We all love the stories of how very special cars got snuck out the
"back door" at the large auto manufacturers back in the day, and
there is no tale better than the COPO Camaro, or Central Office
Production Order. Stripped of anything that didn't make is go
quicker, and stuffed with the baddest big block V8 around, what
resulted is arguably the fastest, nastiest, and most treasured
muscle car of them all. But if it scares you to drive a Camaro
that's worth more than your house or you want even MORE horsepower,
this 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO tribute is just the ticket.
Code-65 Olympic Gold is this car's original color, and it has been restored to the standards really make this car look like precious metal. Heck, the shine is so good, it replaces the chrome of the front bumper. The modern clearcoat combined with great sheetmetal gives this coupe that kind of attention-getting luster it deserves going down the road or parked at a cruise-in. No SS badges, no RS headlights, just a base Camaro coupe right down to the painted steel wheels with dog dish hubcaps. These were cars that let its special motor do all its talking, and that's kind of substance is something we all love to see. Even the cowl induction hood is doing its part to feed the beast within. The front chin spoiler, D80 rear spoiler, and mirror-like rear bumper are pieces that you don't necessarily need for speed, but on a well-sorted coupe like this, they sure do make going fast look good.
Just like the exterior, the interior retains its original color. The coupe was already is such good shape that most of these panels are believed to be original, but anything that wasn't up to the standard of a deep, dark muscle car interior was replaced. While most COPO cars even made a sacrifice in the interior, this tribute has a few nice features left inside. Not only do you see it in the optional deluxe bucket interior group, but also it's in features like the center console, warm wood paneling, and upgraded AM/FM/cassette stereo. But once you get behind the wheel, this special Camaro reminds you it wants to get down to business. Crisp AutoMeter gauges are in place everywhere from the quad pack in front of the Long shifter, to the large speedo and tach right in front of you. There's ever a shift light on the dash. All of this tells you there's something extra special under the hood.
It was hard to beat the 427 cubic-inch that came in the COPO Camaro back in '69, but today we have the ability to squeeze even more power out of the big block V8. That's why when you look beyond the flash of this nicely presented engine bay, you will see the substance of a Merlin 520ci full roller motor filling the engine bay. It's been built with go-fast goodies such as rectangle port aluminum Pro Topline heads, Milodon oil pan, March serpentine pulley system, MSD ignition, Edelbrock aluminum intake, and Quick Fuel 850 CFM four-barrel carburetor. The full package is estimated at 650 horsepower. All it takes is the roar from long tube performance headers feeding the Pypes X-pipe dual exhaust, and the crowds will know you're making more power than an original COPO. Plus, with the Be Cool aluminum radiator and electric fan, this monster V8 knows how to stay calm even in a crowd. Making sure all that power gets to the ground is the control of a Richmond 4+1 manual that feeds a Ford 9-inch rear running a 3.70 ratio for good takeoffs. On the road features like power steering, four wheel disc brakes, Hotchkis front sway bar, and aluminum body bushings on the rear leaf springs means a superior-feeling Camaro. Add in the grip of Mickey Thompson Sportsman SR tires, and this is an unbeatable package.
With only 1,618 miles on the whole build, and a very drivable execution, this is the quality COPO tribute that lets you pay less but get more performance. A proposition like that is so irresistible that we know this coupe will be leaving us soon. Call today!!