Internet Detectives Needed: 1969 Chevy Impala/Caprice Begs for Complete Restoration

1969 Chevy begging for a complete restoration 7 photos
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Chevrolet tried to copy the Impala's success in 1965 when it introduced the Caprice. Similar to the Impala, which debuted in 1958 as a Bel Air version, the Caprice got to see the daylight in 1965 as part of the Impala family.
Like the Impala, which gained series status a year later, the Caprice became a separate series in 1966, eating up Impala's share.

The Impala and the Caprice remained very similar, even sharing the same engine lineup. For example, the Caprice coupe and the Impala Custom produced for the 1969 model year were 99% similar, and the only ways to distinguish them were the trim and seating upholstery.

Someone on Craigslist says they have a 1969 Chevrolet to restore, but it's unclear if the vehicle is an Impala or a Caprice. They call the vehicle a "1969 four-door Impala Caprice," but the potato-quality photos don't allow us to inspect it closely.

The vehicle is fitted with a 350 V8 engine, but unsurprisingly, the owner didn't share more specifics. It's unclear if the engine starts and runs, but I doubt it does. The vehicle looks like it's been sitting in the same place, likely close to a forest, for some time, so I wouldn't expect the V8 to come with good news. A car left to rot in a yard comes not only with mechanical problems but also with rust issues.

The owner doesn't detail the metal's condition, so the first thing you must do is check out the floors. If possible, put the car on a lift and see if the Chevrolet needs new floors.

The matching-numbers powertrain is the main selling point, but due to the lack of information and the poor-quality images, it's hard to decrypt more information about the car. One of the photos, which comes as a screenshot of an image stored on a smartphone, highlights body damage on the rear fender, possibly from an accident when the car was still on the road.

The listing leaves many questions without an answer, and while Internet detectives could help us decrypt more information, interested buyers should order a third-party inspection or see the Chevy in person. Based on the provided photos, you'll have to take the car on a trailer, as it's hard to believe it's ready for the road.

The owner explains that the vehicle needs a complete restoration, and you can tell it's true by simply looking at the main photo. Otherwise, the Impala/Caprice is a mysterious project on all fronts, so fingers crossed for someone to see it and begin a complete restoration.

The car is willing to let this project go for $2,200, and despite the lack of information, it seems to be a fair expectation, considering all the potential problems and rust issues.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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