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.
Rare Double COPO 1969 Camaro 427 V8 425 HP Muscle Car from Berger Chevrolet
427c.i. 4BBL L-72 425 H.P. (#s Matching) V8, 4 Speed Muncie Manual
Transmission, 12 Bolt Service Package Rear w/ 4.10 Posi-Trac (#s Only for
Copo), Order# 9561 High Performance Package-- ZL-2 Cowl Induction Hood,
H.D. F-62 Front Spring, H.D. G32 5 Leaf Rear Springs, Special Curved Neck
H.D. Radiator, P. Disc Brakes, Order# 9737-- Sports Car Conversion
Package-- 15x7 Rally Wheels, 140 MPH Speedo, 7000 RPM Tach, Endura Bumper,
AM Radio, 1in Front Sway Bar, Black Halo Vinyl Top, D-80 Spoiler Group,
Correct Garnet Red Exterior (Paint Code-52B), X11 Coded Cowl, Correct Black
Vinyl Interior (Trim Code-711), Last Owner Owned Since 1998, Owners Manual
with Original Berger- Chevrolet Envelope, Entire Rotisserie Restoration
Process Documented by Photos, Emphasis on Accuracy, The Car has been Signed
by Dale Berger on the Upper Radiator Support, Copo Connection Certificate
Signed by Edward J. Cunneen that Certifies this Car as a Genuine "Double
Copo" Ordered from Berger Chevrolet! One of Only 12 Four Speed Berger Copo
Camaros, Immaculate &
Tasteful Restoration! Less than a Handful of Original "Double Copos" are
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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 Camaro ZL1 on Dyno
~~~Please Read Description~~~
I UPLOADED THIS FOR MY DAD, I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE CAR. SORRY.
Engine ZL1 427 all aluminum, pro top line head, comp cam, 1000 cfm holley,
5 speed tremec, 411 gear.
TWO PULLS: 1st pull inconclusive. Tires spun on rollers. 2nd pull,
tightened ties some more. Pull was better, but tires still spun (that's
the blue smoke)
I guess stock poly glass doesn't work with all this power. Will try again
with slicks on.
American Muscle Car - S03E03 - The Copo Cars
THE AMERICAN MUSCLECAR series brings you the third season, profiling some
of the most influential cars in automotive history:
Chevrolet El Camino & Ford Ranchero
The CoPo Cars
1968-2001 Chevrolet Corvette
Boss 302 & 429 Mustangs
The Saleen Mustangs
The Hurst Cars
The SLP Cars
Dodge Dart GTS
1969 COPO CAMARO ZL-1!!! THE REAL DEAL!!! FOR SALE TODAY!!! #48/69
This very rare and desirable ZL1 Camaro has had the same owner for
the last 31 years. It is 1 of only 69 produced COPO ZL1 aluminum block 427
delivered to Fred Gibb Chevrolet of LaHarpe, Illinois.
The previous owner purchased the Camaro as a shell in 1982 at an
auction in Georgia.
The Camaro then sat
among his many other cars including 18 other 1969 Camaros for years before they
discovered about 7 or 8 years ago via the VIN that it was a ZL1 Gibbs Camaro.
Many collectors and experts searched for this "missing" Gibbs car and
couldn't find it because due to a typo back then the 9 was typed in as a 1
so all title searches failed to turn up the car.
Thousands if not tens of thousands of titles were typed in wrong upon
ownership changes by state/provincial employees who didn't care (it's just
a job) or double checked everything they typed in and with no computers it
just went into a file. This error has now been corrected at the Ministry of
Transportation and has a clear Ontario ownership with the corrected VIN.
Photos were taken of the hidden VIN's on the cowl and a bare metal one
behind the heater box along with the dash VIN.
Finished in its correct Lemans Blue with a black interior this ZL1 is now
an outstanding rotisserie restored example with an aluminum 3946053 GM
issue 427 ZL1 engine, M21 4 speed transmission, chambered Exhaust and a reproduction trim tag.
In 1969, Fred Gibb Chevrolet ordered 50 ZL1 Camaros. The first two ZL1 Camaros arrived at Gibb's
dealership on a snowy evening in the last days of December 1968. The window
sticker price was over $7,200. Needless to say, not many Camaro enthusiasts were eager to
step up and pay a price that was almost twice the cost of the COPO 9561
cast iron 427. Due to this "sticker shock", negotiations transpired between
Fred Gibb and the Chevrolet factory managers. It was agreed that Gibb could
return most of the cars. It was the first time in history that the factory
took back cars from a dealership. The unsold cars were re-invoiced at the
factory and redistributed to other high-performance Chevrolet dealerships.
In addition to the original 50 ZL1 Camaros shipped to Gibb
Chevrolet, an additional 19 ZL1's were ordered through the 1969 production
year by various other high-performance Chevrolet dealerships. This ended
the 1969 ZL1 Camaro
production run at a total of 69 cars. Fred Gibb Chevrolet did manage to
sell 13 of the original 50 that he ordered. This is the last of the "13"
cars Gibb ordered being car #48.
The rest of the cars went to other dealers in an attempt to sell them.
About 20 cars were prepped for NHRA Super Stock class, and others were sold
to private owners. Many dealers who ordered a ZL1 Camaro wound up removing the ZL1
engine and replacing it with a cast iron 396 or 427 in an effort to sell
the car. Interestingly, it took until 1972 for Fred Gibb to sell the last
1969 ZL1 Camaro sitting
on his lot. It sold with a $1,000 rebate from Chevrolet. Several cars are
still unaccounted for, but enthusiasts around the world are still searching
for this rare factory race car. Today, it is known that 50 cars still
exist. Many have been accounted for, and a few are back on the racing
circuit, showing today's generation what 1960s drag racing was all about.
