69 Chevrolet Camaro

69 Chevrolet Camaro Owned/submitted by:
Chris Cook

Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada

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  • 383 Stroker.
  • M21 4 Speed (Mancie 4 Speed Transmission).

Original LA car March of 69 build. Cloned to be a COPO car. 2012 is the year of the COPO Camaro. Purchased out of Calgary in March 2012. As for restoring, it will never end.

Always being asked if its a real COPO Camaro and why didn’t we put big wheels on it. Cause we had steel wheels for an old school look. Forgotten but not forgot.

Additional Facts:

The Camaro was Chevrolet’s contribution to the “pony car” craze of the 60’s. The Chevy Camaro was designed to compete with cars like the Ford Mustang, the Plymouth Barracuda and the Dodge Dart referred to as “pony cars”. Unfortunately due to a General Motors corporate mandate to Chevrolet that prevented it from carrying an engine larger than 400 in³ (6.6 L) V8, the Camaro was not a serious contender to compete with these cars.

Don Yenko to the rescue. Donald (Don) Yenko was an American race car driver that had set up a high performance shop for Chevrolet vehicles. He sold high performance parts for some Chevrolet models and also modified cars for customers. He also started building his own aftermarket cars starting with a modified Chevrolet Corvair which he named “The Stinger”. He saw that there was a market for an ultra powerful Camaro, so in 1967 he started modifying first-generation Camaros.

Because these cars had been modified, they were not allowed to race for Chevrolet. Chevy’s answer to this was the COPO Camaro, or Central Office Production Order, in 1969. The COPO Camaros were equipped with the same 427ci engine as the “Yenko Camaros” but because they were not modified “after market” they were allowed to race for Chevy.

Some of these Camaros have been sold at Barrett-Jackson auctions for well over $2 million US Dollars.

Production of the Chevrolet Camaro was discontinued with the 2002 model year which marked the end of the fourth-generation. Unlike the Firebird Trans Am also discontinued with the 2002 model year, the Chevrolet Camaro was reborn in 2009. The first model of the fifth-generation was the 2010 Camaro. Built in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, the car was awarded the “World Car Design of the Year Award” on April 1, 2010 by the World Car of the Year (WCOTY) an automobile jury of 48 international automotive journalists from 22 countries.

Chevrolet resurrected the COPO Camaro with a new COPO Camaro 2012. A COPO Camaro concept was unveiled at the 2011 SEMA Show. The 2012 COPO Camaro is described as Chevrolet’s “first purpose-built Camaro drag-racing specialty car designed to compete with the quickest in NHRA’s Stock Eliminator and Super Stock classes.”

Present Or Future Plans:

Presently working on a 28 Model A. Powered by a flat head, banjo rear end going for an old school look. Steel wheels, wide whites, chopped 6 inches, channeled 2 inches. And the work goes on.

Final Thoughts:

I also own a 65 Cobra Roadster which I also submitted to this site. If you would like to take a look at it just go here:

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My Ride’s Pictures:
69 Chevrolet Camaro Description of Picture on the Left:
Here is Chris Cook’s 69 COPO Camaro clone. Looks are deceiving. Chris decided to keep his Camaro with an “old school look” with steel rims and original size tires. The original COPO Camaros were capable of participating in official car races. Not the “Yenko Camaros” that were the first non Chevrolet built “COPO Camaros” but the official COPO Camaros that were completely built by Chevrolet were. Some of the original COPO Camaros have been auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson auctions for over $2 Million Dollars. Click on the Picture to enlarge.
Description of Picture on the Right:
Here is a picture of the 69 COPO Camaro clone’s 383 stroker. This engine is very clean and looks like new. The original COPO Camaros were equipped with the ZL-1 engine that was built for the Corvette. These engines had an aluminum block with a displacement of 427ci rated by Chevrolet at 430HP. Chevrolet never released the actual power of the engine, but it was dynoed at just over 375HP in it’s original configuration. But with some modifications to the exhaust system it surpassed 400HP. Click on the Pic to enlarge.
69 Chevrolet Camaro
69 Chevrolet Camaro Description of Picture on the Left:
Picture showing the immaculate interior of the 1969 COPO Camaro clone. Two interior main packages were offered with the Camaro, Custom Interior (RPO Z87) and Special Interior (RPO Z23). Each of these included several features and some of these overlapped varying by model year. For the 69 Chevrolet Camaro some of these were, Woodgrain accents, on the steering wheel and driver and passenger side dashboard (RPO Z23 driver’s side only) bright pedal trim, dash assist handle and more. Click Picture to enlarge.
Description of Picture on the Right:
Picture of the 69 COPO Camaro clone. The factory 69 Chevrolet Camaro carried over the same drive train and the majority of other mechanical components from the previous year model. However, the body underwent a major re-design overall with the exception of the hood and the trunk lid. The grill was re-designed with a more pronounced “V” shape, the headlights were more recessed and new door skins, rear quarter panels and rear valance made the car look lower, wider and more aggressive. Please click on the Picture to enlarge.
69 Chevrolet Camaro
69 Chevrolet Camaro Description of Picture on the Left:
Driver’s side rear corner of the 69 COPO Camaro. The Camaro was/is a very successful American muscle car. Designed to compete with the Ford Mustang, it quickly gained popularity among car enthusiasts. To target a wide range of car buyers, three main packages were offered right from the start, the RS, SS and the Z28. The RS was mainly an appearance package, where the SS and the Z28 were performance packages. Two engine sizes were offered for the SS package, a 350 or a 396 CID V8. The Z28 included additional modifications to enhance it’s performance making it racing ready. Click the picture to enlarge.

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