1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro
$224,900VEHICLES SHOWN BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Real Deal COPO
1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro
- Real Deal COPO
- Rotisserie Restoration
- 427ci V8
- Automatic Transmission
- Daytona Yellow Over Black Interior
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“Over the years, COPO has become synonymous with Chevy's monster-displacement Camaros.” – Hemmings, March 1989
Here's part of the “Brief History of the COPO Camaro” as recorded by partscenter.net: “Initially released in 1969 as the ZL-1 COPO Camaro, the automobile was part of Chevy's special-order system, a method used by dealers during the sixties that allowed them to create high-performance vehicles that were not available elsewhere. The options found in the COPO weren't available for purchase on the dealership's paperwork. Some dealers devised a way to get the options they desired on the Camaro: they used particular order codes to receive cars with special features. Instead of placing an order for Camaros using the “Regular Production Option” sheet, used by dealerships for performance and styling upgrades, a dealership began ordering Camaros using the Central Office Purchase Order (hence the name COPO), which was generally reserved for adding alterations to municipal fleets.
“The COPO 9561 was a basic Camaro sport coupe, converted by the dealership to include a 427 cubic inch iron block with 425 horsepower. 1,015 COPO 9561s were made by GM and delivered to dealerships….”
The full article can be found online here: https://www.gmpartscenter.net/blog/brief-history-of-copo-camaro
Offered here is a true, well-documented 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO in factory Daytona yellow over black. The odometer reading of 66 miles is the distance traveled since the NOS-GM-parts-only restoration was completed. Factory options include the (code 9561) High-Performance Unit 427/425 V-8 engine backed by an M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic automatic transmission and 4.10:1 Positraction rear axle. In addition to the original performance upgrades, it is fitted with a special ducted hood and power front disc brakes. Documented with a Protect–O–Plate, this example still retains its original motor and transmission. A nationally recognized example, the Camaro has received multiple awards including Gold at the Camaro Nationals, Carlisle Pennsylvania 2008, Best of Show at Super Chevy Indianapolis 2008, and Hemmings Musclecar of the Year at Scottsdale Arizona in 2008.
The car's Daytona yellow non-metallic paint was professionally refreshed and it shows: smooth finish, an absence of flaws, and proper factory gloss across every surface. This includes the steel wheels (with small chrome hubcaps), an under-the-radar COPO feature, as well as the cowl-induction hood, a somewhat more above-the-radar feature. There's just something perfect about a COPO all in yellow. All factory badging—which is to say the same factory badging as any lesser 1969 would wear—is in place and properly mounted. In particular, the blue bowtie emblems front and rear are classic Chevrolet livery. (To best assess the quality of the paint and trim finishes, please be sure to view the close-up photographs of the car in the accompanying gallery.) Chrome bumpers and body trim are flawless; cabin glass and all lighting lenses are pristine. Period-correct GoodYear® F70-14 raised-white-letter Wide Tread tires are mounted on the aforementioned steel wheels.
Inside, black is the color theme for the base-level interior. Horizontally pleated black vinyl covers the two front bucket seats (no console) and rear bench; the upholstery and seatbacks are in perfect condition. Door trim echoes the upholstery design and includes a chrome door handle, window crank, and a single “Camaro” emblem. Black looped cabin carpeting (protected by matching carpet mats) also shows no wear, and the headliner is perfectly installed. A two-spoke black steering wheel with simple blue-bowtie emblem frames the black padded dash and square-design, 3-opening instrument cluster. Included are the fuel gauge, a 120-mph speedometer, and a 5,700-rpm-redline tachometer, the latter two gauges branded with GM's AC® logo. The shift lever for the automatic transmission is mounted on the steering column. This is a radio-delete car. (Please view the close-up photography in the gallery to appreciate the like-new condition of every interior surface.)
The trunk is as perfectly finished as the remainder of the car. Factory flecked-style paint covers the interior surfaces and the GoodYear spare tire matches those on the ground.
Under the hood is a sight to make any Chevy Performance fan's heart skip a beat: the Chevrolet 427-cubic-inch, 425-horsepower big block. Resplendent in Chevy-orange engine-block paint, with massive chrome valve covers, under the open-topped, “427”-identified air cleaner, this is the height of factory Chevrolet power in the late Sixties. The entire engine bay—including exhaust headers, intake manifold, radiator, and alternator— is spotless. All surfaces (including zinc-finish brake componentry) wear their factor-correct finishes, and all components, wiring, and hoses are properly in place. Viewed from below, the story's the same: perfectly clean with no sign of any flaws. The mix of properly turned-out surfaces on the lower engine and transmission, full dual-exhaust system, suspension components—even the correct amount of factory-like overspray of the body color—is simply outstanding. Needless to say, there is no rust anywhere.
All factory identification and information tags are properly in place. The car's original owner's manual in its original plastic carrier is included in the sale.
While the more than 190 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '69 COPO Camaro in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
Owning a true muscle car legend is a privilege very few get a chance to experience. We envy this very special COPO's next guardian.
Block Casting Code: 3963512- correct for 1969 427ci big block
Block Casting Date: A49 (January 4th, 1969). Not out of line for a 1st week June '69 (06A) car
Suffix and VIN Stamp: The block stamp pad is stamped T0521MO. May 21st 1969 Tonawanda, NY assembly date. A partial matching VIN derivative is located in the conventional location on the engine block next to the oil filter.
Transmission VIN stamp: The transmission is stamped in the expected location on the upper bell housing, next to the engine block casting code. VIN derivative stamping matches VIN of the vehicle.
Cylinder Head Casting Code and Dates: Both cylinder heads show 3919840 casting codes. This is correct for 1969 427/425hp. They are also correct for 67 and 68 396 engines as well. Passenger side head casting date shows a C259 (March 25th, 1969) casting date. Driver side head shows a C279 (March 27th, 1969) casting date. Both heads are easily date correct for the car.
Exhaust Manifold Casting Codes: Passenger side exhaust manifold shows a 3916178 casting code. Driver side exhaust manifold shows a 3909879 casting code. Both are correct for 1969 427ci Camaros, and these were used on COPO cars.
Intake Manifold Casting Code: 3933163. Winters aluminum intake. Correct for 1969 Camaro, and specifically used on the 427 COPO cars.
Carburetor: Carb stamped 3959164-GE, LIST 4346, with a 953 date code. The numbers are correct but generic for any 1969 427 425hp big block. 953 date code is the third week of May, 1969. Carb is date correct for the car.
Distributor: Part number 1111499, with a 9D28 (April 28th, 1969) date code. All correct for 1969 COPO Camaro.
Alternator: Part number 1100837, with 9D17 (April 17th, 1969) date code. Correct for this car.
Starter: No part numbers or date codes observed. It's possible a Delco number is tucked on the inside of the housing against the block, but I can't see it.
Radiator: The radiator is a correct Harrison unit. The radiator is "UZ" tagged, which is correct for 1969 396 A/C and 1969 427 COPO Camaros, specifically with automatic transmission.
Fan: Fan is stamped 3947772, and is the correct fan for a COPO 427. It also shows a May 1969 date code, and is correct.
Rear Differential: Diff casting code os 3894860NF. Diff casting date is D19 (April 1st 1969). Diff tube is stamped BE 0421G1. Tube assembled 4/21/69, BE suffix denotes a 4.10 12 bolt rear with Posi. First shift assembled.
Brake Master Cylinder: Correct cast 5468309, correct for mid- to late 1969 Camaros. The power brake booster does appear to be a reproduction, and is not displaying a correct 9204 application code, and the date code does not appear to be in the correct format.