1968 Chevrolet Camaro COPO: Jay Leno Test Drives Tim Allen’s New Car

Watch as the famous comedians take this first-generation F-body for a spin in California

Nikolas Kolenich Jan 22, 2014 0 Comment(s)

As huge fans of first-generation F-bodies, it should come as no surprise that we’re ecstatic to hear Tim Allen is the owner of a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro 427ci COPO. We reported a few months back about Classic Industries’ project car for Allen, which displayed at the 2013 SEMA show. Today, we’re here telling you just how impressive the end result turned out. On an episode of “Jay’s Garage,” we get the opportunity to see the COPO in action on the winding roads of Southern California with Allen and Leno. With the windows down, rowing gears, on a typical So Cal day, we see the car in action.

1968 Chevrolet Camaro 427 Copo Rear 3 Quarter Driver Side 1/19
1968 Chevrolet Camaro Copo Tim Allen Jay Leno Inside Car 8/19

Of course, Allen is no stranger to the automotive world and carries a serious list of currently and previously owned vehicles that would make any aficionado green with envy. His vision for this particular 1968 Camaro was influenced by days racing on Woodward Ave. in Detroit, Michigan and so it was vitally important to get the look just right. Thankfully, with the help of OER restoration parts, the Classic Industries team along with Allen prepped this Camaro with period correct bumpers, window glass, and ever the rear lamp lenses and bezels to solidify the look. What’s more, the fenders were flared and the drip rails were even shaved for that clean and neat appeal with an aggressive stance.

1968 Chevrolet Camaro 427 Copo Front Engine Bay 9/19

That’s not all either. Allen’s Camaro was stiffened with a complete Detroit Speed Inc. suspension and complimented with a set of Brembo binders front to rear. With a set of Brembo 14-inch brakes at all four corners, six-piston up front, four-piston in the rear Leno even notes how sure-footed this Camaro feels. Not stopping there, a custom set of Wheel Vintiques Vintage Rallye 66 wheels were constructed to clear the calipers. That said, those wheels are probably the most attractive set of OEM Plus style hoops we’ve seen in a long time.

1968 Chevrolet Camaro Copo Tim Allen Jay Leno Driving Front 3 Quarter Driver Side Wheel 16/19

The icing on this cake, however, is what powers this Camaro. For Allen, more power is always just around the corner. GM Performance was called in and they happily stuffed the Camaro with their LS7 crate engine, which churns out 505 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Allen’s all-new 1968 Chevy COPO Camaro is both classic and modern at the same time. Yes, more than adequate but a serious car deserves some serious power.

1968 Chevrolet Camaro Copo Tim Allen Jay Leno Driving Inside Car Smiling 17/19

We heavily recommend you give the episode the full run it deserves. Tim Allen’s 1968 Chevy Camaro packs a mean punch, just watch as the Hollywood movie star lights-up the tires at the end of the episode. The ‘68 COPO is one cool ride.

1968 Chevrolet Camaro Copo Tim Allen Jay Leno Driving Rear 3 Quarter Driver Side Burnout 18/19

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