line.

All the bodywork is said to have been done and the car sports a new coat of Garnet Red which was its original color. The Rally wheels have been painted black for a nice contrast. It will need a new front cowling and grill to be complete (bumper, too, we suppose), and that may take care of the exterior. The red interior is also all new and we’re told the only thing still needed is to install the headliner which will come with the car.

The VIN says this Chevy began life with a V8, so we assume the 350 V8 crate motor that’s there now replicates how the car was new. The TH-350 automatic has been rebuilt. The list of new components is extensive, so here’s just a taste of what was done:

  • Front suspension and bushings, shocks, and brakes including power assist (disc up front)
  • Rear leaf springs and bushings, exhaust system, and tires
  • Gas tank and fuel lines and aluminum radiator (latter not installed)
  • Electrical wiring but what’s under the hood needs completion

Beyond all this, vintage air conditioning was secured but the parts under the hood will need to be installed. Since there are key items still needing attention, no attempt has been made to start the engine – just not quite there yet! The seller’s house has sold, which no doubt includes the garage where the unfinished car lives, and his family and the car must go soon.  And we’re guessing the seller’s new pad doesn’t contain the resources needed to finish this beautiful car. He must have a sizeable investment here, so when the seller says “my loss, your gain” he may not be exaggerating.


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  1. PaulG

    A 69 w/ auto on the column…you really have to tip your hat to the owner for restoring the car this way.
    Might be a good buy for someone. Lots of the hard (and expensive)work is done.

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  2. George

    Been there myself. Had to sell my old 68 Camaro because I sold my house faster than expected and needed more cash for the DOWN payment on the next one. It sucked but it did get me a much nicer house.

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  3. JoeNYWF64

    Are those horns/headrests correct & stock, or are they from some other car or even aftmkt?
    Surprised the seat belts aren’t red too.

  4. Mikefromthehammer

    It looks like it was sold just 3 months ago to the current owner in Port Saint Lucie, FL. It was Blue and had a 327 V8 at that time. (None of the previous sales show it in red. Is there any way of determining the original factory colour?) It seems to be one that has had a lot of sales activity recently. I wonder if there are issues with the vehicle that were not discovered until after the sale, which is why the multiple recent sales happened? I can’t think of another more logical reason. What do you think?

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    • Steve R

      Without seeing the actual VIN on the car, I’d assume it’s been made up on one or both of these cars. This is often the sort of number created by someone looking to fill in the blank. The first set of numbers before the VIN mean something, Chevrolet, number of cylinders, coupe, model year, N for Norwood. Those after the N, 123456, looks to be for convenience, nothing more.

      Steve R

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      • Mikefromthehammer

        Thanks for the input. I’m embarrassed I didn’t notice the “convenient” numbers at the end (kinda like not seeing the forest for the trees). What you say makes perfect sense.

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    • DayDreamBeliever Member

      According to the listing, the car should be in the Thumb of Michigan’s Mitten, not too far from Bad Axe.

      Anyone serious about bidding should ask for a photo of the data plate and the VIN tag to be more sure about what they would be getting as the winner.

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