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COPO Camaro Convertible jumps from SEMA to Barrett-Jackson, pockets US$400k for charity [w/video]

Posted Jan 21st 2013 2:00PM

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2012 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Convertible

Back at the 2012 SEMA event in Las Vegas, Chevrolet unveiled the car you see above, a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Convertible. Actually, that's not quite accurate – this car is THE 2012 Chevrolet Camaro COPO Convertible. As in, the only one ever sold. There was one more produced, but it's not leaving the GM Heritage Center any time soon. This one was just sold at Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale for US$400,000 exactly.

That sum will be donated to the American Heart Association, and the winner will take home this Inferno Orange Metallic COPO, complete with a 327-cubic-inch V8 topped by a 4.0-litre supercharger. The engine sends 550 horsepower to the rear drag slicks through a three-speed Powerglide automatic transmission. Perfect for a run down the quarter mile, top-down style.

Check out our high-res image gallery from the block at Barrett-Jackson above, and don't forget to watch a video of the COPO being auctioned below, along with the car's official auction description.



Barrett-Jackson Lot: 3014 - 2012 CHEVROLET CAMARO COPO CONVERTIBLE

This is a rare opportunity to own a one-of-a-kind high performance vehicle. The 2012 COPO Camaro Convertible on auction is #69 of 69 2012 COPO Camaros produced. It is one of only two convertibles made, the other will be kept at the GM Heritage Center. And, this is the only one made in Inferno Orange Metallic. COPO is an acronym for General Motor's Central Office Production Order, a special order system that was used by dealers in the 1960s. A few performance-minded dealers manipulated the system to order vehicles with larger engines. Some were able to get 427cid big block engines installed in a handful of 1969 Camaros. The 2012 COPO Camaro was first shown as a concept at SEMA. The overwhelming response shaped GM's decision to produce a limited number for 2012, making it Chevrolet's first purpose-built drag-racing specialty car. It has a supercharged, LSX-based 327 (5.3 Liter) V8 featuring a 4.0 Liter supercharger, rated at 550hp, matched with a Powerglide three-speed automatic transmission. The engine for this model was hand built by GM's Jim Campbell at the Performance Build Center in Wixom, Michigan. The inside of this COPO Camaro is also Inferno Orange. There is room for one lucky passenger, with two racing bucket seats. The driver can strap in with a safety harness and grab onto the competition floor shifter for the exhilarating ride. One hundred percent of the winning bid will benefit the American Heart Association, whose mission is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. **ALL PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION** **WILL BE SOLD AT APPROXIMATELY 2:00PM ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2013** **SOLD ON BILL OF SALE ONLY**

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