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IZRSSS
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« on: September 15, 2010, 06:48:27 AM »

Can anyone shed light on the official definition of a "COPO"?
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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2010, 07:32:33 AM »

Central Office Production Order.

If you wanted a fleet [at least 50 I believe] of cars with non-normative options or equipment a request was placed with Chevy's Central Office in Detroit. If Engineering approved it a number was assigned and the cars got built. Mostly used for police, fire, commercial vehicles. Non-RPO paint also used this process.

Most famously used for back-door hot rods such as the ZL-1 & L-72 Camaro. Someone who would know told me GM management was quite upset when they learned the process was used to circumvent corporate policy regarding engine size limitations for certain car lines.
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2010, 08:05:04 AM »

Can you go into more specific information with regards to "Non-RPO" paint.  Would "Special Paint" delete fall into this category?
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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2010, 08:25:23 AM »

Non-RPO paint is any color OR stripe color not listed as regular production. Central Office had to approve all non-RPO paint but those cars are not thought of as COPOs. Technically you could order any GM color except some of the Cadillac metallics. A few Z/28s have been found with non-RPO stripe colors such as Le Mans blue/black and Cortez Silver/white. These are not always - - paint. Stripes could also be deleted.

A few weeks ago it was revealed that there was a special COPO stripe. Don't know much about it just now but it appears to be available on ducted hood cars. It may be a single Z/28 stripe on the hood and upper grille panel.

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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2010, 08:31:48 AM »

Thank you William...with so much "stuff" out there on the web your explanation is by far the best!
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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2010, 03:57:13 PM »

William
I am very interested, if you could post, of the copo stripe. Possibly elaborate more as to the size and placement
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« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2010, 07:03:50 PM »

What exists is this photo from an old issue of The Camaro Enthusiast. The owner of the car was adamant that this was a factory stripe.




A few weeks ago someone posted a COPO window sticker. The last line reads PAINT STRIPE-HOOD. The COPO # was obliterated and we are hoping for a better copy. There is a poor photo of the car from the side [burgundy] but it does appear the top of the hood is white.
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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2010, 10:34:18 PM »

 I have seen that kind of stripe before.  I just can't remember where.  It's been a few years since High School.
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« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2010, 02:23:44 PM »

I have a stripe that is almost exactly that. It runs down the trunk as well, but not on the roof
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« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2010, 07:40:19 PM »

There was some discussion a long time ago on this site regarding a similar stripe. I don't recall if a photo was posted or not. Someone was looking for info regarding a single stripe centered on the hood, also not a Baldwin car.
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« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2010, 09:43:21 PM »

William...if a car comes from the factory w/o stripe's would it show up as - - on the cowl or is the only way of knowing on a build sheet?  In other words what is the difference between one - and --?
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« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2010, 11:17:13 PM »

Explained here: http://www.camaros.org/numbers.shtml#ExteriorColors:S:SpecialPaint
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« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2010, 03:36:31 AM »

William
Do you have any more information on the burgundy car?
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« Reply #13 on: September 17, 2010, 09:51:56 AM »

It was a double [triple?] COPO RS out of Courtesy Chev in Ohio. Still exists but has been raced for 40 years.
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« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2010, 08:16:06 AM »

COPO was also used to get a Camaro built with a non-standard (non-RPO) option.
An example is in 1968 4:56 rear gear was a RPO G82 in 1969 you had to get 4:56 gears using COPO 9511
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