When ordering a Camaro in the late ‘60s, options ranged from a "grocery-getter" to a tire-shredding SS 396.
Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a 10-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold April 6-8 during Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction.
When ordering a Camaro in the late ‘60s, options ranged from a “grocery-getter” to a tire-shredding SS 396. GM policy limited engine size for the A-body and F-body lines to 400cid, but a few performance-oriented Chevrolet dealers, including Don Yenko and Fred Gibbs, knew it was possible to build almost anything.
With the Central Office Production Order process usually reserved for fleets, a request could be made for a unique and specially built car. Since the 396ci big block was already available, the 427/425hp L72 engine would be a drop-in fit for the Camaro.
The resulting COPO Camaros quickly reclaimed Chevrolet’s honor in Super Stock drag racing and on the street. Despite limited traction, they were capable of quarter-mile times in the low 13-second range. With simple tuning and slicks, times dipped into the 11-second range.
Offered without a reserve during Barrett-Jacksons Palm Beach auction, this example is an authentic 1969 COPO Camaro in classic Hugger Orange and Ivory interior.
Fully restored, it comes complete with original Protect-O-Plate package, installment sales contract, Roger Budd Chevrolet envelope package and 1969 pre-delivery inspection sheet. It’s equipped with a V8 engine, Muncie 4-speed manual transmission, 12-bolt Camaro axle and correct brake booster.
Additionally, this COPO is equipped with a matching-numbers engine and correct date-coded drivetrain.
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