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1973 (Brazilian) Dodge Dart Gran Sedan
Chevrolet Camaro L72 427/425 HP COPO ‘1969
Chevrolet developed the Central Office Production Order system to meet the need for a procedure to build non-standard cars with Regular Production Order parts. It was intended for fleet orders: fleets of police cars; fleets of low-powered strippers for meter readers; fleets of taxicabs. It enabled Chevrolet and its dealers to compete effectively for large orders of exceptionally boring vehicles. A few intrepid dealers saw in the COPO system a means to a very different end.
That was to build vehicles more powerful, more purposeful and more specialized than anything Chevrolet could justify offering through the Regular Production Option system. The most common of these was COPO 9561 which put the 427 cubic inch, 425 horsepower Mark IV big block V-8 into the Camaro where the biggest RPO engine was the L89 396/375hp aluminum head big block. COPO 9561 was sparingly used. It is believed that only 822 were built with 4-speeds plus another 193 with automatic transmissions.
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