1969 Chevrolet Camaro 427 COPO 9561
Chevrolet developed the Central Office Production Order system to meet the need for a procedure to build non-standard cars with Regular Production Order parts. It was intended for fleet orders: fleets of police cars; fleets of low-powered strippers for meter readers; fleets of taxicabs. It enabled Chevrolet and its dealers to compete effectively for large orders of exceptionally boring vehicles. A few intrepid dealers saw in the COPO system a means to a very different end.
That was to build vehicles more powerful, more purposeful and more specialized than anything Chevrolet could justify offering through the Regular Production Option system. The most common of these was COPO 9561 which put the 427 cubic inch, 425 horsepower Mark IV big block V-8 into the Camaro where the biggest RPO engine was the L89 396/375hp aluminum head big block. COPO 9561 was sparingly used. It is believed that only 822 were built with 4-speeds plus another 193 with automatic transmissions.
In addition to the 427/425hp V-8 COPO 9561 included the ZL2 cowl induction hood, L78 cowl induction air cleaner, heavy duty springs, 12-bolt Positraction rear axle with 4.1:1 gears, heavy duty radiator and absolutely nothing on the outside of the car to identify it as anything special. It was a serious racer’s car that made its statements with performance, not posturing.
|type||Series Production Car|
|built at||Norwood, Ohio, USA|
|engine||Mark IV L72 Cast Iron V8|
|block material||Cast Iron|
|valvetrain||Pushrod OHV, 2 Valves per Cyl|
|fuel feed||Single 4-Barrel Carburetor|
|displacement||6997 cc / 427 in³|
|power||324.4 kw / 435 bhp|
|specific output||62.17 bhp per litre|
|body / frame||Unitary Steel Monocoque|
|front wheels||F 35.6 x 17.8 cm / 14 x 7 in|
|rear wheels||R 35.6 x 17.8 cm / 14 x 7 in|
|r suspension||Live Axle w/Leaf Springs|
124379N657861-1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO 9561. Olympic Gold with a dark green interior. Originally delivered to Mr. Willard Clements of Toronto, Canada. Ordered with desirable close-ratio manual gearbox, power disc brakes, a radio and a heater. Thoroughly documented example. Temporarily fitted with a 427 crate engine in 1982. Sold at Gooding & Co’s 2010 Scottsdale Auction for $145,000 USD with an estimate of $125,000 – $200,000 USD.
Auction Source: 2011 Monterey Daytime Auction by Mecum
Auction Source: 2011 Mecum Indy Spring Classic