1969 COPO Camaro
1969 COPO Camaro
This 1969 COPO Camaro is one of only a few hundred ever built. It is powered by a factory installed L72 427 425 horsepower engine that is bolted up to a 4-speed transmission. The cowl induction hood was factory installed and this particular COPO Camaro features addtional options that some enthusiasts originally thought were unavailable on any COPO Camaro. It is equipped with center console, special instrumentation, power steering, power brakes, front and rear spoilers, rally wheels with white lettered Goodyear Polyglas tires, and a color matched endura front bumper. This 1969 COPO Camaro is currently equipped with a chambered exhaust system.
Mecum Auctions listed this 1969 COPO Camaro and this is what they had to say about it: In 1969, every American auto maker offered 400-plus cubic-inch powered intermediate-based muscle cars capable of astonishing performance; every one, that is, with the exception of the biggest of them all, General Motors. Chevrolet, Pontiac, Buick, Oldsmobile—all stood on the sidelines as Fords and Mopars patrolled the boulevards and drag strips, their engine rooms bristling with big-inch powerplants denied their GM counterparts by the General’s corporate fun-police bent on maintaining their policies limiting power-to-weight ratios in all but the Corvette. Fortunately, forces were working inside the machine to bypass those limitations, most importantly one Vince Piggins, Chevrolet’s director of performance development and the best friend a performance-oriented Chevy dealer ever had. Years before, when racers were struggling to win with Chevrolet products without corporate assistance, Piggins had spearheaded the practice of designating racing parts developed away from management’s prying eyes “for off road use,” ensuring their path through the corporate maze to the race track unencumbered.
In 1969, he successfully subverted the COPO (Central Office Production Order) process to put 427 CI-equipped Camaros into the dealer pipeline, and the COPO Camaro was born. Sold new at BA Chevrolet in Toronto, Ontario, this 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro was restored several years ago by a London, Ontario, COPO expert and presents in sharp Fathom Green with rare Endura-colored front bumper and matching green interior. The restored show piece went on to earn a Platinum Certificate in 2004 at the Classic Chevy International meet in Orlando, Florida scoring 997 points out of 1000 possible.
The COPO 9561 package comprises the L72 427/425 HP big-block V-8, heavy-duty 4-core radiator, cowl-induction hood and F41 Special Suspension, accompanied here with a Muncie M22 4-speed manual transmission, power steering and front disc brakes, front and rear spoilers and Goodyear Polyglas tires on Rally wheels. Also optioned with a center console with U17 Special Instruments, a Rosewood steering wheel, AM radio and in-dash tachometer, this 1969 COPO Camaro’s factory origins are supported by GM of Canada documentation.
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