The Chevrolet COPO Camaro continues to be one of the rarest cars in the industry, with just 69 built and sold each year by Chevrolet Performance.
The modern Chevrolet COPO Camaro is the second coming of the COPO name, as a throwback to the original Central Office Production Order system of the late ’60s, that allowed dealers to build high-performance models that weren’t technically available to Joe Public. Fast forward to 2012 and GM stamped the familiar name on its specially engineered drag racing machines.
In 2013, GM also built a further 20 Complete Rolling Chassis Chevrolet COPO Camaros to go along with the 69 complete builds that came out of the company’s Oxford, Michigan build center. The CRC models were available, as the name indicates, sans powertrain. As part of the CRC program, GM worked with Richard Rawlins and his famous Gas Monkey Garage down in Dallas, Texas, to help retail the body-in-white Camaros to privateer drag racers.
All CRC cars were designed to NHRA racing specifications, which included a full Chromoly roll cage certified to 8.50 seconds, front-to-rear subframe connectors, Strange adjustable coilover front struts, manual lightweight rack & pinion steering assembly, Eliminator suspension, Strange 9″ 4-bar rear-end assembly with adjustable top-link Panhard bar, and double adjustable coilover shocks. A set of Strange lightweight vented rotors and billet 4-piston lightweight calipers provide stopping power to the Bogart Racing lightweight wheels wrapped in Hoosier tires with radial slicks in the rear.
Now, one of those 20 2013 CRC Chevrolet COPO Camaros will come up for auction during Barrett-Jackson’s annual January auction in Scottsdale. The car in question is powered by an LSX 454ci engine that produces 620hp and is backed by a Coan Turbo 400 3-speed automatic transmission with a Reid Bell case, reverse pattern, manual valve body, extra-light 6.7″ overdrive aluminum drums, heavy-duty 34-element sprag, and a 4500 stall converter. Additional equipment includes a deep-sump cast-aluminum oil pan, Holley fuel injection, EFI throttle body and engine management system and Hi-Ram intake manifold, LS7 ignition coils, RJS safety equipment, 3″ seat belt, 5-point harness, and window net. Obviously, none of this is street legal.
One final point of distinction, CRC-013 is actually the only CRC COPO car to feature an LSX 454, it’s also the only one with factory installed Gas Monkey Garage decals.