The COPO Camaro is a true legend where low-option lighter-weight cars were snuck out the “back door” with the largest V8 around.
What resulted is arguably the fastest, nastiest, and most treasured muscle car of them all. But of you get nervous driving a car worth more than a mansion, this 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO tribute is a great way to feel the rush of the best all-out Chevy muscle machine.
Red is always a great color for a speedy classic. And before the first drop of bold color went down on the body, they made sure that the body panels were super-straight with doors that close with better confidence than new. The modern luster combined with great sheetmetal gives this coupe an attention-getting finish no matter if it’s going down the road or parked at a cruise-in. There’s no SS badges and no RS headlights; just a base Camaro coupe right down to the painted steel wheels with dog dish hubcaps. These were cars that let its special motor do all its talking, and that kind of substance is something we all love to see. Even the cowl induction hood is doing its part to feed the beast within. The front chin spoiler and mirror-like bumpers are pieces that you don’t necessarily need for speed, but on a well-sorted coupe like this, they sure do make going fast look good.
The interior has the same nicely restored and down-to-business focus. The bucket seats look and feel fresh, and the same goes for the headliner, door panels, carpeting, and dash pad. This sea of black is broken up by the Hurst performance shifter with a cool red topper (it goes with the Camaro lettering in the carpeting.) Everything is finished to an extremely high level, and so nothing looks out of place. You even have a modern AM/FM digital tuner disguised as the classic Delco radio. The front bucket seats, Chevy three-spoke sports steering, large speedo & tach, and auxiliary gauges are all part of a driver-focused package designed to let you harness the beast under the hood.
The COPO’s calling card was the thundering 427, but this big block is actually the even LARGER 454 cubic-inch V8. The presentation is amazing with the shiny valve covers, Chevy orange block, and tidy wires & hoses. And yes, you see the correct gasket around the air cleaner to mate with the cowl hood. It helps deliver cooler fresh air to the Holley four-barrel carburetor and GM winters intake. It thunders to life with the kind of authority that makes lesser cars quiver, and the Muncie four-speed manual transmission gives you full control over the power and high-octane soundtrack. Plus, features like power steering and power brakes are great no matter if you’re blasting down the boulevard or just cruising the cruise-in.
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