The last 2012 COPO Camaro debuted today at the SEMA Show, in Las Vegas, and it’s headed to the auction block. Chevrolet will sell the Inferno Orange Metallic convertible race car at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, in January, to benefit the American Heart Association.
The model shown here is 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 is 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).
Next to that, it is also one of twenty cars built with the 327 engine and 4.0L supercharger and the only 2012 COPO Camaro painted Inferno Orange Metallic featuring additional custom graphics and special interior trim. This only example will be built with a Turbo 400 three-speed automatic transmission. The top is fully operational, although it must be up when racing, per NHRA rules.
All COPO Camaro were built by hand starting with hardware from the Oshawa assembly plant that manufactures regular-production Camaros, including the same “body in white” body shells racers can purchase from Chevrolet Performance to build their own dedicated race car.
Although only 69 production models were built for 2012, many of the fundamental components used to create the cars – including all of the hand-assembled racing engines – are available from Chevrolet Performance and the licensed aftermarket manufacturers who supplied them.