1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO
Real Deal COPO
1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO
True COPO 9561 427/425 HP L72 engine - Matching numbers drivetrain - Documented with GM of Canada paperwork - CCI Platinum Certificate scoring 997 of 1000 - 4 speed manual transmission - Special ducted hood - Power steering - Power brakes with front discs - Front and rear spoilers - Fathom Green with Green interior - Bucket seats and console with gauges - Rosewood steering wheel - Rally Wheels - Endura bumper - Goodyear Polyglas tires - Classic Chevy Judging Platinum Certificate
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At the height of the Musclecar Wars between American car manufacturers, when displacement and horsepower battles were the norm, Don Yenko's employees figured out Vince Piggins' Central Office Production Order (COPO) loophole. We should first mention that Yenko was performing engine swaps to put bigger displacement engines in Camaros in the late '60's and this discovery brought attention to the fact that it was possible to get a factory built 427ci V8 powered Camaro by using the code 9561. The COPO order effectively erased any restrictions that Chevrolet had on their current performance cars. The factory built iron block 427ci V8 cars, like the gorgeous Fathom Green example we offer for your consideration, are now a rarity and truly prized by car collectors.
Yenko ordered 201 COPO Camaros through his Dealership in Canonsburg Pennsylvania with the options that he felt the 1969 Camaros should have. Eventually as other dealerships caught on and began using the 9561 code, 1,012 (9561 code) COPO Camaros were produced by GM and delivered to dealerships, including the 201 that were ordered by Yenko. We now know that other than the 427 under the hood, the cars were left with pretty simple looks. Many of you also know that (Fred) Gibb Chevrolet ordered 69 units using the COPO code 9560, which became known as the COPO ZL1. The 9560 ZL1 cars had an aluminum block 427ci V8 rather than the iron block of the 9561 cars. Other than the engine, ignition system, and front springs, the 9560 cars and the 9561 cars were the same. The 9561 code was a $489.75 option/code which got you the iron block 427, front disc brakes, 'BE' coded rear axle, optional tires, transmission, and came in about $50 cheaper than a 396 SS Camaro!
This particular COPO Camaro was delivered to Chevrolet Yonge Holdings, LTD. of Ontario Canada for a Mr. J Trotto. The car has been fully restored to its former glory and finished in the factory correct combination of Fathom Green (code 57) over Dark Green Interior. Definitely a color combination that really made this car a “sleeper.” It is said that experienced drivers were able to squeeze low 12 to high 11 second quarter mile times out of these cars. The condition of this car is amazing, all the areas of the car are extremely clean and near perfect. We hate to use the term perfect in our listings to describe vehicles but this is a No. 1 example. The paint is glossy with nice depth and rich color, body panels are all dialed in so panel gap is uniform throughout, all trim and chrome fits well and is in beautiful condition. An Endura paint matched front bumper (code VE3) helps with the stealthy look of this powerful car, although the optional Rally wheels have a much sportier look than that of the steel wheels and dog dish hubcaps that many COPO's left the Norwood plant with. Another slight giveaway of what this car is packing is the (ZL2) ducted hood, which was specifically an item under the 9561 code.
The interior of this COPO is finished in Dark Green (code 723) with wood veneer accents. A Rosewood steering wheel is immediately noticeable when looking over the interior, as is the polished shift knob for the Muncie M22 4 speed. Otherwise, like the exterior, the interior has been left simple. Bucket seats, push button radio, factory tach, and a console mounted gauge package are just about all that there is to contend with once seated. The interior is in beautiful condition - it's obvious that great care and attention to detail was taken during the restoration process, and in caring for the car after the restoration was completed.
The exciting part of this car is under the hood. All the moving parts in the 427ci engine sure make a great noise - at idle, at cruising speed, revving...it's music to our ears! The COPO options that pertain to the engine and driveline include the L72 427ci V8, 4-speed manual transmission, positraction, Aluminum Intake, Holley 4 BBL carburetor, and a Harrison HD 4 core radiator. The driveline was gone through during the restoration process and is all numbers matching.
This is an awesome car that is the result of pushing the proverbial boundary to get a product right from GM that they didn't intend on. Automotive royalty describes this rare car from one of America's biggest car companies. The mystique of this rare car is something that interests car enthusiasts, especially fans of muscle cars. This is an investment grade car that could be a centerpoint in your collection. Be sure to check out all the photos and video on our main website: Garage Kept Motors. Call if interested or e-mail with any questions. Thank you for looking.
1 - GM Division: Chevrolet
24 - Model: Camaro 8 Cylinder
37 - Body Style: 2 Door Sport Coupe
9 - Model Year: 1969
N - Production Plant: Norwood, Ohio
661324 - Sequential Production Number
Trim Tag Decode:
ST 69-12437 - 1969 Camaro V8 Coupe
NOR - Norwood Ohio Production Plant
TR 723 - Interior Trim Dark Green
PNT 57 - Exterior Paint Fathom Green
06A - Build Date, June of 1969
D80 - Spoiler Front and Rear
X44 - Base Car