The COPO 9560 used an all-aluminum 427 cu in (7.0 L) big-block called the ZL-1 and was designed specifically for drag racing. The package was conceived by drag racer Dick Harrell, and ordered through Fred Gibb Chevrolet in La Harpe, IL, with the intention of entering NHRA Super Stock drag racing. Just 69 ZL-1 Camaros were produced, the engine alone cost over US$4,000 — nearly twice that of a base coupe with a V8. Though rated at 430 hp (321 kW) gross, the ZL-1 made 376 SAE Net HP in its "as installed" state. With Exhaust changes and some tuning, the horsepower jumped to over 500 hp.
The ZL1 engines were hand assembled in a process that took 16 hours each, in a room that Corvette Chief Engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov described as "surgically clean". All ZL1 engines were manufactured at the Tonawanda Assembly Plant before being installed in Corvettes, Camaros, or sold over the counter to racers. This car came with a 5yr/50,000 bumper to bumper warranty.
1962 ZO-6 Corvette
A 1962 Corvette ZO-6 that has 0 miles on it...that's right...NO miles..ck
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1969 Yenko Camaro
The 1969 Yenko Chevrolet Camaro 427 was the delicious
conversion of muscle car need and a factory's desire to please.
To Ford fans, Carroll Shelby is the high-priest of performance. Chevy
loyalists revere a Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, car dealer named Don Yenko.
Yenko had a deserved reputation for driving, building, and selling
dominating Chevrolets, starting in '65 with well-crafted super Corvairs. He
advanced to installing 427-cid Corvette V-8s in '67 and '68 Camaros, performing 118 of the
transplants. These $4,200 ponys ran in the low 13s right off his shop
132320 / 1969 Chevy Camaro ZL1
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It's hard to know where to start with a car of this caliber, so perhaps
it's best to get the big stuff out of the way first: this nearly flawless
1969 Camaro carries a
correct, authentic, original ZL1 aluminum 427 engine: #62 out of 69 built,
to be exact.
With only three of the 69 original ZL1 Camaros built still carrying
their matching-numbers powertrains, they are exceedingly rare today and are
perhaps the Holy Grail of muscle cars. This one is a mirror image of ZL1
#62, the only red-on-red ZL1 produced, and has been restored to
exceptional, highly-accurate standards and is already a national prize
So you may be thinking that it's just a tribute with a correct ZL1 engine,
but I think that does a disservice to this car. The engine installed in
this car is a real 1969 Camaro ZL1 that has been
authenticated by Jerry MacNeish as the real deal. What defines a "real"
ZL1, the engine or the body? No, this one isn't a 100% matching numbers
ZL1, but it's not simply a clone, either.
When this ZL1 Camaro
engine was discovered, it was a no-brainer to build an exact replica of the
car around it. And with that, we're at the crux of this car's existence:
does the body or the engine make it a real ZL1? Would a real ZL1 body shell
with a replacement iron 427 still be a ZL1 Camaro?
As a duplicate of #62, it is correct Garnet Red, and the finish is
gorgeous. It's obvious that no corners were cut and that someone spent the
long dollar to make this car show-quality in every way. Panel gaps are
exact, alignment is near perfect, and the finish has been color sanded and
buffed beyond any factory efforts in 1969. All COPOs received the cowl
induction hood and most got the ducktail spoiler as well, since they all
started off as SS396 cars. Chrome and trim is concours quality, the glass
is all new and date code correct, and all the stainless has been polished.
The COPOs, ZL1s included, received no special badges beyond the simple Camaro on the fenders,
making them perhaps the ultimate factory-built sleepers.
The engine under the hood is unquestionably a correct all-aluminum ZL1 V8,
thanks to a verification by noted Camaro expert Jerry MacNeish. The
ZL1 was similar to the mighty L88, which featured aluminum heads and an
iron block, and both engines shared the same 430 horsepower rating from the
factory. However, the aluminum block, which was developed for Can-Am
racing, was a first for a Chevy production engine, and a fully assembled
ZL1 weighed around 500 pounds—about as much as a small block 327. The
truth of the matter is that the ZL1 actually made more than 500 horsepower in street trim,
and with littler more than a pair of slicks, these were legitimate
11-second cars. Best of all, they were street legal with a warranty!
The engine bay is beautifully detailed and correct in every way. At first
glance, it looks just like any L88 COPO, but then you notice the block
isn't Chevy Orange. Detailing is exemplary, with correct stamps, markings,
and decals throughout. And, of course, the easy stuff like the hoses,
clamps, and wiring harness are accurate reproduction pieces. You'll also
find that this car still carries a fully functional AIR injection smog
pump—good luck finding one of those today.
Although you could get a ZL1 with an automatic, a majority, including #62,
were equipped with a rugged Muncie 4-speed manual and the strongest rear
end GM made—the legendary 12-bolt, which was stuffed with 4.10 gears and
a Posi. Chambered Exhaust was
standard, and while it was aggressive, it was also light. Front disc brakes
and a heavy-duty F41 suspension were standard equipment with the ZL1. It
rides on COPO-spec 14-inch steel wheels with dog dish hubcaps and a set of
G70-14 Goodyear Polyglas tires.
The bright red interior is also correct and is in outstanding condition. As
I mentioned, there are a few extra options, including a console with
auxiliary gauges, which looks appropriate between the restored red buckets.
