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Chevrolet Debuts the Latest COPO Camaro

Posted November 10, 2016 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: camaro chevrolet Concept

One can’t simply walk into a Chevrolet dealer and order up part number 20179562 from the bowtie brand’s performance catalog, but if it were possible, the net result would be a nearly ready-to-race Chevrolet COPO Camaro, built specifically to compete in the NHRA’s Stock Eliminator class. As Chevrolet announced at the 2016 SEMA Show, the COPO Camaro will return for 2017, and once again just 69 customers will have the opportunity to purchase the off-highway-use only race car.

The idea of reviving the COPO name was tested by Chevrolet at the 2011 SEMA Show, when the automaker displayed a concept Camaro to rave reviews. With demand for such a limited-production model apparent, Chevrolet agreed to build a quantity of 69 cars, the same number of COPO Camaros originally constructed in 1969. Then, the COPO Camaros came only with the 427-cu.in. ZL-1 V-8, but the modern equivalent comes with a range of normally aspirated or supercharged engines, each designed to meet specific NHRA rules.

The car revealed at the 2016 SEMA Show is chassis 01 of the 2017 production run, and it’s finished in a special “anodized” Hyper Blue Metallic with Black livery, offset by “350 Supercharged” graphics. More pics on Hemmings Daily.

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