1969 Chevrolet Camaro $40,995
You probably see all the early Camaros selling at auctions and figure that pedigrees and decoding numbers is all that matters. In truth, most of the hobby is made up of cars like this bright Hugger Orange 1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS 350, which is all about speed and style, and doesn't particularly care about pedigrees.
Spoilers, hockey-stick stripes, Torque Thrusts, and a V8 power, this Camaro is the definition of American muscle in the '60s. You've guessed by now that this is not a real SS but the price reflects the fact that it's well-built, fun to drive, and has a ton of eyeball appeal. It's been recently painted, and while its not something that requires a bubble-wrap sort of mentality, we can't argue with the overall look. With painted-on stripes that stretch all the way to the doors, a fantastic shine, and a ducktail spoiler out back, there's nothing to detract from the classic F-body look. Reasonable gaps throughout mean that this one hasn't been abused or haphazardly restored and the crisp lines coming off the fender openings suggest they took their time with the bodywork when it was painted. The badges were painted white to really pop against the stripes and it offers a neat bit of contrast, while the bright chrome bumpers are in great shape. And those velocity stacks in the hood are just plain cool.
The interior is pretty stock, which is good news because the 1969 Camaro doesn't need any help in the styling department. Reproduction black seat covers, correct black carpets, and factory-style door panels make it look like 1969 all over again, and for the most part, there's only a modest amount of wear. A center console carries a correct horseshoe shifter for the TH350 3-speed automatic transmission underneath and the woodgraining on top warms up the all-black interior. The rest is basic Camaro, from the three-spoke steering wheel to the gauges that cover speed and fuel level, and you'll probably feel right at home a few minutes after sliding behind the wheel. There's no radio, but that means you can install whatever you want without worrying about the last guy's hacked-up wiring. Sometimes that's a bonus. The trunk is also nicely finished with correct spatter paint and you can easily see that there are no issues in there.
The engine is a strong 350 cubic inch V8 with a few upgrades to make it fun to drive. An open-element air cleaner feeds an Edelbrock 4-barrel carburetor atop a factory intake manifold painted silver to help it stand out. With chrome valve covers and Chevy Orange paint, the small block V8 looks great in the engine bay, and there's a new aluminum radiator up front along with a correct fan shroud that improves efficiency. Power steering and brakes mean that this Camaro is a joy to drive and the TH350 3-speed automatic always seems to be on its toes for maximum performance. Long-tube headers feed a snarling dual exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers and the floors are remarkably tidy for a 50-year-old car. The suspension is pretty stock and has a great stance thanks to 18-inch Torque Thrust wheels and staggered 225/40/18 front and 255/45/18 rear performance radials.
This is a car with a ton of eyeball appeal and '69 Camaros aren't getting any cheaper. This brilliant Orange Camaro offers a huge amount of fun and performance for a price that's far less than the cost of construction. Call today!