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's no tale better than the COPO Camaro, or Central Office Production Order. Stripped of anything that didn't make it 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 a mansion, this recently restored and full midnight look 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO tribute is just the ticket.
There is less than 100 miles on this coupe since restoration, so yes, this Camaro looks just as slick in person as it does in the pictures. And before the first drop of black went down on the body, they made sure that the body panels were super-straight with doors that close with better confidence than new. 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 bumpers 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.
The interior has the same nicely restored and down-to-business focus. The bucket seats look and feel fresh, and the same goes for the headliner, door panels, carpeting, and dash pad. This sea of black is broken up by your new favorite toy: the Hurst performance shifter. Everything is finished to an extremely high level, and your only real concession is a defrost/heater (for those cold mornings when you're first to the car show.) That's how a true COPO is supposed to be. It even correctly saves weight as a radio delete model. But that doesn't worry you if this is your kind of car, because you already know the best soundtrack will be coming from the dual exhaust.
With a restoration this fresh, the engine bay looks award-worthy, too. When you want a big muscle machine, there's no substitute for big block power. More than just filling the engine bay with the massive V8, this one really gets the details correct, right down to the hose clamps and chalk marks on the firewall. Plus, this 396 cubic-inch V8 has been given all the right period-correct go-fast goodies. The motor inhales cool fresh air with the gasket that seals the air element to the cowl induction hood. And there's the proper Holley four-barrel carburetor, GM snowflake aluminum intake, and snowflake aluminum heads. The big block fires up with a terrific rumble that announces this is a special machine. You have complete control over this monster motor and thunderous soundtrack thanks to the Muncie four-speed manual transmission. Stopping is even well in-hand thanks to power brakes with discs up front. As you look at all the photos, you'll once again be reminded how fresh this build is by the ultra-clean undercarriage that will have you placing mirrors under this at car shows.
Power and poise come in a full midnight tribute to one of the baddest Camaros around. And in a package this fresh, you know this is an irresistible COPO tribute. Call now!