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Resurgence of the COPO Camaro

5/11/2015 9:43 AM

What is “COPO?” COPO stands for “Central Office Production Order” which means it’s a high performance Camaro that doesn’t come with regular production options. This Bad Boy isn’t necessarily available to the public and can only be special ordered through a dealer. The COPO Camaro can’t be licensed, titled, and registered for highway use but then, you probably wouldn’t want to drive it on a public highway. There’s no underbody sealant and very little insulation to muffle the rumble of the engine and the sound of the road beneath you. Nor is there a back seat or power accessories to accommodate sissies. This ain’t your mommy’s luxury sedan, folks.

Resurgence of the COPO Camaro

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The COPO Camaro was designed exclusively for off-road drag racing. Therefore it meets all NHRA racing specs – the whole reason behind the absence of a rear seat and interior gizmos and gadgets. It’s a lighter weight racing machine that lunges off the track and thunders to the finish line in record time. It does come equipped with two racing bucket seats, a driver-side racing harness, competition gear shifter in the floor, and Chevy performance gauges across the dash. We should also mention there are six engines available, four of which are naturally aspirated and three that are equipped with a seriously powerful supercharger. Our pick is the 350 LSX-based 5.7 liter V8 with the 2.9 liter supercharger, rated by the NHRA at 500 horsepower. For those of you performance junkies out there, check out this video taken back in 2011 while Chevy was testing out the new COPO concept. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UJkb1wePuw The COPO Camaro had its humble beginnings in 1969. Created specifically for drag racing, Chevy produced only 69 of the ZL1 COPO. It was so magnificently popular when it was reintroduced in 2011, Chevy has continued the tradition each year since, rolling only 69 COPO’s off the assembly line in Wixom, Michigan with a little help from each auto’s future owner. Gotta COPO? ClassicMuscle.com has your COPO Camaro parts and Chevy performance parts. Visit us online or give us a call.

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69 camaro emblemWe’re willing to bet that even some of the most seasoned restoration gearheads haven’t heard of all 8 of these unique 69 Camaro facts. Have something to add to the list? Let us know in the comments below or connect with us on Facebook and see what some of our other followers are saying about their classic Camaros.

  1. Two versions of the ’69 Camaro were produced by Chevy: One for sale to the public equipped with a 427 big-block V-8 engine that was rated for 425 horsepower and the COPO version, originally developed for the Chaparral racing team to use in the CAN Am series.
  2. The ’69 COPO Camaro was designed for use as a commercial “fleet” automobile, such as police cars (with heavy duty suspension) and taxis (with stain resistant interiors).
  3. The ’69 COPO Camaro could be equipped with the optional all-aluminum ZL-1, a 427 V-8 engine that was rated for 430 horsepower but because it was a racing spec engine, was known to deliver as much as 550 horsepower.
  4. There are no emblems indicating whether the engine is the ZL-1.
  5. Don Yenko of Yenko Chevrolet in Canonsburg, PA discovered how to order the ’69 COPO Camaro (#9560) with the more powerful engines. The bodies of these were customized with Yenko’s signature stripes and sYc (Yenko Super Car) badge.
  6. The ’69 COPO Camaro with the ZL-1 engine, low mileage, in mint condition has fetched as much as $400,000 at auction.
  7. Fred Gibb, a Chevy dealer from Illinois ordered 69 of the ZL-1 equipped COPO Camaros but sold only 13.
  8. It is believed that less than half of the ’69 COPO Camaros produced exist in drivable condition as of this writing.

