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Click above for a high-res gallery of the COPO Chevrolet collection at the 2009 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction

Way back in the day, things took place a bit differently. Exhibit A: Chevrolet's Central Office Production Order system, which allowed dealerships a back door around GM's officially-sanctioned packages and options. For instance, it was possible to order a Camaro right from the production line that featured an engine that was otherwise reserved for the range-topping Corvette. Perhaps the best-known of these unique products came from Yenko Chevrolet, and bidders at Barrett-Jackson had a very nice group of these rare machines to choose from.

First up was a 1981 Camaro Z/28 that sold for $79,200.00, which was followed by an LT-1-powered 1970 Nova "Deuce" that went for $110,000.00. The compact Nova was followed by three 1969 Camaros, the first of which was a COPO 9561 with the L72 427/425hp engine that sold for $132,000, which actually strikes us as a pretty good deal. Next up was a COPO 9560 with the famed aluminum 427 ZL-1 engine, which sold for $319,000. Lastly, another COPO 9561 hit the block, though this one's status as 1 of 3 that was sold specifically for drag racing in the NHRA helped it earn $297,000.

  • Lot #1278, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko COPO. 1 of 3 Camaros personally sold by Don Yenko for use in NHRA Drag Racing and the only know survivor. Daytona Yellow with an automatic, power steering, Hurst shifter and black vinyl roof. A highly documented car with Don Yenko-signed Yenko Chevy paperwork.
  • Lot #1278, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko COPO. 1 of 3 Camaros personally sold by Don Yenko for use in NHRA Drag Racing and the only know survivor. Daytona Yellow with an automatic, power steering, Hurst shifter and black vinyl roof. A highly documented car with Don Yenko-signed Yenko Chevy paperwork.
  • Lot #1278, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko COPO. 1 of 3 Camaros personally sold by Don Yenko for use in NHRA Drag Racing and the only know survivor. Daytona Yellow with an automatic, power steering, Hurst shifter and black vinyl roof. A highly documented car with Don Yenko-signed Yenko Chevy paperwork.
  • Lot #1276, 1981 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Yenko. #10 of only 19 produced and 100% original. Recipient of the Don Yenko Memorial Award and the only Z with a cigarette lighter. Documented in the Yenko Turbo Z Registry and has all the paperwork including the Window Sticker and Yenko dealer invoice.
  • Lot #1276, 1981 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Yenko. #10 of only 19 produced and 100% original. Recipient of the Don Yenko Memorial Award and the only Z with a cigarette lighter. Documented in the Yenko Turbo Z Registry and has all the paperwork including the Window Sticker and Yenko dealer invoice.
  • Lot #1276, 1981 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Yenko. #10 of only 19 produced and 100% original. Recipient of the Don Yenko Memorial Award and the only Z with a cigarette lighter. Documented in the Yenko Turbo Z Registry and has all the paperwork including the Window Sticker and Yenko dealer invoice.
  • Lot #1276.1, 1970 Chevrolet Nova Yenko. 1 of 175 built and 1 of 25 with a silver exterior. Features the correct Z/28 Camaro LT1 350/360hp V8 with Muncie 4-speed, F41 suspension and a 12-bolt 4.10 posi rear. Documented with Yenko Inventory List, COPO Connection Cert and a portion of Build Sheet.
  • Lot #1276.1, 1970 Chevrolet Nova Yenko. 1 of 175 built and 1 of 25 with a silver exterior. Features the correct Z/28 Camaro LT1 350/360hp V8 with Muncie 4-speed, F41 suspension and a 12-bolt 4.10 posi rear. Documented with Yenko Inventory List, COPO Connection Cert and a portion of Build Sheet.
  • Lot #1276.1, 1970 Chevrolet Nova Yenko. 1 of 175 built and 1 of 25 with a silver exterior. Features the correct Z/28 Camaro LT1 350/360hp V8 with Muncie 4-speed, F41 suspension and a 12-bolt 4.10 posi rear. Documented with Yenko Inventory List, COPO Connection Cert and a portion of Build Sheet.
  • Lot #1276.1, 1970 Chevrolet Nova Yenko. 1 of 175 built and 1 of 25 with a silver exterior. Features the correct Z/28 Camaro LT1 350/360hp V8 with Muncie 4-speed, F41 suspension and a 12-bolt 4.10 posi rear. Documented with Yenko Inventory List, COPO Connection Cert and a portion of Build Sheet.
  • Lot #1277, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko COPO. 1 of 30 built with the 427/425hp engine with an automatic in Fathom Green. A limited production car equipped with a L72 engine, special hood, dual exhaust system, special suspension, 140mph speedo and larger stabilizer bar. A 10-time show winner.
  • Lot #1277, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko COPO. 1 of 30 built with the 427/425hp engine with an automatic in Fathom Green. A limited production car equipped with a L72 engine, special hood, dual exhaust system, special suspension, 140mph speedo and larger stabilizer bar. A 10-time show winner.
  • Lot #1277, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko COPO. 1 of 30 built with the 427/425hp engine with an automatic in Fathom Green. A limited production car equipped with a L72 engine, special hood, dual exhaust system, special suspension, 140mph speedo and larger stabilizer bar. A 10-time show winner.
  • Lot #1277, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko COPO. 1 of 30 built with the 427/425hp engine with an automatic in Fathom Green. A limited production car equipped with a L72 engine, special hood, dual exhaust system, special suspension, 140mph speedo and larger stabilizer bar. A 10-time show winner.
  • Lot #1277.1, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro ZL-1 COPO. 1 of 50 built under COPO 9560 to qualify for NHRA. 1 of 10 in Fathom Green. Features an aluminum 427 ZL-1 engine, special ducted hood, heavy duty radiator, springs and 4.10 posi rear. Documented with paperwork from GM, Fred Gibb Chevy and COPO Connection.
  • 1 of 50 built under COPO 9560 to qualify for NHRA. 1 of 10 in Fathom Green. Features an aluminum 427 ZL-1 engine, special ducted hood, heavy duty radiator, springs and 4.10 posi rear. Documented with paperwork from GM, Fred Gibb Chevy and COPO Connection.
  • 1 of 50 built under COPO 9560 to qualify for NHRA. 1 of 10 in Fathom Green. Features an aluminum 427 ZL-1 engine, special ducted hood, heavy duty radiator, springs and 4.10 posi rear. Documented with paperwork from GM, Fred Gibb Chevy and COPO Connection.


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      Loving that Nova