• Dec 31, 2010

The COPO Camaros are back (sorta) – Click above for image gallery

There was a time when dealers utilized General Motors' Central Office Production Order to the fullest, giving us some truly terrific muscle car options. By judiciously picking hi-po OEM performance parts to augment some already formidable performers, COPO Chevrolet Camaros from the late '60s put a few dealers on the national map, and today, we know about Berger, Nickey and, of course, Yenko. Well... the Camaro is certainly back, but where are the modern COPO versions? If you live near Albany, New York or Claxton and Jessup, Georgia then the cars are right down the street at your local dealerships.

DeNooyer Chevrolet of Albany has dipped into GM's Performance Parts catalog and come out with an LSX454 engine. After stuffing it into a Camaro, they know have a 620-horsepower coupe prowling their lot. In Georgia, NeSmith Chevrolet also took a look into the catalog and put in an order for supercharged LS9 normally found in a Corvette ZR1. Their NeSmith Storm Camaro puts out nearly 700 horses. In other words, the COPO is back! Check out our gallery below and then hop the jump to see video clips of both cars. Thanks for the tip, Tony!

[Source: The Detroit News | Image: DeNooyer Performance Division]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Re:: That One Person:

      Those two engines were never certified for highway use by the manufacturer. It does not matter if a State does not have emissions laws, this is a FEDERAL LAW. Specifically, EPA and the Clean Air Act of 1990.

      Those engines are sold and legal as an "over the counter" package for use and installation in older cars. But a brand new car, not even close.

      Did those dealers get the configurations certified? I cannot seem to find any information to show they have.

      On another note, legal or not, who is going to carry the warranty on that car?


      From GM Performance Parts Catalog

      The LS9 Supercharger kit includes:

      Ø Intake Manifold Assembly

      Ø Supercharger

      Ø Throttle Body

      Ø Fuel Injectors and Harness

      Ø Supercharger Cover/Intercooler

      Ø Intake Manifold Gasket


      GM Performance Parts Warranty does not apply for this part, it is considered a racing part.

      This part is being sold for Off-Highway application only. Since the installation of this part may either impair your vehicle emission control performance or be uncertified under the current motor vehicle safety standards, it should not be installed in a vehicle used on any street or highway. Additionally, any such application could adversely affect the warranty coverage on an on-street or highway vehicle.

      • 4 Years Ago
      I live in the same city DeNooyer is in, and I am surprised! I hope DeNooyer knows about this!
      • 4 Years Ago
      What the hell hath Ford & Shelby brought forth ? They have caused all of this !
      Its called "Cashing In" baby !
      Something about a fool & his money me thinks !
      • 4 Years Ago
      Holy lack of traction, Batman! That NeSmith Camaro couldn't get off the line to save its life!
        • 4 Years Ago
        With 700hp I would say yes but I have a feeling that burnout (near the beginning) might have been more show.

        Anyways, I would be happy with 500hp. Probably a lot more useful.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like the DeNooyer white/blue one. It has the blown 7L (427), and by the tag perhaps it puts out 750? Although the Nesmith body kit makes it seem longer and meaner.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like both! And when they fix that dashboard (the two giant gauge housings) I'll get the black one! OMG I wish the interior wasn't like that! --- sniffle... sniffle...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if there is a warranty for the tires.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like some good research on the legality front. Even if they did meet federal regulations a lot of states are so strict that this car wouldn't meet theirs. Some Southern States might get away with it, until their populations get too high, but getting anything CARB certified in California pretty much makes cars like this impossible to legally own to drive on the street. Granted, some rural states get away with driving cars that spew smoke out the tailpipes so if you live in one of those areas you're alright. Granted, the car would cost more than some of their homes. Just don't come after my tax money if you buy one and can't afford it. Ha.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The NeSmith Storm Camaro Package:

      2010-2011 Chevrolet Camaro 1 or 2 SS
      Base Storm Transformation Package:
      GM Performance Parts LS9 crate (same hand built engine for the ZR1)
      GM Performance Parts LS9 drive system
      GM Service Parts Operations parts as required
      Custom parts required for supercharger cooling and dry sump system
      Transmission updates and Hurst short shifter
      Bear 15" six piston brake system all wheels
      High flow exhaust with cats and o2 sensors
      Pfadt springs, links, and sway
      1000HP axle upgrade
      Custom fuel system upgrade
      Custom tuning

      The warranty:
      3 year 36,000 mile NeSmith-GM Performance Parts Powertrain
      3 year 36,000 mile GM basic

      Steve Gordon 912-739-5305

      • 4 Years Ago
      Are you buying two engines or does the 427 get installed at the factory.......?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Are you sure about that? Installing the new engines on the assembly line would require new emissions certification, crash testing, etc. Unless these are going to become new production options, the cost for the certification for one vehicle would be immense - you'd crash more than you sold.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Also, the Autoblog commenting feature is sometimes incredibly annoying.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is installed from the factory
        • 4 Years Ago
        Are you sure about that? If the new options were installed on the assembly line, the vehicle would have to be certified for emissions, crash testing, etc. Unless the engines are going to become new factory options with some sales volume, the cost would make a single car outrageously expensive as a factory model.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey Autoblog - Berger is still producing their own COPO specials. I had beers with them a couple of weeks ago. They're still putting them out.
      • 4 Years Ago
      MOST of the COPO dealer cars in this area have a 36 month warranty.
      it's fun burning treads when you don't have potholes to worry about.
      they all seem to be having fun = probably something no darn politician
      enjoys seeing citizens doing.
      i like 'em both.
      the NeSmith car seemed tire restrained. and it also
      seemed to have startup bog down or something strange
      going on before it hooked up and went.
      • 4 Years Ago
      funny how time warps.
      in 1970 i saw a then brand new 454 'Heavy' Chevelle in my local dealers lot.
      it had the same in your face hot orange and white racing stripe paint job.
      you put them side by side and they'd be FAMILY...
      that car was loud and seriously under tired.
      this one looks louder and may be under tired.
      love to run it and see....

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