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Wednesday 7 December 2016
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Chevy Will Auction Off First 2016 COPO Camaro

Chevy Will Auction Off First 2016 COPO Camaro

The first limited edition 2016 Chevrolet COPO Camaro will hit the auction block this Friday with proceeds benefiting the United Way.

Chevy unveiled the sixth-generation track-ready Camaro back in November at SEMA. It’s a race car for the drag strip and Chevy only plans to build 69 of them. (If you’re interested in one of them, check out the registration site. Note, the race car can’t be registered, titled, licensed, or driven on public roads or highways.)

The first of the models will go up for auction at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale this Friday with the serial number 2016COPO001. Courtney Force, NHRA Camaro Funny Car Driver, joined the Chevy design team to help with this special model. It uses the new 2016 Camaro as its base and is falls into the NHRA’s Stock and Super Stock Eliminator classes.

It’s powered by a 350 racing engine with a 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger. The exterior gets ‘Red Hot’ paint with Force’s signature graphic design and red-accents on the grille. The back gets funny with wheelie bars and a parachute.

Inside, you find lightweight racing bucket seats with the COPO logo and Force’s signature. Since it’s built for racing, it follows that there is also a five-point safety harnesses along with floor-mounted shifters, and racing gauges with a competition switch in the instrument panel. An NHRA-certified chrome-moly roll cage rounds out the track ready safety.  

Each of the 69 production models is built by hand. They get special adjustable strut-type front suspension, un-assisted rack-and pinion steering, fuel cell with built-in high pressure fuel pump, and unique racing wire harness. The rear axle uses an aluminum center section with spool-type differential and 40-spline gun-drilled axle shafts as well as four-link rear suspension with adjustable coil-overs, Panhard bar and stabilizer bar.

The other limited COPO models offer drivers the choice of a 350 5.7-liter engine, a naturally aspirated 427 7.0-liter engine, and an all-new LT-based 376 6.2-liter engine. Each is paired to a racing-prepped Turbo 400 three-speed automatic transmission.

The number one COPO Camaro arrives at the block at around 7 p.m. EDT Friday the 29th. Get ready to head out to the Barrett-Jackson Auction to hold your hand up for the ultimate Camaro Funny Car. 

Photo Credit: Chevrolet