When this 1969 COPO Camaro L72 427/425 was born it was never advertised to the general public, nor was it well known among Chevy performance fanatics. In fact, the big block monster muscle car was never even imagined by Chevrolet. It was, indeed, the brain child of a performance minded Chevrolet Product Promotions manager named Vince Piggins. Today, these COPO Camaros are much coveted by muscle car collectors.
The 1969 COPO Camaro L72 427/425 offered here for sale by Legendary Motorcar Company, was sold new at Dutch Miller Chevrolet in Huntington, West Virginia on May 27th, 1969. Factory ordered in the desirable code 72 Hugger Orange paint with 711 Black interior this COPO is an eye-catching example. Open the hood and you will find the L72 427/425 hp COPO engine backed by a close ratio Muncie M21 4-speed transmission. This COPO is subtle in its appearance with color matched steel wheels and cowl induction hood. (Click here to view dozens of detailed photos and see dealer contact.) As most of these cars were purpose built, it has minimal options including AM radio and power disc brakes. With a very well-known ownership history, it was once part of Reggie Jackson’s collection and was also in Boyd Coddington’s personal collection.
Having received a complete no expense spared rotisserie nut and bolt restoration, the body of this vehicle was gone over from front to back, and top to bottom.. The paint has been wet sanded and polished to a glass-like shine. The subframe was also stripped and refinished in its factory style semi gloss black, and all chassis components were replaced and refinished in the correct style factory finishes. The underbody itself was also refinished with the factory style over spray and shows beautifully. Even the L72 427ci engine has been carefully detailed to “as-new” condition.
This car comes documented with the owner’s manual, dealer inspection, The COPO Connection verification and certificate as well as known ownership history.
COPO Camaro History
General Motors had a corporate policy against installing engines over 400 ci in anything but full-size cars and Corvettes. That frustrated many at Chevrolet, including Pete Estes, Chevrolet’s vice president, who understood the need for fast cars to feed the hunger for performance in the Baby Boom generation which was just coming of age. Chevrolet Product Promotions manager Vince Piggins found a way to circumvent the engine ban for certain buyers by using the Central Office Processing Order, or COPO, program. Normally reserved for fleet orders, Piggins was able to use COPO 9561 to get Camaros built on the factory assembly line equipped with the L72 427/425 horsepower special high-performance big block.
The racing community benefited from their association with Chevrolet. Racers such as Don Yenko, Dick Harrell, Smokey Yunick, Roger Penske, Jim Hall and Fred Gibb all knew the Chevrolet ordering system. Previous to 1969, you would have had to completely customize a Camaro to put a 427 ci big block Chevy motor in it. (Many, like Yenko, Harrell and Nickey Chevrolet, had to do it the hard way in previous years.) But in 1969, Piggins told them to use the Central Office Processing Order form to order their 427 Camaros right out of the factory.
You can’t imagine how that changed things for drag racing teams. With the L72 427 Turbo Jet 425 horsepower big block in a little Camaro, you could put the Muncie 4-speed in any gear and punch it through all four gears via a 12-bolt GM read end. All factory built. It saved so much build time for hot rod shops that they were taking orders on them to make them race ready.
Only about 1,015 COPO Camaros like this one were thought to have been built. This particular 1969 COPO Camaro L72 427/425 would be the perfect centerpiece of any muscle car collection. It has both pedigree and provenance. What more could you ask for?