In the classic era of the muscle car, the Camaro held its own as a top-selling, performance machine. But if you were looking for something with a bit more bite, chances were that you’d aim for one of the higher F-body models, such as the Z/28 or the COPO Camaro, available in 1969.
Now one of the most highly sought after models of the era, the COPO Camaro model goes for tens of thousands of dollars more than originally priced, but we expect to see an even heftier selling bid come in for this COPO we found on Mecum’s website.
While certainly a sought after piece of muscle car history now, COPO Camaros offered a select few enthusiasts the power, performance and notoriety they so greatly wanted back in the day. Kris Mahen of New Castle, Indiana was such an enthusiast.
In 1969, when he received his new COPO Camaro, Mahen immediately transformed his top-of-the-line car into an International Hot Rod Association B/stock competitor.
With its L72 427ci iron block, dictated by the 9561 production code, four-speed transmission and Dover White exterior, the car became known as Hoosier Hell and eventually went on to be an IHRA B/stock record holder.
Available for bid at the Mecum Kissimmee, Florida auction on Saturday January 26th, the fully restored Hoosier Hell makes its way back into the spotlight, offering drag racing and Chevy enthusiasts a rare opportunity to purchase a former record-holding classic COPO.
The car maintains its original red interior, cowl hood, body panels, F41 heavy-duty suspension, M22 four-speed transmission and 12-bolt Posi-traction rearend. This is documented by complete picture album of the car’s restoration, which took the car back to as originally bought condition, as well as the original Protect-O-Plate and copy of the original title.
This rare and stunning car will cross the auction block at the Mecum Kissimmee auction on Saturday January 26th around 3:55p.m. With bids expected to reach $150,000 to $200,000, those looking to bid on this piece of muscle car and drag racing history will need to be plenty ready for when this heavy hitter hit’s the stage.