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Black on Black: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro

The Chevy Camaro proved to be a capable adversary to the popular Ford Mustang. It usually trailed the pony in sales but led everyone else who joined the field. This 1969 Camaro may have been a rather standard car when it left the factory, given the X44 code on the cowl tag. Today, it has a 350 V8 with a 4-speed transmission and needs a complete restoration. But it’s in running condition the way it is. From Highland, New York, the Chevy is available here on eBay where the bidding stands at $11,900, but more is needed to trigger the reserve.

In its third year, the Camaro would see 15 months’ worth of production thanks to a delay in getting the all-new 1970 models ready to go into production. As such, 243,000 copies would see the light of day, coming as close as the car had so far in catching up to the Mustang which had 299,000 examples built. The seller advises this Camaro is an “X44” code edition, but that really doesn’t mean a lot (so why did Chevy bother with such a code?). It designates the car is not an SS or Z28 and was assembled without style trim. That doesn’t mean it was Plain Jane and the 12437-code tells us it’s a coupe that was produced with a V8 engine.

The cowl tag further reveals that this Camaro left the factor with Garnet Red paint and a red interior. Somewhere over time, its owner preferred black paint over red, so the finish now has flat black qualities, and the interior was painted black, too, perhaps to match the non-stock bucket seats in the car as it sits You can see red where some of the black has scraped off the dash pad. But the body is not rust-free, and it looks as though some filler was used in the driver’s side front fender.

Pop the hood and you’ll find a small-block Chevy motor that may or may not be original to the car. The same applies to the 4-speed tranny. But both are said to work fine, and you can drive the car around as it is. The seller purchased this Camaro as a project to restore but doesn’t have the time to dig into it now, so someone else gets the chance to bring this car back to 1969 standards – or go in another direction.


  1. Melton Mooney

    Egad. Whatever your goals might be for 69 Camaro project, this is a truly bad starting point.

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  2. JohnfromSC

    I wonder how much bidders for cars like these comprehend the magnitude of work required to restore a car in this condition. I did one in vastly better condition than this one and it was still a three year project.

  3. WAG181

    According to the VIN, it started life with a 6 cylinder as a heart.

  4. Ed Casala

    Use enough of that thar bondo on them body panels Butch?

  5. Frank Sumatra

    I would enjoy driving this Camaro as-is. But only if I paid $4500.00. I’m not bidding, just saying.

  6. ROSKO

    I’ve seen this one somewhere ;)

  7. RoughDiamond Member

    I think if you acid dipped that Camaro body, the dippers may just hand you a trim tag back. Yikes!

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