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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 Camaro. 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 automatic transmission. 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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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 Camaro. 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 automatic transmission. 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!