To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its birth, Chevrolet in 2019 will open up the COPO Camaro program once more. To truly appreciate the impressive beast that is the 2019 COPO Camaro, it’s important to look back on 50 years of COPO Camaro history.
In 1969, Chevrolet dealer Fred Gibb wanted to create a Camaro that would be more competitive in Stock Eliminator drag racing. For this, he turned to Chevrolet’s Central Office Production Order system, requesting a Camaro equipped with the ZL1 427 racing engine. This mighty engine would be more powerful than the Camaro’s standard 396 Big Block, but with its all-aluminum construction, it would weigh 100 pounds less.
Chevrolet eventually approved the request, but with the understanding that there needed to be at least 50 examples built for the car to be eligible for NHRA drag racing. Gibb ended up ordering 50 for himself and sold 13, ultimately sending the rest to other dealers. Some of those other dealers followed Gibbs’ lead and ordered their own COPO Camaros, leading to a total of 69 examples produced.
The COPO Camaro became an instant classic thanks to its on-strip performance and its collector’s status, leading Chevrolet to reopen the COPO program again in 2012.
The 2019 COPO Camaro will be available with a naturally aspirated LSX-based 427 racing engine, a 302-cubic-inch engine, and an LSX-based 350 engine with a 2.65-liter Magnuson supercharger. In addition, the COPO Camaro boasts a distinctive front-end design and is offered with a special Anniversary Blue Metallic exterior color and the 50th Anniversary Engine Appearance Package, which includes a stylish orange engine block and a black high-rise intake manifold.
Just like in 1969, only 69 examples of the 2019 COPO Camaro will be built, making this powerful performer awfully hard to come by.
The chances of getting a COPO Camaro are about as good as winning the lottery, but you can still get the keys to a brand-new 2019 Chevrolet Camaro at Pine Belt Chevrolet.