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Top Five Best Camaros Ever

10/9/2014 11:57 AM

In chronological order, we give you the top five best Chevy Camaros of all time. 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28:

1967 chevrolet camaro z28 The Camaro began as a viable Pony Car option to the Ford Mustang in the early 60’s. By 1967, Chevy added the Z/28 package that included a 4.9L V8 engine with 290 HP, specially-tuned handling suspension, four-speed Muncie transmission and Rally Sport (now referred to as Bumblebee) racing stripes. Built to qualify in the Trans Am series race, only 60 were made because the car was virtually unheard of, now making it one of the most sought-after vintage muscle cars on the planet. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: 1969 chevrolet camaro zl1 This engineering marvel was voted the best Chevrolet of all time by an AutoWeek poll. The huge big block L88 427 engine (dubbed ZL1) was built mainly of aluminum for lighter weight handling, provided 430 to 550 HP, and exceptional performance. Again, Chevy cranked out only 69 1973 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28:

1973 chevrolet camaro z28 The 1973 Arab Oil Embargo wrought a number of changes to the world-wide political spectrum as well as an oil crisis followed by the US pulling out of the Bretton Woods Accord (which changed the dollar from the gold standard to a fiat currency) resulting in the worst stock market crash since the Great Depression. Before new government regulations could go into effect, Chevy’s last muscle car for years to come rolled off the assembly line. Equipped with a Corvette 350 V8 engine gushing 360 HP and European-inspired body styling, the 73 Camaro Z/28 would be the last truly powerful Camaro for more than 30 years. 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS:

2010 chevrolet camaro ss The age of the Retro cars dawned and with it came the Camaro SS with a hauntingly-familiar menacing look of its predecessors packed with a 6.2 litre V8 engine. Married to an automatic tranny provided 400 HP while a manual transmission provided 426 horses and 420 pound/foot of torque. Appearing for the first time were ‘Sport Mode’ and ‘Launch Control’. Camaro fans were ecstatic while a whole new fandom of Camaro lovers was born. 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28:

2014 chevrolet camaro z28 The Crème de la crème of the retro ball, this Camaro is the most track-ready of all with a 7.0 litre LS7 V8 engine and a walloping 505 horses offering 481 pounds/foot of torque. Does it get any sweeter? Weighing in at 300 pounds less than the 2013 ZL1, this Z/28 out performs and out distances it’s cousins as well its competition. Whether or not you agree with our “most popular” line up, just remember that ClassicMuscle.com provides the Camaro restoration parts you need for your restore project. Contact us or request a Camaro parts catalog online.

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Owning the ultimate Chevy performance parts garage begins with a trusted vendor who can get the parts you want, when you need them, and at a price that won’t deplete your budget. Supply is in demand and the trusted Pros at ClassicMuscle.com know their stuff when it comes to helping you find just the part or combination of components you want to create the optimum racing machine.

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67 camaro engine   What’ll it be? As far as engines go, Classic Muscle offers the COPO crate engines as well as both the LS-Series and LSX-Series crate engines and components for a smokin’ hot upgrade to most Chevy (and GM) models. Too hot to handle? You bet, especially when power and speed matter above everything else your ultimate garage has to offer.  
That engine isn’t complete without the components that go with it. Why buy an engine “over there” the transmission “way out there” and the accessories “here and there” when you can get everything you need at ClassicMuscle.com? We’re more than just engines. We can provide everything you need, from drive shafts to intake manifolds to pin striping.  

Order extra parts for the glamour or order as you need to save space. Either way, we’re here to help you become the ultimate Chevrolet performance parts garage – and the envy of all your friends.

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I remember the first time I set eyes on that cherry red Camaro back in ’69. The low rumbling of the engine is what first caught my attention. I’m pretty sure my heart skipped a beat. My tongue stuck to the roof of my mouth and my brain ceased to function until it drove out of sight. While my eyes were glued to its sleek, powerful body, it’s quite possible that I forgot to breathe. Since then, I’ve dreamed of owning a ’69 Chevy Camaro, the end-all, be-all to my one-person kingdom. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64-Y2Hvnfrg&start=12 Perhaps you had the same or a similar reaction to your favorite Chevy muscle car or classic Chevy truck and you’ve managed to turn that dream into a reality. Except now the body is completely rusted out along with the floorboards and manifold; the engine is probably locked up; the seat covers – if there are any seats – and headliner became mouse dung or padding for bird’s nests in years gone by; or the car’s condition is a combination of these calamities. In essence, your dream car is a nightmare to everyone but you. The most important part is, it’s all yours. Finally. Now that you own a Chevy muscle car, what do you plan to do with it? Here is a list of the most common uses among vintage car enthusiasts, like us, in no particular order:

