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« on: May 25, 2011, 11:53:17 AM »

Were any COPO cars built at Van Nuys plant?    Chili dog and Strawberry Milk shake riding on this.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2011, 12:04:11 PM »

Yes. At least one was built in LA.

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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2011, 12:09:48 PM »

Well I gotta' go to the pawn shop. I searched everywhere I could think of and found no mention of it or I over looked the info.
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2011, 12:12:02 PM »

Did you win?
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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2011, 12:40:58 PM »

L531088 is reported as being a COPO. But it has old, shaky provenance and non-OE drivetrain.

With not one other VN COPO Camaro known I'd say the jury is still out on Van Nuys COPO Camaros.
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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2011, 12:52:42 PM »

I believe Kurt has a copy of the CBC on that car so maybe he can chime in.

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« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2011, 01:03:09 PM »

So do I. But that is all there is - a copy.
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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2011, 01:26:54 PM »

Is this the CK Spurlock car? I have a color copy of that around here somewhere. Years ago I was told that per Tonowanda records there were 7 L-72 Camaro coded engines shipped to the LOS plant for production use. There was a second possible LOS built COPO that popped up about 6-7 years ago with a CBC and it was similar to the Spurlock one but more complete, and only a few numbers off from that car.  I think Alan knows of that car..............RatPack.................
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« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2011, 01:36:59 PM »

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Is this the CK Spurlock car?

Yep, that's the one.

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« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2011, 05:50:09 PM »

Did you win?

No John I didn't win!!  Roll Eyes

I had to go to the pawn shop and hock my dog's diamond studded collar.  Wink
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« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2011, 08:05:06 PM »

 Chili dog and Strawberry Milk shake riding on this.

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No John I didn't win!!  Roll Eyes

I had to go to the pawn shop and hock my dog's diamond studded collar.  Wink


Where the heck are you eating?
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« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2011, 08:21:26 PM »

Harper's Tasty Dip.  Little hometown burger joint. (Our Dairy Queen) The best foot long hot dog in the South. Homemade ice cream and shakes made by hand the old fashion way.
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« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2011, 09:01:13 PM »

Harper's Tasty Dip.  Little hometown burger joint. (Our Dairy Queen) The best foot long hot dog in the South. Homemade ice cream and shakes made by hand the old fashion way.

Just found Helflin on the map.  Many years ago when I worked the race we would go into Oxford and buy our supplies at Wal Mart.  
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« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2011, 07:11:34 AM »

I know you are asking about Camaros but it is similar situation with 427 Chevelles.
At one time it was thought that all 427 COPO Chevelles were built at Baltimore as all the documentation found was on Bal built cars.
One 427 Chevelle has been found with good doc and was built in Fremont CA assembly plant
Also some documentation has been found that shows Kansas assembly plant may have built a few
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« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2011, 01:46:39 AM »

The broadcast sheet for the Spurlock looks reasonable, but I don't have a great pic of it.

I don't know anything about the other car...
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« Reply #15 on: May 27, 2011, 07:28:22 PM »

On the copy I have the VIN is virtually illegible. It looks to be badly weathered.

The June 1976 Car Craft has an article about a couple of S/S racers out of Arcadia, CA. They had gotten wind of factory 427 Camaros back in '69. So they bought one - in Ohio - and drove it back to CA. These guys lived 30 miles from the Van Nuys Camaro plant.

There may have been a few COPO Camaros built at Van Nuys. Just hasn't been proven.
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« Reply #16 on: May 27, 2011, 11:37:50 PM »

I know one of those men.  He told me the story about flying to Ohio and driving the COPO back to California.

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« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2011, 10:39:43 AM »

The COPO they bought was a Le Mans blue automatic. I understand it was destroyed in a garage fire a few years ago.

Can you imagine driving a car 1800 miiles with 4.10 gears? At maybe 6 mpg [a bud had a Yenko in '72] that's about $1400 in gas for the trip.

Do they have any original paperwork from the car?
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« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2011, 10:59:58 AM »

In 76 I paid about .40/gal for premium.  $120?
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« Reply #19 on: May 28, 2011, 02:30:15 PM »

I meant 2011...
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« Reply #20 on: May 28, 2011, 10:17:43 PM »

"The COPO they bought was a Le Mans blue automatic. I understand it was destroyed in a garage fire a few years ago.

Can you imagine driving a car 1800 miiles with 4.10 gears? At maybe 6 mpg [a bud had a Yenko in '72] that's about $1400 in gas for the trip.

Do they have any original paperwork from the car?"

It's the blue car that I remember.  I raced against it in the first round of Super Stock Eliminator at the 1974 Winternationals.  It was later sold to another Southern California Super Stock racer who campaigned it extensively in Division 7 and, the last I heard, it was somewhere in Division 2 (Southeastern US) and still a race car.  I mentioned it to the OP a few years ago and heard the story about the trip to Ohio.  There was no indication that any paperwork survived.  I have not heard of the destruction of the car but nothing would surprise me.  It's  a tough world out there.

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« Reply #21 on: May 29, 2011, 01:34:48 PM »

I meant 2011...

I was just dreaming of better days.  Although when regular was over $1/gal in '73, in today's dollars it was probably more or the same as today's prices.
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« Reply #22 on: May 29, 2011, 02:50:36 PM »

This will make everyone sigh but my co-worker bought a Le Mans blue/black vinyl Yenko in '72 for $2000. 30,000 miles; still had the AIR system. All that came off immediately; headers, glass packs, T-bars. Still one of the fastest street cars I experienced. It was his daily driver and was eating him alive between the gas and insurance so it was sold [$2200!] and a more tolerable '68 Camaro SS350 replaced it. Took several weeks to sell it. It's still around with OE engine but needs resto. N615046 for you numbers guys.

So you're correct. Gas was much cheaper in '72 but $10,000 was a good annual salary in those days.

 
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