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COPO CAMARO-THANK CHEVY DEALERS FOR THIS MONSTER!
Before we talk about the upcoming 2018 COPO Camaro,
lets take a brief look at the programs history. COPO stands
for Central Office Production Order and was how dealers
ordered their vehicles in the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s. As the
muscle car wars were just starting in America in the mid to
late 60’s, dealers were asking the manufactures for sporty,
light weight hotrods. The manufacturers were reluctant to
build these low producton vehicles.
Along comes Don Yenko, a Chevy dealer in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Yenko had been modifying
Chevrolet Corvair's for racing in SCCA sanctioned events.
When the Camaro entered the pony car fray in 1967, Don
Yenko transplanted Chevrolet's 427 cubic inch (7 L), 425
horsepower (317 kW) L-72 engine (along with other high-
performance parts) and created the Yenko Camaro. The
1967 & 1968 427 Camaros were so popular that, in 1969,
Yenko used Chevrolet's Central Office Production Order
(COPO) system to have L-72 engines installed into
Chevrolet Camaros, Chevelles, and Novas on the factory assembly lines. By far, the Camaro was
the most popular of these cars. Referred to today as "Yenkos," they are among the most
collectible 1960s vehicles.
As is customary in the car business, other dealers saw the success Yenko was having, especially
with the Camaro and they started to order the high horsepowered cars.
Fast forward to today, the COPO Camaro program was revived in 2011. A new COPO concept was
shown at the SEMA Show that year. The overwhelming response inspired a special-edition
production run. Engines were
assembled at the Wixom
Performance Build Center, where
the buyer could opt to participate
in the engine assembly. With
national records for quarter-mile
times in the 9-second range, the
COPO’s success has continued
every year since the 2012 model
year, with a limited run of 69 cars
in honor of 1969, the year Yenko
started special ordering the
Chevrolet revealed the 2018 COPO Camaro today at Hot Wheels headquarters in conjunction with
the announcement of the 2018 Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition.
The COPO Camaro features an exclusive Supercrush exterior color and a Hot Wheels appearance
package that will be offered with the latest edition of Chevrolet’s factory-built drag racer. An all-
new, high-revving 302 Gen V Small Block is also available.
Today’s announcement coincides with the early opening of the registration system for a chance to
be chosen to purchase a 2018 COPO Camaro.
“The introduction of a new COPO Camaro is always exciting and the new engine and Hot Wheels
package expand choices for customers,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance
Vehicles and Motorsports. “Chevrolet has supported Camaro drag racers for more than 50 years
and the historic COPO Camaro program continues to offer them more ways to win.”
Those interested in purchasing one of the 69 2018 COPO Camaro race cars can register at
chevrolet.com/performance/copo-registration. An independent third party will randomly select
purchasers from the pool of interested customers.
The new 302 racing engine is based on the LT1 engine offered in the 2018 Camaro SS, but built for
drag racing with unique components. Its displacement derives from a shorter-stroke crankshaft
than the production engine that enables exceptional high-rpm capability.
COPO Camaro customers can also select a naturally aspirated 427 (7.0L) or supercharged 350
(5.7L) racing engine. The supercharged 350 enables mid-8-second quarter-mile times at nearly
160 mph. All COPO Camaro engines are backed by an SFI-approved ATI TH400 three-speed
As with the previous editions, 2018 COPO Camaro models are designed for NHRA’s Stock
Eliminator classes. They are fitted with racing chassis and suspension components, including a
unique solid rear axle system in place of a regular-production Camaro’s independent rear axle.
Note that these cars are not street legal and come with very little sound deadening materials and
no back seat. After all, shaving weight on the dragstrip is everything!
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