1969 ZL1 Camaro COPO 9560 #65 with COPO 9737
This Camaro is 1 of only 69 special ZL-1 Camaros that were ever produced and it is believed that less than 50 remain in existence today. The ZL1 was not a regular production option (RPO) that would have been available to the general public, but rather was a Central Office Production Order (COPO) that was only available to a select few dealerships and special customers. The ZL1 is an all- aluminum 427 engine originally intended as a road racing option for the Corvette. However, as drag racing heated up in late 1968, and rumors of a new Ford “Hemi” or “Semi-Hemi” engine that was being finished for production in a new Mustang for 1969, Chevrolet Product Promotion felt that installing the ZL1 427 engine into a Camaro with minimal options would be the best way to fight for bragging rights at the drag strip. This ZL1 Camaro was ordered and sold new at Lavery Chevrolet, Inc. of Alliance, Ohio. It is one of only three ZL1s equipped with the COPO 9737 Sports Car Conversion package. The 9737 COPO Sports Car Conversion package was intended to be a handling and gauge package to improve the drivability on the street, and was more commonly seen in the Yenko Camaro COPO 9561 iron block 427s. Perhaps this handling package improved the stability at the strip! Factory features include radio delete, M21 4-speed, black standard interior, X44 Trim Code, and Fathom Green paint. The ZL1 option alone added $4160.15 to the window sticker price which totaled at $7356.15 in 1969! This ZL-1 was a race car from day one and it is a former national record holder with extensive racing documentation. This ZL1 has full ownership history since day one and has an extensive collection of documentation including the original window sticker, as found photographs, other documents and a long list of race wins. This ZL1 Camaro has been certified as an original-body car with the original tags and it retains mostly original sheet metal. It has been restored to its period correct racing livery. It’s been a magazine-feature car several times and it’s been displayed at the Super Car Reunion and multiple Chevy/Vette Fest events. This ZL1 Camaro has achieved over 200 wins and approximately 100 runner-up wins during its competitive days at the drag strip. It was a two time national event winner at both the US Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana and at the Spring Nationals in Columbus, Ohio. It was also a single national event winner at both the Summer Nationals in Englishtown, New Jersey and at the Sports Nationals in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Some of the other tracks where this ZL1 Camaro raced were Suffold Raceway in Suffold, Virginia, Magnolia Raceway in Magnolia, Ohio, Edgewater Park Raceway in Cincinnati, Ohio, Sharon Raceway in Sharon, Pennsylvania, Keystone Raceway in Keystone, Pennsylvania, Quaker City Raceway in Salem, Ohio, and Pittsburg International Raceway in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. This ZL1 Camaro is a prime example of what the Chevrolet Product Promotion department intended to accomplish with its COPO program.