Now in its second year, the COPO Camaro program is nothing short of a dream come true for customers looking for a factory-built Chevrolet race car. But only a select few individuals will be burning rubber in them, as once again the company will produce only 69 of the ultra-rare COPO machines.
Next week, Chevy will let the lucky 69 customers who made their intentions known that they are the chosen ones out of a lottery that like last year is expected to consist of several thousand hand-raisers. The cars will be built starting this April, with deliveries beginning in early summer. Each COPO Camaro will have a serial number but will not include a VIN, restricting it from highway use.
"The COPO Camaro program is growing into its second year to support our customers, who have continually expressed their interest for these specialized race cars," said GM's motorsports and performance vehicle chief Jim Campbell said in a statement. "The 2013 production run builds on the success of our inaugural year with new powertrain choices and enhancements that will make the cars even more competitive."
COPO (Central Office Production Order) was originally used in the '60s for special dealership orders. Some specialty dealers used the code to create higher-performance models that weren't otherwise available, including the legendary 1969 Camaro ZL1, which featured an all-aluminum 427-cubic-inch engine developed for racing. Sixty-nine ZL1s were built and they've since become valuable collector cars.
For 2013, COPO Camaro buyers will have three naturally aspirated engine choices: 350 ci/325 hp, 396 ci/375 hp, or 427 ci/425 hp. To make the COPO Camaro eligible for a broader range of NHRA Stock Eliminator classes, a new manual transmission will be offered, along with the Powerglide automatic. Rear axle gearing is optimized for each vehicle, depending on the engine and transmission.
Other mechanical improvements will include: a unique solid rear axle system; an all-new Holley HP EFI electronic control unit that features self-tuning fuel table strategies and data logging; a racing wiring harness; revised front springs; a transmission cooler integrated with radiator; lightweight Bogart racing wheels and Hoosier racing tires; and an NHRA-approved roll cage.
For the lucky few chosen to order this exotic Chevy, five exterior colors will be offered: Black, Summit White, Victory Red, Silver Ice Metallic and Ashen Gray Metallic. The car will have a one-off "heritage" grille, an exterior graphic related to the motor choice, and revised interior.
For those who won't be selected, but are still interested in building a race Camaro, Chevrolet Performance will offer a "COPO Build Book" (part number 88958767) which provides an overview of the car's assembly.
A hefty group of 3,000 loyal customers showed an interest for the COPO Camaros in 2012. This year, Chevy will identify the lucky customers via its COPO Camaro Mailing List; a third-party organization is responsible for the randomized selection beginning March 11. The car's price tag will start at $86,000. To have a shot at ordering a COPO Camaro, you'll need to sign up at chevroletperformance.com by no later than today, March 7.