Fully Documented: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro

I was going to say that there is nothing that generates buyer interest quite like an original classic car that has spent its entire life in California that has been listed for sale. However, if that car is listed in a No Reserve auction, then that’s an entirely different kettle of fish. This 1969 Camaro is just such a car, and it’s located in Beverley Hills, California. You will find the Camaro listed for sale here on eBay, where the bidding has pushed up to $16,600 in this No Reserve auction.

The original owner purchased this Camaro and used it as his daily driver until he parked it in his garage in 2002. That’s where it has sat until now. It is said to be completely original, with no work ever performed on the panels and paint. Rust seems to be limited to a couple of spots in the lower fenders, while the lower quarter panels and floors look nice and solid. In one of the photos, it appears that there might be some rust developing around the toe board area on the passenger side, but it is hard to see how bad this actually is. However, if that’s all the rust that is present, then we’re off to a pretty good start.

The interior looks to be in quite nice condition and was specially ordered by the original owner with bucket seats, the floor console, and air conditioning. It remains original, with no additional items installed, and the only real faults that I can spot are the fact that the vinyl dash fascia has come unglued on the passenger side, and the headliner may have a tear in it. The rest of the interior looks like it will probably present well with a good clean.

The news on the mechanical front is also pretty promising with the Camaro. It is fitted with a 307ci V8, a TH350 transmission, and power steering. This is a full numbers-matching car, which is great news for both any prospective owners and for the ultimate value of the vehicle. You would think that having sat for 17-years, that there would be some work to do before the Camaro was able to roam the streets again, but it took surprisingly little to breathe life back into it. The car is now said to be in good health, and runs stops and drives well. The tires are pretty old and perished, so these will need to be replaced before the car can be driven any distance. The original owner was obviously pretty meticulous about his record keeping because the car does come with an enormous pile of documentation. This traces the history right back to day 1 for this Camaro. It includes the original invoice, build sheet, registration, and thousands of dollars worth of service invoices, dating right back to 1969.

While this may not be one of the high-performance Camaro derivatives such as the Z28, this Camaro is still a pretty impressive car. To be able to find an original and unmolested car with so much documentation is becoming increasingly difficult as time passes. This is just such a car, and it is one of the reasons why it has attracted so much interest since it was listed for sale. The classic car market can be unpredictable, so I don’t really know exactly how much it will finally sell for. Does anyone want to guess? More importantly, is anyone going to bid?

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Comments

  1. Ralph

    The SS badge on the back isn’t factory……I wonder what the story is with donut on the left front?

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    • Mountainwoodie

      The donut tire is just the sort of crazy non-sequitur you find in a car ad. Pretty weird given the price the car, a pretty basic version save the V8, has reached. But then nothing surprises me about cars being sold today on the internet.

      But you can’t beat a California car especially when it comes to Sixties GM products :)

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  2. grant

    Probably the best example of terrible car ad pictures ever documented. And the dash has more going on than some unglued laminate, there’s pretty clearly a cover on it.

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    • Mike

      If your e-bay name is socalclassicautos, I assume you sell cars on a regular basis and know how to take pictures, not a bunch of upside down crap off your iPhone. Sheesh….

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      • Chebby Member

        And how to have a set of tires mounted. “Afraid of tire shop damage to the original rims”….really?

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      • Tom

        Background doesn’t look very 90210 either…

  3. Hans

    Fairly original CA Black Plate unrestored example. However, someone over the years added the vinyl roof as it’s not the correct style for ’69. Further confirmed by the trim tag “59 59” implies both body and top were the same color, in this case Frost Green. And with a 307, definitely not an SS. Otherewise, neat unrestored ’69 Camaro. Not too many left!

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    • Dustin Lisner

      I get that it was originally not a vinyl top, but what do you mean its not in the right style for 69

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      • Hans

        The vinyl top goes all the way into the drip rails, similar to how ’67 and ’68 were. In ’69, the vinyl roof had a separate trim piece above the drip rails – there should be visible paint between the drip rails and the vinyl roof trim on the roof. Search “1969 Camaro with Vinyl Roof” and you’ll note the difference.

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      • Ralph

        What was called back then a “halo” style roof, where there was a line of body color visible around the vinyl top.

        That red one looks great, yours?

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      • Hans

        Ralph – I wish! Great looking base ’69 Camaro. I just pulled the image off the web. I have a ’69 RS Z/28 so I really enjoy whenever Barnfinds posts an original Camaro on the site.

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  4. Pete

    They’re only original once.

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    • Chris

      Just like the first time.

  5. LARRY

    At least its not rusted to death

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  6. Gary McDaniel

    Something is also suspect in that door jam pic, overspray on door latch and vent grille. Promising to see this bidding so high since I have a much better example in my ’68.

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  7. stillrunners

    Nice car…..but that donut spare….geezzz……..

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  8. Brad g

    Mmmm, donut – Homer Simpson

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