In 1969 the COPO 9560 and 9561 were the ultimate Camaros. Equipped from the factory with the 427 big block, with either iron or aluminum heads, and could be had with almost no other options. That way you could make it into the ultimate race car or street bruiser and we totally approve. I’m not one for caring about having an original muscle really, but if I had a jillion dollars I just might own one of these rare beasts. But to see one like the one featured below, does make me excited.
Watch the latest Hot Rod Hoarder feature from Tommy Lee Byrd and learn all about the history of this cool COPO turned race car.
Jim Lammers didn’t know he was buying a COPO or an ex-drag car when he purchased a black 1969 Camaro from a previous coworker in 2018. He would later discover that the car was truly a COPO Camaro with a 427 big block, but his favorite discoveries involved the Davis family, who were the second owners of the car back in 1970. Doug Davis turned the car into an NHRA-legal Super Stock drag car, and raced it for several years. The car then bounced around to many owners, eventually landing with Jim Lammers.
Jim tracked down all the history, and restored the car to its original condition. He took it to one show in original condition and then turned his high dollar COPO into a drag car to replicate the early ’70s “Rat’s Nest” configuration that Doug Davis raced.