2012 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Convertible
Besides the Camaro Hot Wheels Edition and Camaro 69 Hot Wheels Concept, Chevrolet has also shown the new 2012 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Convertible at SEMA Auto Show 2012. COPO short for (Central Office Production Order) Camaro, which hit the drag strip in 1969 as a factory-built race car.
2012 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Convertible will be powered by a 327 CID (5.3-liter) V8 with a 4.0-liter Whipple supercharger which makes an NHRA-certified 550 horsepower. The only 2012 COPO Camaro painted Inferno Orange Metallic featuring additional custom graphics and special interior trim. This only example will be built with a Turbo 400 three-speed automatic transmission. The top is fully operational, although it must be up when racing, per NHRA rules.
“The COPO Camaro program has been a special program and there’s not a better way to close out the 2012 racing season than with the final – and most unique – one of the production run,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Chevrolet is proud to once again partner with the American Heart Association at Barrett-Jackson for the sale of this COPO Camaro convertible. It will make a great race car or collector vehicle for a lucky bidder, who will be buying a piece of history.
“I am also happy to announce that due to strong customer demand we will produce another run of 69 COPO Camaros for 2013. More than 3,000 hand-raisers expressed interest in buying a COPO after we introduced the car at SEMA last year. We are excited to support these grassroots motorsports enthusiasts in their Stock Eliminator and Super Stock drag racing efforts,” said Campbell.
Like all COPO Camaros, it comes with an NHRA-approved roll cage, a solid rear axle, and a full array of NHRA-mandated safety gear. COPO convertibles get fully-operational tops, too, which must be in place for racing per NHRA competition rules.
As for exclusivity, the car is one of two COPO Camaros built in convertible form, with the other going to Chevrolet’s collection. It’s the only COPO Camaro painted in Inferno Orange Metallic, and its the only one fitted with the Turbo 400
This new 2012 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Convertible will be auctioned at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction in January, with benefits going to the American Heart Association. If you just want to build a Camaro race car, the automaker points out that nearly all COPO Camaro components, from the body in white to crate engines, are available from your local Chevy dealer.