Last we heard, Chevrolet was bringing back its drag-prepped COPO Camaro for the 2013 model year. Now, we have a little more information on what it takes to snag one.
Let’s start with the quantity: as was the case in 2012, Chevrolet is only building 69 Copo Camaros for 2013. That number isn’t based on demand (last year, nearly 3000 customers expressed interest in one), but history – only 69 Camaro ZL1 COPOs were built way back in 1969, so Chevy sees fit to lock the modern-era COPO to the same volume. Like last year, each car is purpose-built to meet the NHRA’s Stock Eliminator or Super Stock categories, is stripped of most interior trim (including the rear seat), given a solid rear axle and roll cage, and is available in five colors. Since it’s technically a purpose-built race machine, modern COPO Camaros do not carry vehicle identification numbers (VINs). 2013 models also gain a new grille (which looks a bit like a '69 Camaro RS) and revised hood striping, which calls out what engine lurks underhood.
Buyers will again have their choice of three engines, but only one – a naturally-aspirated 7.0-liter V-8 – is carried over for the 2013 COPO Camaro. In lieu of the two supercharged 5.3-liters offered in 2012, the 2013 COPO Camaro is available with a naturally aspirated 5.3-liter V-8 with 325 horsepower, or a 6.5-liter V-8 with 375 horsepower. A race-prepped Powerglide automatic transmission remains standard, but buyers can now opt for a four-speed manual if so desired.
Pricing, Chevrolet says, starts at $86,000, although it hasn’t detailed pricing information for various engine options. So, how do you order one? Well, unless you’ve already raised your hand, chances are you probably can’t. Chevrolet asked interested buyers to submit their information online, but it sounds as if that application process ended yesterday. Chevy is again having a third-party organization randomly select 69 customers from that total, and will notify the lucky “winners” beginning on Monday. From there, they’ll consult a representative to spec out the car, find a preferred dealer, and then be given a COPO purchase certificate to present to the dealer, allowing them to actually order the COPO Camaro.
Sound convoluted? It is. But even with this weird system in place, rest assured the 2013 COPO Camaro will sell out as quickly as it rockets through the quarter-mile strip.