The 2012 COPO Camaro Convertible debuts at SEMA, 69 more coming for 2013
When General Motors announced that they would be producing the COPO Camaro for the 2012 model year following a very successful debut of the COPO Camaro Concept at the 2011 SEMA Show, the automaker planned to build 69 examples of this race ready (and non street legal) factory package. This number was picked to commemorate the 1969 model year in which the very first COPO Camaro was sold and as the 2012 model year production run for the Camaro came to an end at the company’s Oshawa Ontario plant - it came time for GM to built COPO Camaro #69. While every COPO Camaro is special in its own right, GM wanted to make the final COPO model for 2012 extra special so they opted to build this factory race car as a convertible rather than relying on the coupe format used for 67 of the first 68 examples. COPO Camaro #68 is also a convertible but that race car has been earmarked not to be offered for public consumption as GM plans to save that for their own historical collection.
2012 COPO Camaro #69 is powered by the 327 cubic inch V8 engine option fitted with the 4.0L Whipple supercharger so not only is this the most unique COPO Camaro - it is also one of the most powerful in stock form with only 20 of the COPO cars being sold with this configuration. This engine sends 550 horsepower (per NHRA rules) to the rear wheels via a GM 3-speed Turbo 400 automatic transmission (the only COPO Camaro with this transmission) with a solid rear axle helping to make the most of all of that power which is enough to rocket this topless Camaro down the quarter mile in the 8 second range.
Adding to the exclusivity of 2012 COPO Camaro #69 is the striking Inferno Metallic paint which is unique to this particular race car along with the special COPO #69 striping package shown in the gallery on the right (click any thumbnail for a closer look). For those wondering, the metallic orange COPO Camaro Convertible does come with a fully functional motorized convertible top which is required for entry in NHRA stock and super stock convertible classes as - unfortunately - anyone who takes this car down the quarter mile at a sanctioned event with have to do so with the top in the upright and locked position.
The 2012 COPO Camaro Convertible will likely hit a few auto shows and other events around the country before heading to the Barrett Jackson Auto Auction in January with the proceeds going to benefit the American Heart Association.
"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.”