Over 40 years ago, Chevrolet unleashed a pair of Camaros on the unsuspecting high performance world. One was a "mild" 427-425hp (L72) powered version, while the other was a take-no-prisoners, all-aluminum 427-430 (ZL1) engined job. Sixty-nine COPO 9560 ZL1-powered cars were constructed, along with more than two hundred of the iron engine COPO 9561s.
To suggest those Central Office Production Order Camaros rocked the establishment would be an understatement. Those were heady times. We thought we'd never see their likes again. Until now. As you're probably aware, Chevrolet is attempting to re-write the record books with 69 new COPO Camaros. This time around, it is building the cars in three different variants--a 427-425 (rated) horsepower naturally aspirated combination based upon the Corvette LS7, along with a pair of supercharged 327ci models, rated at 500 and 550 hp respectively.
All are off road use only and are targeted solely at the drag racing market. The 425 and 500 hp examples are destined for NHRA Stock Eliminator, while the 550-horse version goes right to the head of the class in NHRA Super Stock. These are full-on, turn-key racecars with certified cages designed to go head-to-head with Dodge Challenger Drag Packs and Ford's Cobra Jet Mustangs, which have the advantage of (in some cases) a nearly five-year head start in competition. It's like the '60s all over again.
Pricing is $89,000 for the N/A 427, $95,000 for the 327 with the small 2.9-liter blower, and $97,000 for the 327 with the 4-liter supercharger. As for classes, the 427 fits A/Stock and A/Stock Automatic; with allowable weight removed it also fits CC/Stock & CC/Stock Automatic. They also fit Super Stock classes SS/D and D/Automatic, along with SS/C, SS/CA, SS/D and SS/EA
The natural class for the 327/2.9 is AA/Stock and AA/Stock Automatic, but with weight removed, it fits AAA/Stock and AA/Stock Automatic; with weight added it can also fit BB/Stock & BB/Stock Automatic. They also fit Super Stock classes SS/B & B/Auto along with SS/A & SS/CA & SS/C and SS/CA. As for the 327/4.0 supercharger, it fits Super Stock classes only: SS/A, SSA/Automatic, and SS/AAA. To be competitive, they'll have to run a second or more under the established indexes, which range from 11.0 to 9.40. It's history in the making!