Back at the 2012 SEMA event in Las Vegas, Chevrolet unveiled the car you see above, a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Convertible. Actually, that's not quite accurate – this car is THE 2012 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Convertible. As in, the only one ever sold. There was one more produced, but it's not leaving the GM Heritage Center any time soon. This one was just sold at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale for $400,000 exactly.

That sum will be donated to the American Heart Association, and the winner will take home this Inferno Orange Metallic COPO, complete with a 327-cubic-inch V8 topped by a 4.0-liter supercharger. The engine sends 550 horsepower to the rear drag slicks through a three-speed Powerglide automatic transmission. Perfect for a run down the quarter mile, top-down style.

Check out our high-res image gallery from the block at Barrett-Jackson above, and don't forget to watch a video of the COPO being auctioned below, along with the car's official auction description. And don't forget to play along with the crowd at the Hagerty Fantasy Bid game online for a chance to win a custom 2013 Shelby GT500.


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Barrett-Jackson Lot: 3014 - 2012 CHEVROLET CAMARO COPO CONVERTIBLE

This is a rare opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind high performance vehicle. The 2012 COPO Camaro Convertible on auction is #69 of 69 2012 COPO Camaros produced. It is one of only two convertibles made, the other will be kept at the GM Heritage Center. And, this is the only one made in Inferno Orange Metallic. COPO is an acronym for General Motor's Central Office Production Order, a special order system that was used by dealers in the 1960s. A few performance-minded dealers manipulated the system to order vehicles with larger engines. Some were able to get 427cid big block engines installed in a handful of 1969 Camaros. The 2012 COPO Camaro was first shown as a concept at SEMA. The overwhelming response shaped GM's decision to produce a limited number for 2012, making it Chevrolet's first purpose-built drag-racing specialty car. It has a supercharged, LSX-based 327 (5.3 Liter) V8 featuring a 4.0 Liter supercharger, rated at 550hp, matched with a Powerglide three-speed automatic transmission. The engine for this model was hand built by GM's Jim Campbell at the Performance Build Center in Wixom, Michigan. The inside of this COPO Camaro is also Inferno Orange. There is room for one lucky passenger, with two racing bucket seats. The driver can strap in with a safety harness and grab onto the competition floor shifter for the exhilarating ride. One hundred percent of the winning bid will benefit the American Heart Association, whose mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. **ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION** **WILL BE SOLD AT APPROXIMATELY 2:00PM ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2013** **SOLD ON BILL OF SALE ONLY**


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      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      Either this car will never be driven in a manner requiring drag slicks **or** it will be driven in a manner requiring drag slicks and will be obscenely deadly in covertible style.
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        @Drakkon
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      Karfreek
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sad, as its not even close to what the real COPO cars were. More proof that GM has lost touch with its past and lost its way.
        ponycargt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Karfreek
        No, GM being too in touch with their past is why they are lost...Engineering, styling and building cars as if they still had a captive domestic audience is why they have fallen behind
          Titansfan1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ponycargt
          You cannot buy that car it was a special production car that was sweepstakes to numbers pulled payed 90,000 dollars for the rare camaro.
        rlhmarines
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Karfreek
        COPO's was always destined to be drag race special cars that bypassed the regular production restraints that GM put on it's divisions back in the day restricting big cubic inch V8's in anything outside of the big full-size (impala) and intermediates (chevelle) during the 60's. This new Camaro convertible COPO is not street legal, no VIN# just a serial#. These are for drag racers only just like fords mustang cobra jet drag cars and dodge's drag pack challenger that all of the big 3 Detroit automakers are now making. They are staying true to their past history by only making 69 COPO's each year for '12 and '13.
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      BombSquad
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think the bid is generous and the cause is great. But did anyone check out the gallery and see how ungainly this thing is? From the side it looks so misproportioned! I get the pro street look and the COPO connection but it's not working for this car.
      Perry Harrington
      • 1 Year Ago
      3 Speed Powerglide??? Either some not-so-clever badge engineering, or ignorance from "car guys".
        72CJ5driver
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Perry Harrington
        if you read here from the original release when the car was introduced: http://www.autoblog.com/2012/10/30/2012-chevrolet-copo-camaro-convertible-is-an-inferno-orange-char/ It says it has a TH400, which is unique to the 'vert. I'm assuming that standard hardtop COPO's come with a 2-speed powerglide.
        Edward
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Perry Harrington
        Welcome to 1955. Pushrods and a two speed automatic. Oversize, overweight committee produced whale.
        l9t8z
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Perry Harrington
        proofread proofread proofread haha
      ngiotta
      • 1 Year Ago
      Some sucker paid $200k more for (a lot) less power than the one-off GT500? Yikes. Someone got owned.
        whatever
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ngiotta
        This IS a one-off... "As in, the only one ever sold"
      MikeyCali
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm sure it's fast, and that is obviously the intention. Unfortunately, when they try use, or try to make the car look like a production car, it ends up very ugly. The aggressive lines of the Camaro are lost with the huge hood and the fat side-walled tires and small wheels. I'm sure it is fun to take to the track and is fast, but sure doesn't look fast (and the intention here is obviously not the "wolf with sheep's clothing").
      audisp0rta4
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thank you SPEED for editing out all of the engine sounds from the introductory clip, as well as the car pulling up onto the stage. Everyone outside of the tents at Barrett Jackson would much rather hear the cheesy sounding rock sample instead. Sigh...
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