When Camaro enthusiasts hear the word "COPO Camaro"
the 9561 model of 1969 is usually the first one that comes to mind.
Production numbers were in the hundreds, but the exact production totals
arenít known. However, we do know that 1015 L72 (427 cubic inch) engines
were built for COPO Camaros Ė 822 to fit four-speeds and 193 for automatics.
COPO 9561 Camaros were hardly plentiful but they certainly spent more time
in the limelight because they served as the foundation for a number of "supercar
conversions" including the legendary Yenko Super Camaro, in 1969.
The COPO Camaro rolled off the assembly line with dog-dish hubcaps,
usually plain-jane interior, headers in the trunk to be installed by the
dealer and best of all, no external badging whatsoever to warn the poor guy
in the nearest lane.
It featured a huge, 850 CFM
Holley four-barrel carburetor, a high-nine aluminum intake, and massive
"rectangular-port" cylinder heads stuffed with 2.19 intake and
1.72 inch exhaust values.
A forged steel crank-shaft with forged steel connecting rods
slung forged aluminum pistons. Also, Chevy gave the engine a 11.0:1
compression ratio. COPO 9651 Camaro was capable of ripping off 12-second
elapsed times down the quarter-mile. To dip into 11 seconds required a set
of slicks and traction bars.
This particular car has the hounchtooth interior, ducktail rear spoiler
and a front spoiler, along with the
original style polyglas tires. The car was purchased in Ontario, Canada in
the September `03 after a complete restoration had been completed.
The L72 engine had all the
appropriate performance parts any right minded speed freak could have
wanted in the late 1960ís.
This Camaro placed 2nd at the Camaro Nationals in the Supercar
Division in 2003. Now resides in Daryl Carterís Personal Muscle Car
Collection in Penticton, B.C., Canada.