1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 COPO Coupe

In 1969, Chevy performance guru Vince Piggins took direct aim at NHRA’s Super Stock and Pro Stock classes. His weapon of choice was the all-aluminum; big-block powered ZL-1 Camaro. Sixty-nine cars were built, four of which were finished in Dover White. This is production number 53, the only Dover White ZL-1 equipped with the M22 “Rock Crusher” 4-speed.

The car was titled only once—to COPO guru Ed Cunneen. It was raced in NHRA Pro Stock in 1969-70 and was an NHRA record holder. It has also been in the collections of Floyd Garrett and Robert Lyle. Restored by Floyd Garrett at his famous museum, the car is correctly finished throughout, including a correct ZL-1 replacement block, Cowl Induction hood, heavy duty 4-core radiator with curved neck, transistorized ignition, 4.10 Positraction rear end and chambered exhaust. It runs and drives as new—and remains one of the most thrilling machines ever produced by Chevrolet.

The specs:
•     COPO 9560 ZL-1 Camaro
•     #53 of 69 built, plus two prototypes
•     Dover White with standard black interior
•     M22 Rock Crusher close-ratio transmission
•     COPO 9560 options, including functional cowl hood, HD 4-core radiator with curved neck, transistorized ignition and Hi Performance rear end
•     Drag raced since 1969
•     Correct replacement ZL-1 block
•     Period photos
•     ET time slips from drag strip
•     Chambered exhaust system
•     Runs and drives as well as any new ZL-1 Camaro
•     Formerly from the Floyd Garret Muscle Car Museum

Dale Novak

Dale Novak - SCM Contributor

Dale started his love of cars by collecting Hot Wheels as a child. His first car was a dead 1970 Dodge Challenger 440 R/T, acquired for the princely sum of $500. He’s been buying, selling, restoring, collecting and otherwise obsessing over classic cars ever since. Dale serves as the voice of Auctions America as well as Tom Mack and Carlisle Auctions. He also serves as a Contributor and Senior Auction Analyst for SCM and ACC. Dale’s collection includes a 1966 Sunbeam Tiger, a “Mister Norm’s” 1970 Dodge Challenger 440 R/T and an ultra-rare 1940 Plymouth convertible (to name a few). When he’s not immersed in the world of classic cars, Dale applies his talents as a seasoned marketing and advertising consultant.

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