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Some Parts Included: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro

Bravery is a character trait generally not lacking in classic car enthusiasts. We’ve all seen cases where an owner showed the grit and determination to drag a desirable vehicle back from the brink, and that’s the opportunity awaiting the new owner of this 1969 Camaro. It needs plenty of TLC, but the seller includes some parts required to return it to its former glory. The path won’t be easy, but the reward at the end should be worth the effort. The Camaro is listed here on eBay in Des Moines, Iowa. Solid bidding has pushed the price beyond the reserve to $10,600.

The seller is pretty candid about this Camaro, admitting it has rust issues requiring attention. It has impacted the known trouble spots, including the floors, rockers, and rear quarter panels. The seller includes a collection of replacement steel which should help the seller on their quest to return the Camaro to a rust-free state. Reassuringly, I can’t spot any problems with the cowl, which is a consideration when tackling the restoration of a Camaro of this vintage. The paint isn’t original, with the Tag indicating it rolled off the line wearing attractive Frost Green Metallic. The vinyl top is as tired as the rest of the exterior, and replacing it shouldn’t be a drama if the buyer seeks a “factory” appearance. Some trim pieces should be okay with a dose of polish, but the damaged grille requires replacement. The glass looks okay for its age. The wheels are a mixed bag, and the buyer will undoubtedly choose to source replacements.

This Camaro’s interior needs nearly as much work as its exterior, but it still springs a surprise or two. The original owner ordered the car with Deluxe interior trim, and it retains its faux woodgrain and the factory console. It looks like the factory radio is intact, suggesting there are no aftermarket additions. The dash and pad look like they’ve survived well, but the upholstered surfaces and carpet have deteriorated beyond repair. The most obvious plan of attack would be for the buyer to spend $2,000 on a trim kit, but that depends on their vision for this classic. If they focus on a custom build, “factory” upholstery may not cut the mustard. It is a matter of personal taste, but at least they will commence the process with an interior not lacking any vital parts.

Chevrolet offered a wide array of engines for the 1969 model year, but it appears this classic featured a 327ci V8. The original owner added an automatic transmission, power steering, and power brakes. It seems the vehicle is no longer numbers-matching because I believe the engine bay now houses a 350. It is unclear whether the builder retained the original auto or performed an upgrade. The seller indicates the car doesn’t run, and it is unclear when it last did. The significant surface corrosion suggests we can measure the time frame in decades, and we don’t know whether the small-block even turns. If it does, revival may be possible without spending a fortune. However, the new owner would be wise to factor a rebuild into their budget unless they plan on pulling the 350 to fit something more potent or modern.

This 1969 Camaro would have been a stunning car in its glory days. While it will take time and dedication to recapture its lost youth, it is not beyond salvation. I’ve seen cars in worse shape given a new life, and I believe someone will revive this classic pony car. I would love to think one of our faithful readers might become its new owner and will be happy to keep us updated on their progress. I suspect the transformation could be jaw-dropping, and I relish the day it returns to its rightful place on our roads.

Comments

  1. Dan Cifalia

    Only in Iowa would you see a 69 Camaro with “Snow Tires” on Factory Rallye Wheels !!! :}

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    • Rw

      No Dan we ran them on everything in Ky including my 57 2 door post Bel-Air in the 80s

      Like 8
  2. CordobaRick!976!

    When is the last time anyone saw snow tires on a 1st gen Camaro? Lots to work with here compared to some mopars seen on barnfinds.

  3. Melton Mooney

    A good collection of parts, like that nice original endura bumper, but the shell probably isn’t going to give you a lot to work with.

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  4. karl

    “unclear whether the builder retained the original auto or performed an upgrade” Cant you just say “dont know if the transmission is original ? even it it wasn’t , it could have been replaced with the same kind of transmission, which wouldn’t be an upgrade

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    • piston poney

      no it could of been changed from a (example) turbo 350 to a turbo 400, depending on your preference it could be “better”.

      Like 1

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