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Old 05-22-2015, 10:46 AM   #7726  
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The first order (50) of COPO Camaros that Don Yenko received came with Fisher Body trim code X66 and had rear quarter panel louvers and a black painted rear panel like the 396 cars





The other 151 COPO Camaros were coded X11 (bright moldings and trim) or X44 (no chrome accents). Neither had the black rear panel

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"The more things change . . . the more they stay the same." In 1964, to avoid the GM edict that prevented large engines in midsized cars, the GTO was an option package for the LeMans. Beginning in 1965, the popularity of the GTO, made it a seperate model.

Due to the end of the Muscle Car Era, the last "real" GTO - the 1973 model once again resorted back to an option package for the LeMans Sport
More great pics from Lee, thank you! I just got caught up, and loved the 70 Stage 1 pic on the last page.

I'm not sure if this info is complete, or perhaps extracted out of context, but the GTO became a separate model in 1966, not 1965, and it went back to an option status in 1972, not 1973.

Cool pic of the 1969 Trans Am prototype! The person that found and restored this car sold it at the Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson Auction in 2015 for $313,500.00. He said the new owner (buyer) didn't even know what he had purchased. After the sale, the new owner asked the seller, "So....tell me a little about this car".

The seller is hoping that if the buyer decides to let it go, he may be able to buy it back. I think the seller was hoping it would go for much more than $313,500. It's a significant piece of American muscle car history, but I think the fact that it's Palladium Silver and not the iconic white/blue stripes paint scheme may have hurt the sale a bit.
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Old 05-23-2015, 05:49 PM   #7730  
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1970 Camaro Z28 ‘Hurst Sunshine Special’







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This unique version is the Hurst Sunshine Special, one of three cars built with a prototype power-sliding sunroof – a feature that never saw production. Of the three built, this is the only one known to exist. Along with testing for the sunroof, Chevrolet used this car in the wind tunnel to test front and rear spoilers for the SCCA Trans-Am series. It is part of the Rick Hendrick Collection.

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When Ford was working on their 427 SOHC racing engine they tried placing the spark plugs both at the top of the cylinder head, and at the bottom as seen on this prototype. They found that it made no difference in performance where the plugs were located so they put them at the top for easy maintenance.






Production 427 SOHC spark plug location:




Ford developed the 427 SOHC to take on Chrysler's 426 Hemi for NASCAR. It was never Ford's intention to develop it for Drag Racing. But once NASCAR rejected the 427 SOHC (then allowed it with a 10% weight penalty) Ford pretty much adandoned the 427 SOHC. But Drag Racing was always looking for more horespower and though many in Top Fuel were using the Hemi, a few tried the 427 SOHC. Don Prudhomme won the 1967 Top Fuel Springnationals with the car below.


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Old 05-23-2015, 06:26 PM   #7732  
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1967 RS/SS 396 Camaro with PO2: Simulated Wire Wheel Covers ($73.75)









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Did you know . . .

The first order (50) of COPO Camaros that Don Yenko received came with Fisher Body trim code X66 and had rear quarter panel louvers and a black painted rear panel like the 396 cars





The other 151 COPO Camaros were coded X11 (bright moldings and trim) or X44 (no chrome accents). Neither had the black rear panel

X11:





X44:

I neglected to say that the X codes above were only on Norwood, Ohio Assemby Plant Camaros.

There are other X code Camaros from Norwood. This link explains them:


http://www.chevy-camaro.com/chevy-ca...ecode-1969.asp
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Approximately 50% of all 1967 - 1969 Camaros were ordered with the optional D55: Console. The price for this option increased each year. 1967 = $47.40, 1968 = $50.60 and 1969 = $53.75. 1969 shown:





Not as popular as you see today after restoration, only about 20% who ordered a Console ordered the U17: Special Instrumentation ($79.00 in 1967 and $94.80 in 1968/1969).



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Of the 602 Z/28 Camaros built in 1967, 205 of them had RPO J56: Brakes; heavy-duty front disc with metallic rear brakes - $105.35. RPO J56 was only available on the Z/28.





The J56 package used the standard Camaro 11-inch disc brake calipers but added Pyroceram heat insulators on each of the four pistons. Under hard braking conditions, the ceramic insulators provided an effective heat barrier between the pad and the brake fluid. Thus, they reduced the likelihood of brake fluid boiling, which was a crippler of braking performance. This technology was proven the year before on road racing Corvettes.

Here is a portion of the letter GM sent out dated December 9, 1966 introducing the Z/28 option in 1967:



"furnished loose" means it would be in the trunk of the car to be installed by the selling dealer.

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The Hood Scoop (yes it is functional) was a dealer installed option. Other dealer installed options were plexiglass windows and interior deletes (removing sound deading material, etc.)
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