Having ordered 50 of the 69 total ZL1 cars, Fred Gibb had few options for
colour and transmission. 4-speed and Automatic Transmissions were paired
with one of eight colours.
The engine and colour production is as follows:
Fathom Green: 13/69 -- 9 4-speed and 4 Automatic
Dusk Blue: 10/69-- 6 4-speed and 4 Automatic
Hugger Orange: 15/69-- 11 4-speed and 4 Automatic
Le Mans Blue: 12/69-- 7 4-speed and 5 Automatic (2 convertibles)
Cortez Silver: 12/69-- 8 4-speed and 4 Automatic
Dover White: 3/69 -- 3 4-speed
Daytona Yellow: 2/69 -- 2 4-speed
Garnet Red: 2/69 -- 2 4-speed
Only 12 Le Mans Blue Camaro ZL1's rolled off the
assembly line with just 7 containing the 427 4-speed motor.
For more information please call Jeffrey direct at 416-587-1198 or email
1969 Chevy 427 ZL1 Engine Dyno Test 534HP 501FT/LBS TQ
The 1969 Chevy 427 ZL1
It is an engine that is as synonymous with factory performance as is the
426 Chrysler Hemi. Few have ever worked on, owned, or even seen one in
person. In 1966-67 Chevrolet was getting there behinds kicked in Can-Am
racing. The 327 CI small blocks they were using were too small of a
displacement to get the job done on the Can-Am circuit. In 1968 the
development of the all aluminum racing 427 for the Can-Am racing series put
Chevy powered cars finally on top. Their success was so great that GM
decided to market the engine to the public for other racers to purchase and
would make a wet sump version to be offered, the ZL1. GM never intended to
offer the ZL1 in a production car, however, some Chevy dealers knew how to
get around GM hierarchy to get factory built race cars made using the COPO
(Central Office Production Order) backdoor ordering system. In total 69
1969 Camaro's and 2
1969 Corvette's were produced with the ZL1 engines from the factory,
complete with a factory warranty.
Promar Engines was chosen by Kevin MacKay of Corvette Repair in Valley
Stream NY to resurrect the original prototype engine used by GM for there
testing of the ZL1 engine in 1968. Promar had custom parts made for the
engine to recreate the engines internals. Upon completion the 1968 GM
Engineering Prototype ZL1 engine was Dyno tested and everyone can
finally know what the actual HP of a stock ZL1 is. The Dyno results are 534 HP at 6300
RPM and 501 Ft Lbs TQ at 4600 RPM. Promar Precision Engine is a
remanufacturer of all types of engines. High Performance, Marine,
Automotive, Diesel, Gas, Alternative Fuel, Restoration, and medium duty
truck engines are the main focus. Promar utilizes modern machines and
machining techniques to supply its superior quality products to the general
To find out more about the 1969 ZL1 engine, Hot Rod did an article on this
particular engine (yes this actual engine) Dec 1969.
134233 / 1969 Chevrolet Camaro COPO
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Regardless if you're into blue chip investments or brutal street machines,
the first whisper of "COPO" should get your attention. The subject of a
frame up restoration, this 1969 Camaro COPE tribute not only
nails the plain wrapper/huge motor aesthetic - it does so with a barrage of
period correct parts that will leave most enthusiasts scratching their
heads at whether or not the car is the real deal.
While GM didn't offer "High Impact" colors in the Mopar sense, few colors
have a higher impact than code 76 Daytona Yellow. According to the trim
tag, the car wore this color when it left the Norwood, Ohio assembly line
in November of 1968 and continues to display it proudly today. The angular
'69 body lines look crisp, each panel is straight and overall fitment is
significantly above average.
Lift the hood of this Chevrolet to find a 427ci V8 dressed in full factory
décor. The centerpiece is a cast iron GM block which wears fresh orange
paint and a 3963512 casting number. Topped with factory heads, a Winters
intake, a Holley four-barrel, and cast iron Exhaust manifolds, the engine looks and feels
showroom new. From the GM hoses to the reproduction R59 battery, every
detail is equally nice.
Underneath the car, a Muncie four-speed offers full control of the big
block. Power meets the pavement through a GM 12-bolt rear packed with 4.10
gears and a limited slip. From the tagged "HW" coil springs up front to the
freshly painted leaf springs out back, the suspension remains in stock
form, aided by manual steering and power assisted brakes with discs up
front and drums in the rear. The chassis meets the road through Goodyear
Polyglas tires wrapped around body-matched steel wheels.
Most COPO buyers weren't interested in interior gadgetry so nearly all of
the original cars left the factory with a standard code 711 black interior.
This COPO tribute stays true that idea. Additions like a correct AC 140 mph
speedometer and floor-mounted Stewart Warner tach add to the cars
performance theme while rebuilt seats and all new soft pieces give the car
a fresh new look.
With a factory-dressed 427, a Muncie four-speed, and a color that makes no
bones about what the car was built for, this Camaro is a great example of COPO
tribute. From the paint daubs on the chassis to the Yenko-branded spoiler,
no detail was too small to overlook, resulting in a show-ready Camaro ready to inspire grins and
knowing nods everywhere it goes. Are you ready to rumble with one of the
most brutal factory Camaros ever built? Here's your
chance to do so guilt free!