Hidden Headlights: 1969 Chevrolet Kingswood Estate Factory 396 – Sold?

by | Jul 2021 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Wagon Wednesday

September 15, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

In the late 1960s, car stylists were integrating hidden headlights in many car designs.  Hard to believe today, but in 1969 Chevrolet offered hidden headlights as an optional extra not only on Camaro but on the full-size Caprice and Impala lines as well. One documented example is this well-optioned 1969 Chevrolet Kingswood Estate station wagon originally listed in July 2021 on Craigslist in Mt. Holly, New Jersey for $10,795 currently. Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms the private seller has their Kingswood priced between this guide’s #4 “Fair” estimate of $7,100 and its #3 “Good” appraisal of $11,000.  A bit more optimistically, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the asking price falls between this guide’s #3 “Good” estimate of $9,000 and its #2 “Very Good” appraisal of $13,000

Nomad, Yeoman, Townsman, and Kingswood.  Those are just a few of the brand names Chevrolet retired then subsequently dusted off years later to brand a new model. The Kingswood name returned for the 1969 model year, based on the Impala, and was available only with a V8. Chevrolet slotted it above the Chevrolet Townsman as its top-of-the-line station wagon. Produced between 1969 and 1972, the Kingswood was available in both two- and three-seat models.

With a documented factory 396 big block and air-conditioning combined a number of other desirable comfort and convenience options, this Kingswood deserves a quality restoration.  Based on the pictures and detailed description provided, it appears all of the parts are there to make it a reality, including a New Old Stock (“NOS”) Chevrolet trailer hitch to complete the look.

Here’s the seller’s description:

1969 Kingswood Estate

Daily driver runs and drives great 102k miles

Top of the line for 1969

Engine trans rear numbers matching 396 th400 12bolt

it has the original dealer invoice and protect-o-plate

All the trim is there, 40ft of the correct wood-grain, good front bumper, new 4 piston calipers, new front coil springs, front suspension rebuild kit, and new master cylinder.

There is typical rust in all the usual places- fenders doors floors

Comes with the bucket and bench seats with center console/ shifter

Highly optioned car check out the picture’s of the original dealer invoice

Have a NOS gm factory trailer hitch in the box its included and other parts

Leave as is and drive or an easy restoration rare car it’s worth the effort

The car is registered and insured and titled in my name

If you need more pictures or arrange a test drive I’m available

Rare find the only one on the market for sale

Restore or restomod: what would you do with this Kingswood Estate?  Comment below and let us know!

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