COPO Clone: 1969 Camaro

Josh MortensenBy Josh Mortensen

Alright, so it isn’t a real COPO Camaro, but this clone looks to be about as close to the real deal as you can get. The seller has known about this car for the past 25 years or so, as it belonged to a friend. It was built into a COPO clone sometime in the early ’80s with a date correct 427 and an M22 transmission. After spending the past couple decades in a hay barn, it’s going to need some work. The seller was able to get it running and driving, but there is some rust and body damage to be fixed. Find this Camaro here on eBay in Naples, Florida.

The seller wet sanded the exterior, which revealed some problem areas. I don’t see anything too serious, other than the damage to the rear valance. It’s obviously going to need a fresh paint job to look its best, but it does have a cool look to it right now. My biggest concern actually isn’t the cosmetics, but what rust might be hiding underneath. The trunk floor looks to have lots of pinholes, so it will definitely need to be replaced. And if it is rusty, I imagine the rest of the floors have rust. You can get all the metal to fix it easily enough, but it will still take lots of work and money to fix.

Here is the 427 V8! That’s a lot engine for a Camaro, but that’s what makes it so much fun. Real COPO Camaros fetch crazy money these days, so well done clones are somewhat desirable. Obviously, a car like this won’t ever be worth what a real one is worth. Personally, I’d rather have a clone that I can drive on the street everyday, than the real thing and be scared to even drive it around the block.

While it is a running and driving car, the seller admits it will need work to be a nice driver. It sure would be cool to hit the road in a ’69 Camaro with a big block under the hood! For the right price, I would love to have it. That is if the floors aren’t too far gone and there isn’t any structural rust. Given as much power as the 427 is capable of putting out, I would want to make sure the car is sound and safe before going anywhere in it. If it is, it would be a fun driver that you wouldn’t have be scared of scratching up a little!

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  1. 68 custom

    17k is more than it is worth to me but good luck to the seller!

  2. Angrymike

    I’m here to tell you, that bad boy is fast !
    I had a 1970 Camaro SS clone with a M21 that was one fast car !

  3. Ohio Rick

    …and I had this and sold it! Yup. It’s a real one.

  4. doug6423

    I don’t know why you think the floor would be expensive to repair…
    POR-15 on one side and undercoat the other side. 🙂 LMAO

  5. Paul

    How long ago did you sell it Rick?

    • Ohio Rick

      Mid-80s. Wanted a 63 Vette and bought one with, as it turned out, a bad frame from “a good friend.” On the plus side, I got $13k for the Yenko. With 22k on the odometer. Every morning I get up and kick myself firmly in the butt for that move.

  6. RoughDiamond

    @Ohio Rick-my sincere empathy. We’ve all sold some we wish we could turn back the clock on and never had taken the cash/check and signed the title to. I was never fortunate enough in my lifetime though to own a supercar like your ’69 Camaro Yenko S/C and for me the words of Carole King “It’s too late baby now it’s too late” are certainly fitting.

    • Mark

      My regret was selling my SS396 Chevelle when I was going overseas. Actually, I gave it away for 1,200$. It was perfect when I sold it.

  7. Bradley Clark

    COPO clones should be dismantled and sold for parts. They’re a disgrace, and an abomination to the hobby. The 11th commandment “thou shalt not clone COPO Chevrolets”.

    • X-Drunk

      Your wrong Bradley Clark clones get the next generation of car lovers into the hobby and if we dont make them feel welcome our hobby is dead.

  8. Paul

    Do you still have the 63 corvette (another good choice)?

  9. Big Ed

    I’ve been thinking. A COPO clone. I can do that, I’m halfway there!

    • Keith

      I tried to buy this car with the blown motor but owner said he was letting someone in Sweden buy it for a road track build .

  10. Big Ed

    Then maybe not! Leave well enough alone!

    • Keith

      Big ED are you the new owner or you had this Camaro for a while ? I tried to buy it back in February-March . Still for sell ?

  11. Big Ed

    Hello Keith, I’ve had my 67 camaro since 1988. Its still serving as “garage art” and is still for sale! 🤔

    • Keith

      Big ED contact me at 910-512-4231 or I have a few questions about your Camaro . Thanks

    • Keith

      I need your contact info big ED call or text 910-512-4231. Thank you .


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