King Bee: 1969 Chevrolet Kingswood Wagon

Whenever I see an AMG’d Mercedes SUV or an M’d BMW SUV, I think “Why would you buy such a thing, think of the cool CARS you could have bought instead? (although they are probably leasing it)”.  I wonder if 40 or 50 years ago, petrolheads thought the same thing when a big block station wagon rumbled by…  Find this 1969 Chevrolet Kingswood Wagon for sale in Puyallup, WA for $8,000 via craigslist.

The Kingswood was the upmarket wagon for the suburbanite on the move.  The second generation, like this car, was only available with one of 3 V-8’s.  This car is said to be one of the rare 427 cars.  The ad says it is numbers matching if you are into that sort of thing.  The optional L-36 V-8 was quoted by the factory to have 390hp.  This one is putting the power to the ground with a 3 speed Turbo-Hydramatic.   Seller says it smokes a bit and they think the valve guides are shot.

Inside, things are a bit scruffy, but usable.  Since CL doesn’t offer Smell-O-Vision yet, you will have to show up in person to see how usable it is.

Seller says there is a bit of rust and more work to do.  They apparently are done with what they want to do (i.e. spending money) and have been trying to sell it on and off.  Makes you wonder since they purport to have all the documentation to back it up as a rare 427 Kingswood, what the issue is.

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Gianni is Daily Turismo’s Pacific Northwest correspondent.