Worth Restoring? 1969 Chevrolet Camaro X44

This 1969 Chevrolet Camaro is a little sad looking, but apparently there are some people interested in owning it. It has seen nearly 60 bids here on eBay with the current bid just over $3,000. Maybe the body tag is driving the bidding? You can see the famous “X” which indicates this car came out of the Norwood (Cincinnati) Ohio plant. The car sure needs some help, but with enough time and money, anything is restorable. Have a look at this one and see if you think it is worth saving.

The car was born as a V8 car with an automatic transmission. The original engine is gone and in its place is a 350 cubic inch V8 with a Saginaw 4-speed transmission out of a 1973 or ’74 GM vehicle. Unfortunately, the engine is seized from sitting and will probably need to be replaced. This gives the new owner a blank slate to drop whatever they want into it. There are a ton of options for these cars from small blocks, big blocks, to any crate engine you can think of, the possibilities are endless.

The biggest issue with this car is probably rust. If you look closely, you can see the floor pans are completely gone. There is a close-up photo of the driver’s side in the ad and you can see there is nothing left of the floor. I fear it will take a very ambitious owner to want to tackle this project.

Here you can see at least half of the spoiler is gone and part of the trunk as well. The top and side body panels don’t look too bad and maybe there’s enough here to salvage. What do you think? Is this car too far gone?

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Comments

  1. Gaspumpchas

    another ruffian. Surely you jest, half the spoiler is missing and the other half of the trunk lid is rotten, That said, I’ve see guys use the firewall and not much else to restore. Know what you are buying. Broken ball joint, you may want to replace both upper ball joints. Sorry to see in this condition.
    Cheers
    GPC

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  2. Hans

    No, there is nothing left to restore. The body is completely shot. Late model ’69 (Sept ’69 build). Nothing special. Standard interior (black). Dover White (50 – 50). The engine is not original as you could not get a 4 BBL X44 Camaro that late in the year. Only thing this is worth is for the VIN and Body Tag so that you can register it easily. Re-body it with a reproduction full body and build a pro-touring ride or something similar.

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  3. Maverick

    T0ast .parked in a swamp.

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  4. DayDreamBeliever Member

    Not quite “Bronco Bad”, but pretty close.

    $3K? Who is buying these things?

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  5. Ed

    Any time you think a car listed here is too far gone to restore, take a look at what people do with “barndoor” VW buses.

    https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=463139

    https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=678846

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  6. Michael Leyshon Member

    Daggumit, too much gloom and doom these days. We all feel it so lets have some fun here !

    Set all these once great muscle cars that are deemed too far gone/rusted POS’s on flat beds as parade floats….

    Fill the inside with Ice and beer’s. Promote as a BF event for AMC, Ford,GM and Mopar fans to decorate the float and celebrate the greatest era in automotive history … (just a dream, may be sane still)

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  7. Superdessucke

    No, it’s not worth restoring. Someone will take the dataplate and VIN and put them on a Dynacorn body.

    BTW, X44 just means it’s a base car. Nothing special about it.

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  8. the one

    Some bondo and a can of “rustoleum” and flip it!

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  9. John Oliveri

    Send it over to the boys at Roadkill, maybe they’ll blow it up, or drop it off the side of a building, w a Roadkill sticker it become more valuable

  10. Stephen Coe

    It’s gonna be worth $50,000 if ya spend $70,000🤑🤑🤑🤑🤑🤑🤑

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