2012 SEMA: 2012 COPO Camaro Convertible to be auctioned off at 2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale

The very last 2012 COPO Camaro made its debut this week at the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas and is now headed to the Auction block. The Inferno Orange Metallic convertible race car will go under the hammer at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, in January, to benefit the American Heart Association.

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A few factors should make this supercharged drop-top more enticing to bidders:

  • It’s one of 69 COPO Camaro race cars built by Chevrolet for 2012 – and it’s car number 69 of the sequenced production matched to its engine
  • It’s one of only two convertibles built – the other being car number 68 (which has been set aside by Chevrolet and isn’t planned for public sale)
  • It’s one of 20 cars built with the 327 engine and 4.0L supercharger
  • It’s the only ’12 COPO Camaro painted Inferno Orange Metallic – and features additional custom graphics and special interior trim
  • It’s the only example built with a Turbo 400 three-speed automatic transmission.

While the top is fully operational, it must be up when racing, per NHRA rules.

“The COPO Camaro program has been a special program  and there’s not a better way to close out the 2012 racing season than with the final – and most unique – one of the production run,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Chevrolet is proud to once again partner with the American Heart Association at Barrett-Jackson for the sale of this COPO Camaro convertible. It will make a great race car or collector vehicle for a lucky bidder, who will be buying a piece of history.

Power for the last 2012 COPO Camaro comes from a 4.0 L Whipple supercharger, for an NHRA-certified output of 550 horsepower.

COPO Camaros by the numbers

With the final 2012 COPO Camaro produced, Chevrolet has tallied the production numbers for the special run. Of the 69 vehicles produced:

  • 67 were coupes and two were convertibles
  • 43 cars were equipped with the 427 naturally aspirated engine – including the original proof of concept show car that debuted at the 2011 SEMA Show
  • 20 cars were equipped with the 327 / 4.0L-supercharged engine
  • 6 cars were equipped with the 327 / 2.9L-supercharged engine
  • 8 customers ordered the collector’s package, which included all three engines number-matched to their car
  • 32 cars were painted Summit White – including the original show car
  • 20 cars were painted Black
  • 12 cars were painted Victory Red
  • 2 cars were painted Ashen Grey Metallic
  • 2 cars were painted Silver Ice Metallic
  • 1 car was painted Inferno Orange Metallic
  • 12 cars were ordered without COPO graphics.

– By: Omar Rana


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