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Chevrolet COPO Camaro: Future Collectible

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  • COPO Camaro destined to become a future collectible
  • Just 69 units built, each priced from $86,000
  • Each COPO features roll cage, other drag racing goodies

If you talk about modern cars that will turn into collectibles, many well-known luxury names come up: Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini. But what about Chevrolet

First shown at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, the Chevrolet COPO Camaro is likely to become a collector's item someday, despite its humble beginnings as a simple Chevrolet Camaro Coupe. The reason is that it's a high-performance drag-racing master, tuned specifically to compete at National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) drag events. It's also that each COPO Camaro is one of just a handful in the world. 

To create a COPO Camaro, Chevrolet took a standard 2013 model and made a few changes. OK, it's more than a few: There's a choice of three engines, reaching as high as 425 horsepower. The most powerful engine is a 7.0L (427 cu. in.) V8. A choice of two smaller displacement V8s are also available. One is a 396 rated at 375 hp, the other is a 350 rated at 325 hp. There's also a roll cage and other NHRA safety equipment; and there's a racing chassis with purpose-built suspension components. There's even a set of Hoosier racing tires built specifically for drag racing. 

2013 sees a few updates for the purpose-built, race-ready Camaro. There's a new "Heritage" grille, new exterior graphics feature the engine size, revised carpet and switches inside, a dedicated racing wire harness, updated front springs, manual transmission and a transmission cooler integrated into the radiator.

And what doesn't the COPO Camaro have? A VIN number, for one thing, since it isn't street legal thanks to its long list of high-performance racing modifications. Instead, it's purpose-built for drivers to compete in the NHRA Stock Eliminator or Super Stock classes, where it can run the quarter mile in under 10 seconds. That's a mean feat usually reserved for high-performance exotics and heavily modified tuner cars. 

The COPO Camaro's unique features and high performance certainly combine to make it a future collectible. But its limited production also plays a major role. Chevrolet says that just 69 COPO 2013 Camaro units were built, recalling the original COPO Camaro, which was a 1969 model. Back then, COPO stood for "Central Office Production Order," a special-order system Chevrolet dealers used to create high-performance Camaro models. 

While the COPO Camaro started around $86,000, we strongly believe its value will one day climb. For proof, look no further than the original COPO Camaro, which sometimes sends bidders well above $200,000 at auction. The latest COPO offers a similar thrill and boasts a similar purpose, but with production limited even further. 

Oh, and if you're a serious collector, you might want to look for the Engine Collector's Package that includes all three engines with one of them installed. Each engine has a serial number to match the car. 

What it means to you: The Chevrolet COPO Camaro is a purpose-built race car that may skyrocket in value one day.

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