1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 "COPO" Four-Speed Sport Coupe
Only 69 COPO ZL-1 Camaros were built, and this is number 63. A late-production example, it is equipped with many options not typical of early-production cars. The performance from its ZL-1 427 V-8 is simply unbelievable! It will be offered November 13th, 2010 at the Robson Collection in Gainesville, Georgia. Visit rmauctions.com for more information.
1969 ZL1 Copo Camaro
Hear this ZL 1 Camaro run! It is a part of the Cliff Ernst collection. See more photos at http://www.LegendaryCollectorCars.com
1969 ZL-1 CAMARO
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.
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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 winning piece.
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 steel wheel.
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!