A standard steering wheel was what you got when you ordered a COPO, and
this one is in fine condition. Every component in the dash, including the
gauges, ventilation controls, and AM radio has been rebuilt and remains
fully functional. The trunk features a new mat and matching spare on a
I leave it to you to decide what this car really is. It has already won
awards at the highest levels, including a gold award from Super Chevy and
an AACA National First Prize, so there's no question that it's accurately
restored. The foremost expert in the field has verified the engine, and it
exactly duplicates an original ZL1 Camaro's specifications in every
way. So you can choose to look at it as a nicely done tribute car with a
$100,000 engine, or as a rebuilt ZL1 with a $500,000 discount. Either way,
this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a ZL1 you can actually
drive and enjoy. Call now!
1969 Mac's Chevrolet NRHA Divsion 5 Super Stock Camaro 427
I recently started the full restoration of this NHRA Super Stock racer
originally from Cornhusker's Raceway (home track) in Nebraska. This car was
prepped, converted, and raced starting in 1969 and campaigned in the Super
Stock class through 1974 in NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) Division 5,
the "West Central Division".
One of the original part-owners of this car was Al McNamara, the proprietor
of a Nebraska Chevrolet Franchised dealer. This dealer was Mac's Chevrolet
/ Oldsmobile in Crete, Nebraska. The Camaro was raced new off the
show-room floor in 1969.
From the show-room floor the Camaro was shipped by way of Del
Clausen's shop, Del's Star Auto Body, where he laid on the "one of a kind"
paint scheme in his Mason City, Iowa Auto Body Center
The next stop for this Camaro was over to Dick Harrell's
St Louis, Missouri Performance Center where he prepared all of the Camaro's 427 power plants
(including an all Aluminum ZL-1 427), the Camaro's chassis, and the Camaro's multiple
transmissions. "MR CHEVROLET'S" shop converted the Camaro from it's original Muncie
four speed to a Harrell Performance Center prepared turbo 400 transmission. Dick's shop also supplied
a specially prepared "Clutch Driven" turbo 400 transmission for use later in the 1969
The "Legendary" NHRA Division 5 driver, Charles (Charlie) Jacobs, also a
part-owner of this Camaro, campaigned as the driver
of this Camaro with
great success winning his division's "points" class in Super Stock and his
division's "Chevrolet Manufacturers" class.
Al and Charles sold the car sometime in 1970 to the next set of owners.
These owners continued to campaign the Camaro, which afforded them
division wins in 1971 and 1973.
Stay tuned for addition video documenting the Camaro's restoration progress.
Team Camaro Tech
Museum of American Speed
Del Clausen Article
132154 / 1969 Camaro COPO
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After a year of showcasing some very good tribute cars, RK Motors Charlotte
is proud to present what might be the Holy Grail of muscle cars: a real,
matching-numbers, fully-documented 1969 COPO Camaro. It packs its original L72
427 engine, original code BE rear end, its original sheet metal, and shows
just 30,317 original miles. It has been recently restored by RK Motors and
authenticated by Camaro
expert Jerry MacNeish. If you've been tempted in the past but never quite
pulled the trigger, you're going to be blown away by this Fathom Green
The history on this car is fascinating, and I'd like to start there. It
first surfaced in a 1982 issue of "Hot Rod" magazine as a small classified
ad in the back. The seller claimed it was a Berger Special, not really
knowing that Berger was a big COPO dealer. The fellow who bought the car
(for $7500!) was wise enough to pull the original L72 and set it aside when
he decided to go drag racing. For several years, a replacement 454 lived
under the hood, while a set of small 8-inch slicks were used out back, and
the car was simply a fun toy at the local strip. It was never tubbed, cut,
or modified, and all the special COPO components remained with the car.
Eventually, it ended up in Georgia at a restoration shop that reinstalled
the original 427 and put the car back into stock condition. RK Motors
acquired the car from them, corrected the remaining details and gave the
car a world-class paint job to complement its world-class status as an
investment piece. Today it presents as one of the best-driving,
lowest-mileage, original COPOs on the planet and drives like a new car.
I suppose I've made it abundantly clear with the past four COPO Camaro tributes we've had in our
showroom that I LOVE these cars. What could be cooler than a bunch of
dealers finding a way to work the system to force GM to build the fastest,
nastiest, most outrageous muscle cars of all time? I can imagine that first
order coming through the COPO system and landing on a power-train
engineer's desk. He picks it up, a sly smile plays across his face, and he
calls out to his compatriots in the engineering department, "OK, boys, lets
rock! " A few weeks later, COPO 9561 was ready, featuring a stripped-down
Camaro body packing a
thundering 427 cubic inch V8, a 4-speed manual, a specially-prepped 12-bolt
rear, and precious little else.
BIG RED Camaro - The Texas Mile - March 2011
Big Red came to the Texas Mile this March. This Camaro sounds great and was very
fast - he was running around 216mph.
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Lot S99 1969 Chevrolet Camaro R/S ZL1 #55, 427/430 HP, 4-sp
Dana Mecum's Original Spring Classic Auction - 21st Year
May 15 - 18, 2008
Model Camaro R/S ZL1
Exterior Color Le Mans Blue
Interior Color White
Engine Size 427
Trans. Speeds 4
COPO 9560 ZL1 427/430hp 4speed, RS