For Chevy Camaro fans and faithful, there are few things so exciting as a true COPO Camaro. For the uninitiated, COPO stands for Central Office Production Order, or a way of ordering a car that would come equipped with non-standard options. COPO orders were generally used for special-use vehicles like police cruisers, cabs, or other fleet vehicles. But there were some COPO cars that were spectacular performers, as they could be configured with non-traditional engines and high-performance goodies. At a time when GM F-body cars (Camaros and Firebirds) could not be had with engines displacing more than 400 cubic inches, a COPO order could get you the 427 cubic-inch, 425-horsepower performance monster of your dreams.
Our feature 1969 Chevy Camaro, once known as The Blue Mule, was campaigned in period by NHRA Pro Stock driver Tom Martino. This final-year COPO Camaro was originally sold by Malcolm Konner Chevrolet in Paramus, New Jersey, it is equipped with the 427 cubic-inch, 425-horsepower L72 V8 topped by a Holley 4150 Series 780cfm carb and a Winters aluminum high-rise intake manifold. The L72 is backed by the numbers-matching Muncie M22 ‘Rock Crusher’ four-speed manual transmission and a twelve-bolt rear differential with Positraction and 4.10 gears.
This highly optioned COPO Camaro has been restored to showroom condition. Finished in handsome LeMans Blue with a black vinyl top and blue interior, it is unusually well equipped for a COPO car. Options include Z21 Style Trim Group, Z23 Special Interior Group, D55 Center Console, U17 Special Instruments, A01 Soft Ray Tinted Glass, and J52 Power Front Disc Brakes. The Camaro rolls on painted steel wheels shod in bias-ply raised white-letter Goodyear F70x14 tires.
Included in the sale of this 1969 Chevy COPO Camaro are notarized ownership statements and written stories about the car from all four owners.
This striking and rare COPO Camaro will cross the Mecum Auctions block at their Las Vegas, Nevada event taking place November 10th through the 12th.