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Dave Meshefedjian's '69 Camaro

It Took A Little Tenacity, But He Finally Got The Car He Wanted

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Here's a story we're probably all familiar with. You've got a craving for a new project car. Maybe it's a Camaro or a Mustang or a Charger. Heck, maybe it's a Gremlin. Doesn't matter. And you've got a buddy or a fellow at work who owns one. It's been sitting in his backyard or garage for years while he deludes himself into thinking he'll restore it someday. Yeah, right. Fat chance. You both know it'll sit there until it rots into the ground unless he sells it to you. So you make an offer, he says he'll think about it, and never gets back to you.

Then one day out of the blue, he needs cash. Or the wife is pestering him to ditch the yard art. So he says come and get it. You can't get over to his place with cash in hand fast enough. That's exactly how Dave Meshefedjian got this original '69 Camaro SS. It just took a couple of tries. Yep, the guy changed his mind while Dave was standing in his front yard with a wad of bills and a tow truck the first time around. Hey, we've been there. It sucks. You're all worked up and go home disappointed. But Dave got another crack at the Camaro a few months later and he had a better plan the second time around. He ran to the bank for the money, hitched a ride home with the guy, and called a tow truck before the former owner could change his mind.

Dave restored the Camaro with the same level of detail and dedication displayed in his other dream car, a '66 Mustang fastback, which appeared on our cover in August, 2001. Yes, you read that right. A '69 Camaro and fastback Mustang, two icons of the musclecar era, sit in this guy's garage, and now they've both been featured in Car Craft. Lucky bastard, huh? Or maybe he's just tenacious.

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