The COPO Camaros, Chevelles, and Novas of the 1960s and early 1970s were
the ultimate high-performance GM muscle cars. While few knew about this
back channel program at the time, it is now recognized as the origin of
GM’s top muscle cars. Dedicated Chevy racers and car owners were
determined to compete head-tohead with Mopar and Ford at the racetrack
and on the street. But in order to do so, they needed to circumvent the
corporate ban on racing and resolve the restriction of 400-ci engines in
intermediate vehicles. Don Yenko and some other creative individuals
recognized the loophole in the COPO (Central Office Production Order)
system at General Motors. The COPO program was designated for fleet
vehicles such as taxicabs, but at the peak of the muscle car wars it was
used to build the ultimate highperformance Chevy muscle cars.
Some horrific on-track accidents compelled General Motors to drop out of
racing, yet GM did not want to allow Chrysler and Ford to steal the
glory on Sundays while they stood on the sidelines. As a result, GM
inconspicuously ran the Chevy racing and high-performance program
through back channels, and COPO was integral part of the program.
Chevy muscle car aficionado and author Matt Avery retraces this special
muscle car history of the COPO program and the creation of these premier
muscle cars. He has scoured archives and tracked down owners and
personnel involved in the program to deliver a comprehensive story and
complete guide to the COPO cars.
• The only book on the market exclusively dedicated to the COPO muscle
• The book provides insightful and unpublished historical details of the
COPO Camaro, Chevelle, Nova, and others
• Profiles of COPO cars and owners deliver a unique perspective of
equipment packages and modifications done to various cars
Author: Matt Avery
Author Bio: Matt Avery is passionate about everything automotive,and he has written about American muscle cars, foreigncar, sports cars, trucks, and nearly everything on fourwheels. He regularly writes for the website Classic Recollectionsand contributes a column to the Chicago DailyHerald. He is also a videographer and produces automotivevideo segments in the field for Cars.com.
Binding Type: Hardcover
Illustrations: 400 photos
Printing Status: In Print
Country Made: NA