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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 • The only book on the market exclusively dedicated to the COPO muscle cars • The book provides insightful and unpublished historical details of the COPO Camaro, Chevelle, Nova, and others • Profiles of COPO cars and owners deliver a unique perspective of equipment packages and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
Condition: BOOK IS NEW BUT HAS A SLIGHT TEAR ON DUSTJACKET
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
Dimensions: 10 x 10”