Blank Canvas: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro

As a starting point for a project car, this 1969 Camaro doesn’t look to be a bad one. It is a solid car, and due to the fact that it doesn’t come with its original engine and transmission, the new owner could build the car to their own personal tastes and specifications. The Camaro is located in Youngtown, Ohio, and is listed for sale here on eBay. The BIN price for the Camaro has been set at $12,000, although there is the option to make an offer.

Firstly, let’s address the fact that the owner acknowledges that there is Bondo in the driver’s door. The good news is that he is including a good replacement door in the sale, so that will not be an issue. While the rest of the car is in primer, it does look to be nice and solid, with no signs of rust in the floors, rockers, or quarter panels. What I will say is that it appears that the Camaro started life finished in Garnet Red with a black vinyl top, and this would have been an attractive combination. That doesn’t mean that the next owner is compelled to refinish the car the same, because this is a car that truly is a blank canvas.

The blank canvas philosophy continues inside the Camaro, with little left of the original black trim. There are some photos that show a collection of parts and pieces, and these include the original gauge cluster. The seats are also present, but the owner says that these will need new covers. It looks like the remainder of the interior trim items will also need to go on the new owner’s shopping list.

There is an engine that is included in the sale, but it isn’t the original unit. What you get is a 327ci 2-bolt V8 which is date coded for 1963. There doesn’t appear to be a transmission included with the car, although it does appear as though the car started life with a manual. This is where the options really begin to open up for the buyer. Yes, you could drop this 327 under the hood with no real qualms, but given that this is no longer a numbers-matching car, you could build it to your own specifications and desires knowing that you haven’t compromised the integrity of a classic. Fancy a big block? Go for it, because the world is your oyster.

This looks to be a solid Camaro that offers the next owner a world of possibilities. The end result could be a car that is only limited by their imagination, and it could be built without fear of incurring the wrath of purists because a classic car has been destroyed in the process. This is a car that could be built with a clear conscience, and that is something that makes it an attractive proposition as a project car.


  1. bob

    12k large even 10k is up there. It would be easier to spend just a little more and buy a driver that needs some work. This thing needs everything and who knows what the inside of that engine looks like.

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  2. Gaspumpchas

    Anyone who knows bodywork will tell you this has bondo all over it, mud is a fact of life. Might be good bodywork but the primer is scary. Needs a magnet inspection. Good luck!!!


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  3. TimM

    In the years I’ve been doing body work I’ve seen new metal put over top of a rusted panels, I’ve seen 2×4 put in a rocker panel to hold the bondo on the back side!! I’ve seen things that don’t line up!! The worst was probably when someone brought a GTO in and the whole quarter panel was riveted on!! Not one weld joint!! It make me suspicious when I see a car all in primer!! So I’m with GPC on this one!!! Check out the bodywork before you spend the money on a shell of possible bondo!!!!

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