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Truly A Collector’s Muscle Car

COPO Camaro

In 2019, Chevrolet announced a special COPO Camaro 50th Anniversary Edition at the SEMA show that year. The package came exclusively with a Blue Metallic exterior, meant to pay homage to the original Laguna Blue offered in 1969. Under the hood, a 50th Anniversary Engine Appearance Package was meant to ape the looks of vintage Chevy performance engines, with an orange engine block, chrome valve covers and a black high-rise intake manifold.

Just like every year since the COPO Camaro program was resurrected back in 2012, only 69 examples are built. And of course not all of them came with the 50th Anniversary package in 2019, simply based on buyer preferences. Mixing things up even more was the choice of three engines; a supercharged 350 cubic-inch (5.7L) small block V8, a 302 cubic-inch (5.0L) small block V8, and an all-motor 427 cubic-inch (7.0L) small block V8. Typically, these NHRA Stock Eliminator class race cars can clock an elapsed quarter-mile time in the 8-second range. They’re faster than the Dodge Demon, to be sure, but then again, these muscle cars not street legal.

It’s very rare to find such a vehicle on the market. But wouldn’t you know it? There is one. What you see before you is 2019 COPO Camaro no. 55 of 69, and it comes with all of the heritage pack fixings. Under the hood is the 427 cubic-inch V8, the same displacement as the original 1969 COPO Camaro, and on the outside is the throwback 50th Anniversary Edition package.

This 2019 Chevrolet COPO Camaro 50th Anniversary Edition also features the ‘Racer Package’, which comes with a parachute, dual batteries, and weight box. The car itself has never once seen the track, and has zero miles on the odometer. In fact, it’s still in the factory wrapping.

Those looking to take this prized pony home will have to shell out $147,500 for the privilege. If that sounds like you, be sure to check the contact info on its listing.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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