1969 COPO Camaro Emerges From Hiding With Just 8K Miles

1969 COPO Camaro with low miles 12 photos
Photo: Bogdan Popa/autoevolution/eBay seller mp123456789
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Any car emerging from hiding has a special je ne sais quoi that can hardly be described in words. The older the car, the more difficult it gets, but in the case of a COPO Camaro that shows up out of nowhere, the only way to react is with an exclamation.
The COPO Camaro is a legend, by all means. It came to be thanks to the stubbornness of a Chevrolet dealer who didn't agree with GM's questionable decision to abandon race programs and focus on engines below 400 cubic inches.

Don Yenko brought the COPO Camaro to life by ordering the SS 396 upgraded with a 427 L72 donated by Corvette. The result was incredible, and it was a matter of time until the world discovered Yenko's recipe. The dealer eventually received more orders than it could fill, so it reached out to Chevrolet to install a 427 V8 in a Camaro.

Thanks to support from other Chevy dealers, including Illinois-based Fred Gibbs, Chevrolet knew the world needed a more powerful Camaro. The solution came from the Central Office Production Orders (COPO) system, which the GM brand used to manage fleets. With this program, Chevrolet sidestepped General Motors' restrictions and started producing Camaros with 427 engines.

One of the few COPO Camaros that rolled off the assembly lines in 1969 is right here with incredible mileage and tip-top shape.

eBay seller mp123456789 says the car still flexes mostly original paint, coming with a vinyl top that was added by Hugh White Chevrolet in Columbus, Ohio – it was one of the dealers that joined the COPO Camaro push after Yenko convinced Chevrolet to mass-produce a 427-powered model.

The vehicle is currently at its third owner, but the mileage is fantastic. The odometer shows only 8,300 miles, as the Camaro has apparently spent more time sitting than on the road or the track.

However, it's worth knowing that the engine block inside this Camaro has already been replaced under warranty. It comes with a new block with a 512 casting, still flexing the original heads, the original intake, the carburetor, and everything else.

The interior is completely original, and even the carpet is the one installed by Chevrolet in 1969 when it produced the Camaro.

A COPO Camaro isn't the kind of icon you see daily, so it's no surprise that many wealthy collectors are willing to break the bank to take it home. The most expensive COPO Camaro sold for $1 million many years ago, but this low-mile surprise is unlikely to take that high. The bidding is already underway, with the top offer exceeding $100K. 14 people joined the digital fight so far, but the owner also enabled a reserve, and it's unlikely to be triggered too soon. Unfortunately, the bidding will end in three days, so fingers crossed for someone to send an offer allowing them to take the car home.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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