COPO, or Central Office Production Order, was a basically a sneaky way to fit some very cool things into a few select cars. This 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro is no different. Vince Piggins, in charge of Production Promotions as the time, was swayed be a Mr. Don Yenko to pull some strings and drop some extras into Camaros for the 1969 model year.
The options found in this 1969 COPO Camaro could not be found on standard paperwork at the dealership. See, the 1969 COPO Camaro was like a speakeasy. You had to know the right people, say the right things and, most importantly, jot the correct order codes down to make sure your Camaro was outfitted accordingly.
COPO code 9561 plopped an iron-block L72 427 cubic-inch 425 hp V8 under the hood, paired with a four-speed manual transmission. Piggins knew he couldn’t make this order code exclusive to just a few dealers. So he didn’t. Hence, knowing the right person to get the right production code on the order sheet. Anyone could have a COPO Camaro. Sort of.
This 1969 COPO Camaro is very special. It’s not a Yenko Camaro, it’s actually a double-stamped COPO. The aforementioned 9561 code got you the L72 V8, but COPO code 9737 added a few extras.
Inside, the speedometer displayed a top speed of 140 mph, while the exterior gained a Z21 Bright Trim Exterior option as well as the extra-cost 15×7-inch YH Rally Wheels with Goodyear Wide Track GT white-letter tires.
This COPO also retains the rarely kept smog equipment, normally removed by owners to let the L72 breath. This 1969 COPO Camaro has had a total rotisserie-style restoration completed, and retains all correct documentation to certify it is truly a double COPO.
Mecum Indianapolis will see this beaut’ off in a few short weeks, with estimated prices ranging from $150,000 to $175,000. You’d best get yourself to Indy stat.