Mar 11

2013 Copo Camaro, Yenko Camaro history, and the ZL-1

The original Copo Camaro is the stuff of legends. It is how highly collectible cars like the Yenko Camaros were born. The formula is simple, you take a Camaro add the L72 big block and you create an instant legend. The Yenko’s are part of a rare time in GM’s history when things like that were possible. At the end of the day only 201 of these rare beauties were ever produced. Part two of the story is COPO 9560 cars ordered by Fred Gibb Chevrolet of La Harpe, Illinois. The idea here was to take the ZL-1 engine which was made for drag racing and stuffing it into the 69 Camaro. This made for an even rarer treat then the Yenko as only 69 of these were ever produced. Probably due to it’s $4,000 extra price tag for the engine alone. That brings us to today and this little thing.

This is GM’s modern day COPO Camaro. Hit the jump to find out all about it.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro 427 Yenko Tribute by Sicnag, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License  by  Sicnag 

The 2013 Copo Camaro is hoping to recapture the collectible magic of the originals. GM intends to make only 69 of the 2013 Copo. Engine choices are a plenty with three engines adorning the 2013 Copo Camaro.

350-cubic-inch engine rated at 325 horsepower
396-cubic-inch engine rated at 375 horsepower
427-cubic-inch engine rated at 425 horsepower.

All engines can be paired with a power glide transmission. If you don’t know what that is you probably aren’t reading this article, but just in case it’s a two speed automatic that is made to do one thing only and that’s drag race. Because demand for a manual transmission for the 2012 Copo Camaro was so high there will be a manual offering as well.

The engines will come with Holley’s hi Ram intake that feeds air into the Holley HP efi electronic controller. This is a pretty trick bit of kit with self tuning fueling tables and data logging. That’s pretty cool stuff.

The 2013 Copo Camaro will also come with the “heritage grill” standard head lights, unique graphics for each engine package, and a revised front suspension. The cars will not have VINs, but will have matching ID numbers with each engine. So the car is not able to be tagged, titled, and driven on the street. Which is no shocker really.

Not that it matters since none of them will ever make it to the street, or likely the track. *rant time* This is the problem with the car world today. This car is nothing more then a collectible. Where the originals were driven, and often driven hard because they were ordered by those who thought it would be sweet to have a big block Camaro to drive. These will be ordered by people who think it will be sweet to have a special edition Camaro to park away in a shed as an investment. I HATE THOSE PEOPLE. Sorry if you are one of them, but we love drivers here at IG. It’s a damn shame cool option packages are wasted on car collectors.

If you want to get one of these good luck. They are picking who gets them this week and I’m sure your first chance at getting one will be the next Barrett Jackson auction.

news source: GM


  1. RenoWrench

    Seems kind of weird, I take it there’s no pricing on these yet?

  2. Infinitegarage

    Yeah there is pricing, I just forgot to include it.  doah!  It’s $86,000 or about twice of what it would cost to buy a regular SS and fit it with tons of drag racing goodies. 

  3. Michael Davis

    I like how the base of base 2012 or 2013 v6 camaro makes 323 hp. You add a bunch of drag specific parts and it will be faster for less than half the money.

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