  • Restore it, perhaps upgrade to a high-powered engine, and take it to car shows all over the country
  • Satisfy a deeply rooted obsession that has gone, heretofore, unfulfilled
  • Create a street rod that’ll turn heads and provoke instant envy among friends, acquaintances, and strangers alike
  • Give it resale value and use it to ornament the garage or the driveway until you’re too old to drive then sell it to supplement your retirement
  • Restore it and sell it. Get more vintage cars and  old chevy trucks to restore and sell them, too

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Whether you plan to restore your Chevy muscle car to its showroom glory or restore it and retrofit it with a sizzling-hot engine with enough power to light up a city block, you’ll need parts: Authentic Chevy restoration parts and/or GM Performance parts. Few brand-new OEM parts exist and junk yards are, for the most part, picked clean.  But there are companies that still manufacture parts that will enable you to rebuild a body and overhaul an engine to its original condition. So if it is authentic camaro restoration parts, nova parts or other classic Chevy parts you want, ClassicMuscle.com has what you need. From the smallest dash light to crate engines, decals to seat covers, wiring harnesses to windshields, and everything in between, Classic Muscle provides the parts you need to completely restore your muscle car to factory-grade authenticity.

chevy performance parts If it’s a performance upgrade that you have in mind – a small block or LSX Series engine that’ll put over 500 HP under the hood and make all other muscle cars blush – ClassicMuscle.com is the authorized Chevrolet performance parts dealer that knows what you need and gets it to your door. From big block, small block and LS Series engines to superchargers, fuel systems, GM licensed dress parts, and Oracle Lighting to give your muscle the flash to match its power, ClassicMuscle.com is the one-stop Chevy muscle shop you need. View Chevy Performance Parts >                                                          

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You can restore a 1969 Camaro to its original standard equipment or you can improve upon it to perform the way a muscle car should. GM rolled out what has come to be recognized as "the" hot rod to drive or display in 1968 and the first generation Camaro has ever since ruled the imaginations of many minds, young and old alike. 69 camaro ss Improvements begin under the hood. The standard engine for the 1969 Camaro is a small block 230 cubic inch V6 engine coupled with a 3-speed manual transmission that provides all of 140 horsepower. But we know that muscle is synonymous with power. So Chevy's optional engine and transmission combinations give you all the power you can handle, literally and monetarily. Small block engine upgrades are available in the 250 cubic inch V6 engine, which would give you all of 155 horses while the 327 cubic inch V8 engine with a 2-barrel carburetor provides 210 horsepower. Opt for the 327 V8 with an optional 4-barrel carburetor and get up to 275 horses running wild under the hood. But the power doesn't end there. The 396 cubic inch big block V8 engine is available with either a 2-barrel carburetor for a maximum of 325 HP or the 4-barrel carburetor for 375 thundering horses. Now marry the big block engine to either a wide- or short-ratio two- or three-speed manual transmission or either of two available automatic transmissions: The 2-speed Powerglide or the preferred 3-speed Turbo-Hydramatic. You won't need jet fuel to rock your world or the neighborhood. There are two trim packages for the 1969 Camaro: The RS (Rally Sport) and the SS (Super Sport). The Rally Sport trim package signified that the Camaro came with the deluxe interior and hidden headlights. The Super Sport trim package signified a high performance automobile and came with the fake vents on the rear fenders and the wide-band hood stripes, now more commonly identified as "Bumblebee" stripes popularized by the Transformer movies. When you're ready to improve your 1969 Camaro's performance and want the trim to broadcast all the power harnessed under the hood, shop for 1969 Camaro parts here or contact our specialists today.

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