For many Chevy Camaro fans, few other versions of Chevy’s pony car are as intriguing as a first-generation COPO Camaro. COPO stands for Central Office Production Order. A COPO car was usually something that had to be specially ordered for an intended use, such as police cruisers, taxi cabs, or some other specially equipped vehicle ordered with non-standard options. In 1969, GM had an internal rule stating F-body cars (Chevy Camaros and Pontiac Firebirds) could not be equipped with engines exceeding 400 cubic inches.
A COPO Camaro with the COPO 9561 package got you the burly L72 427 cubic-inch iron Mark IV Big Block with 11.0:1 compression, a Holley 800CFM four-barrel carb, high-rise intake, rectangular port heads, forged steel crank, forged aluminum pistons, and a radical solid-lifter cam, all combined to produce 425 horsepower. The package added $489.75 to the sticker, and included the Cowl Induction Hood, Heavy Duty Springs, twelve-bolt Positraction rear end with 4.11 gears, and a Heavy Duty radiator. It is generally thought around 1,000 COPO 9561 Camaros were made. Of those, around 58 were equipped with RPO Z22, the Rally Sport Package.
The Chevy Camaro Rally Sport package was a true option list bargain. For just $131.65, the Rally Sport package got you a blacked-out grille, hidden headlights, headlight washers, fender stripes, simulated fender louvers, wheel arch moldings, black body sills, RS emblem in the grille, on the steering wheel, and rear panel, bright trim around the taillights, on the roof drip moldings, and back-up lights mounted beneath the back bumper.
1969 would be the final year for Chevy COPO Camaro production for quite some time. The exclusivity and performance of COPO Camaros have driven prices far beyond that of their more common brethren. An example like our feature COPO Camaro RS may well see a sale price near the top of the COPO genre.
Our feature 1969 Chevy COPO Camaro has been the subject of an extensive rotisserie restoration. It was sold new at Berger Chevrolet in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (Berger was second only to Yenko Chevrolet in COPO Camaro sales.) The Camaro is finished in Fathom Green with a green vinyl roof over a green vinyl interior. It is a rare double COPO car with both the 9561 package, and the 9737 Sports Car Conversion Package that included E70-15 wide tread tires, 15-inch Rally wheels, a beefier sway bar, and a 140 MPH speedo. This COPO Camaro is one of only 58 believed to be equipped with the Rally Sport package. It is equipped with a Turbo 400 Hydramatic three-speed automatic transmission, power front disc brakes, the aforementioned 12-bolt Posi rear end, chambered exhaust, a pushbutton AM-FM radio, and raised white-letter Goodyear Polyglas bias-ply tires.
This beautifully restored and supremely rare COPO Camaro will cross the Mecum Auctions block at their Dallas, Texas event taking place September 20th through the 23rd.