Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Toronto, Canada
Re: my trek to buy a 1st gen camaro
I bought my first, and probably last, '69 camaro a few weeks ago. I had been looking for a couple years on and off, but my search became more serious in the last six months.
What worked for me was posting a want ad on kijiji, "looking to buy 1969 Camaro". My budget was $30-35k Canadian, thats about 30k US on the high end. You will get lots of guys trying to sell you their cars for more then they are worth, but what you are looking for is the guys who want to sell but haven't posted it for sale yet. You want to be the first guy to look at the car before the sale becomes public knowledge.
If a car is posted online or in autotrader and it's worth buying, it will sell within 24-48 hours and most likely be gone before you even get a chance to see it.
I also learned that you will probably have to over pay for a car by maybe 10% because if you don't, someone else will. I have kids, wife and mortgage so my budget was pretty tight, you will be competing for cars with people who have deeper pockets then you might. They can afford to over pay a bit for a car, so if you want one, you will have to be willing to over pay too.
You are right to look for ones that are 'turn key', but it is hard to find one done that has the color or features you are looking for. The one I bought needed a driveline, but it had a complete interior, had just been painted and is 100% rust free. Mine had some undisclosed wiring issues that tacked on some costs, so you might want to be prepared to spend an extra 10-15% for the unknown problems.
My car should arrive next weekend and I'll be in it about 40k Canadian, about 35k US. It's more then I wanted to spend, and I might have more in it then it's worth but I look forward to turning that key for the first time this spring.
Good luck in your search