JERRY MCNEISH CERTIFIED 1969 COPO CAMARO!
In the late 1960s, a small number of Chevrolet dealerships (Yenko, Gibbs, Berger, etc) with performance in mind figured out how to use Chevrolet’s Central Office Production Ordering (COPO) system to get around Chevrolet’s 400 cubic-inch engine limitation. They and others used the COPO system to create and order very small numbers of what would become some of the most devastatingly fast muscle cars of all time.
The 1969 COPO Camaro you see here most likely was ordered as a COPO 9561. COPO 9561 came with all the same items as the legendary and even more rare ZL-1 Camaro (all-aluminum 427/430 HP), but was much cheaper to buy without the aluminum 427 and transitorized ignition. The COPO 9561 package included the cast iron L72 427/425 hp engine, special ducted hood, heavy-duty cooling, the special 4.10 'BE' axle, power front discs and one of 4 optional heavy duty transmissions.
Although Yenko, Berger and Gibbs are the best known, highest volume dealers of COPO cars, they were also ordered by many other lesser known Chevrolet dealerships. Accurate total production records for non ZL-1 1969 COPO Camaros do not seem to exist, however the best estimate of total production for non ZL-1 1969 COPO Camaros is 193 automatics and 822 4-speeds, for a total of 1015 COPO 9561 cars. These numbers are likely higher than actual COPOs produced because they are derived from total engine block production, which included extra replacement blocks for warranty problems. The Fathom Green 69 COPO Camaro you see here is one of that very small, very rare group and has been certified an original, numbers matching engine, non re-bodied car by well known Camaro appraiser Jerry McNeish.
1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro. 30,255 original miles. Numbers matching 427/425 HP engine, correct 4-speed Muncie M-21 close-ratio transmission, original BE coded 4.10 geared HD 12-bolt axle. Fathom Green exterior with Midnight Green interior. Date coded XT wheels with NOS Chevy “Dog Dish” hub caps. Optioned with rear spoiler, interior console with gauges, AM radio, clock and bucket-seat head rests.
If questions, please call Gary at (678) 717-7268 or (704) 721-0090.
- 427/425 HP L72 #s Match Engine
- 4 Speed Muncie Trans (correct)
- 4.10 BE-Coded Orig Rear
- Fathom Green Exterior
- Midnight Grn Interior
- 30,XXX Original Miles!
- Nearly All Original Sheet Metal (not re-bodied)
- Jerry McNeish Certified Authentic COPO