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- 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.
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.”
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.
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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