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Find Of The Day: 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO

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By David Ashton


If there is a time to get excited over a muscle/pony car it’s when a COPO comes our way, especially in perfect condition. COPO (Central Office Production Order) vehicles were specially ordered and modified back in the day and due to their initial high prices, were sold in limited numbers and usually thrashed to death due to their sporting ability. This example is well documented as you can see and has benefited from a full restoration.

The car was found in a barn in Wisconsin and bought by Custom Classics to begin a three-year restoration process. The car’s authenticity was checked by Camaro expert Jerry MacNeish before and after the restoration. The car has since won 3 Nationals and scored Gold class 991/1000.

The centre to any COPO vehicle is its ubiquitous L72 427ci. big block engine with rated 425 hp and upgraded engine parts, such as better heads and lifters, 11:1 compression and 12 bolt rear end. The car has only seen 26 miles since its full restoration.

As you’d expect with a restoration of this quality, everything looks in fine order from the inside out and with an asking price of just under $150,000, this is one of the finest of its breed.


VIN: 124379N662520
1= Chevrolet Division
24 = Camaro, 8 cylinder
37 = 2-door sport coupe
9 = 1969 model year
N = Norwood assembly plant
662520 = Sequence number

Cowl Tag:
ST 69 = 1969 model year
12437 = V8 coupe
NOR 362044 = Norwood assembly plant, body sequence number (no correlation to VIN)
TR 711 = Interior trim code, Black standard
71 PNT = Exterior paint code, LeMans Blue
06A = Build date (First week of June, 1969)
X11 = Accessory options code, base car

Engine Block:
Casting number = 3963512 (427 cubic inch COPO 4-bolt mains)
Engine code (front pad) = T0528MN
T =Tonawanda assembly plant
05 = Assembly month May
28 = Assembly day (August 28th )
MN = Code for 1969 COPO 9561 with 4-speed transmission

Main case casting number 3925660 (Muncie 4-speed manual)
Date code: P9P11B (September 11, 1969)
21 (big block)
Rear End:12-bolt Camaro axle
BE (COPO heavy-duty)

Component Data:
• voltage regulator, dated 9B
• 1100837 alternator, dated 9E17
• hidden VIN number stamping is original, this car has not been re-bodied
• #772 fan blade, dated C69
• #4346 carburetor, dated 944
• #8418 starter motor, dated 9E13

• D80 spoiler equipment
• 9561AA high performance unit, (427-425hp engine)
• G80 positraction, HD 4.10 ratio
• J52 power disc brakes
• M21 Muncie 4-speed transmission
• N40 power steering
• U63 AM radio
• Z21 style trim group
• ZL2 special ducted hood




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