Classic Car Auction of Toronto - Spring

Lot : SP101
1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO 427

Auctioned on Saturday, April 4, 2009

Not Sold at a High Bid of $180,000

    Chevrolet’s Camaro was literally all things to all people. By checking the right order blanks, one could purchase anything from a “grocery getter” to a tire-shredding SS 396. While GM policy limited engine size for the A-Body and F-Body lines to 400 cubic inches, a few performance-oriented Chevrolet dealers, including Don Yenko and Fred Gibbs, knew that it was possible to build almost anything. With the Central Office Production Order (COPO) process usually reserved for fleets, a request could be made for a unique and specially built car. Since the 396 “big-block” was already available, the 425hp, 427 cu. in. L72 engine would be a drop-in fit for the Camaro. The resulting COPO Camaros quickly reclaimed Chevrolet’s honour in Super Stock drag racing and on the street. Despite limited traction, they were capable of quarter-mile times in the low 13-second range. With simple tuning and slicks, times dipped into the 11-second range.

    This completely restored example is one of only 79 COPO Camaros that were delivered to Canada for the 1969 model year. Unlike many, this example retains its factory-original engine and comes complete with paperwork from new, including the GM Protect-O-Plate. In addition, the Camaro features a Muncie four-speed manual transmission with a Hurst shifter, power steering, a teakwood steering wheel, an AM radio, and a stereo eight-track player. The 1969 COPO Camaro occupies a place at the very pinnacle of the muscle car market, and this well-sorted and correctly restored example is a great representative of this elite breed.

    Please note, this COPO Camaro shows only 34,000 documented miles from new.