The COPO Camaro's
Yenko Chevrolet and COPO 9561
Perhaps the best know of the racing dealers is Don Yenko, from Cannonsberg, Pennsylvania. Wanting more performance than the
396 Camaro would give, Yenko Sportscars
created the Yenko Super Camaro by installing
the 427 cid 425 hp engine. Yenko had been building
Corvair Stingers, and some of the early Yenko Camaros had Corvair window stickers with the Camaro information typed in! These cars all had the special Yenko hood scoop and Yenko emblems. Most of these early Yenko Camaros went to Chicago,
where they were distributed by Span, Inc. for Yenko Sportscars. There were 54 Camaros built in '67, making this one of the rarest of Camaros. There are only 12 surviving cars known, and 9 of those are being raced or are in
very bad condition. The car pictured above
belongs to Jim Parks, and is the only know
'67 Yenko in showroom condition.
The Central Office Production Order (COPO) was a back door around
Chevrolet's performance limits. COPO 9561
was the factory 427 cid Camaro, with either
435hp and solid lifters in the 4-speeds or 425hp and hydraulic lifters in the autos, and COPO 9737 was the Sport Car Conversion Kit, consisting of E70X15 tires on Rally Wheels, a 140 mph speedometer, and a 1 inch front stabilizer bar. The first COPO 9561 cars were delivered to Yenko Chevrolet in January, 1969. Cars built through late May had a Stewart Warner 970 custom service tachometer with a special sending unit installed. Later cars received the factory tach. Your Yenko could be ordered with or without stripes and spoilers. The stripe package included "SYC" decals on the front
In 1969 the Yenco SYC could be
ordered with either the M22 4-speed or the
Turbohydramatic transmission for $4245.00, which was a bargain for all that performance! It is not known exactly how many Yenko Camaros were made in 1969. The best figure is either 199 or 201, depending on the source, and probably 201. Interestingly, there is a photo of Don Yenko
posing next to a transporter full of Camaros with a handwritten
note reading "Our 350th Camaro!" Some people have
interpreted this to mean that Yenko sold at least 350 Camaros in 69, but
there is no other evidence for this. We could add in the 54 cars from 1967
and the 68 cars from 1968 and that still only equals 323 cars.
Fred Gibb and the ZL1
Just as DonYenko and Dick Harrell were largely responsible for the COPO 9561 427 Camaros, Fred Gibb was the man behind COPO 9560, the aluminum block ZL1 427 Camaro. There were only 69 ZL1's built, and most went to racers. The cars carried a base price of over $7,200, of which $4160.15 was for the engine!
toyed with the idea of introducing the ZL1
as a regular producton option, and even
built two prototypes with special graphics, but decided against it. There just wasn't a market for
a $7,200 Camaro in 1969!