The end of the fifth-generation Camaro, soon to be replaced by a redesigned pony, will also mark the termination of the [current COPO model, now in its fourth year as a limited-edition drag racer. Built in only 69 units, the 2015 COPO Camaro is likely sold-out, as demand was so great Chevy had "an independent third-party" randomly select purchasers from the pool of interested buyers. Those who missed the opportunity to buy one, however, will get a second chance on April 18th, 2015, when the first 2015 COPO to leave the assembly line will hit the auction block.

Wearing serial number 001, the muscle car, which was first showcased at the 2014 SEMA Show, will raise money for Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans, a non-profit organization that helps disabled athletes and veterans gain access to marathons to improve their physical abilities. The winning bidder will receive the Camaro in the same livery it was unveiled with at SEMA, including an Abalone White exterior with matte-gray and orange accents, and "15" graphics. This livery is unique and not available for the regular production cars.

Motivating this COPO Camaro is a 350-cubic-inch (5.7-liter) LSX-based racing engine with a Whipple 2.9-liter supercharger on top. The combo is NHRA-rated at 555 horsepower and mates to a three-speed automatic racing transmission, which, according to Chevy, should return mid-eight-second quarter-mile runs. Fitted with an NHRA-approved roll cage, a racing chassis and a bespoke solid rear axle system, the COPO 001 is ready to hit the drag strip.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 COPO Camaro.

Why it matters

The COPO Camaro might not be the only factory dragster out there, but it’s definitely more popular than Ford’s discontinued Mustang Cobra Jet and Mopar’s new Dodge Challenger Drag Pak. Being the last model of the current-gen car to hit the auction block, it should fetch in excess of the $700,000 the 2014 COPO brought the Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans last year.

On the other hand, it will most likely find home in a collector’s garage, meaning there will be fewer 2015 COPO Camaros on the drag strip for years to come.

2015 Chevrolet COPO Camaro

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The 2015 COPO Camaro is essentially a carry over of last year’s racer. Changes include new "COPO" graphics and minor updates inside and under the hood. The COPO is eligible to compete in the NHRA Stock Eliminator and Super Stock drag racing classes. Pricing starts from around $95,000.

Read more about it in our full review here.

Press Release

Chevrolet is selling the first 2015 COPO Camaro race car to raise money for Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans, which helps wounded veterans participate in marathons and share their success within a supportive community including their families.

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The hand-built car carries serial number 2015COPO001. It will be sold on Saturday, April 18, at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction, with 100 percent of the winning bid going to Achilles Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans, a non-profit organization that helps disabled athletes, including veterans, gain access to races, equipment, and training dedicated to improve their physical abilities.

“This sale gives the highest bidder the opportunity to buy the first of only 69 factory-assembled 2015 COPO Camaro race cars, the final year of the fifth-generation Camaro,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “Chevrolet is excited to offer this milestone Camaro to help a very worthy organization.”

Chevrolet introduced 2015 COPO Camaro No. 001 last fall at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, and it has been featured in Chevrolet Performance advertising and other marketing initiatives. Its distinctive look includes an Abalone White exterior with matte gray and orange accents, and bold “15” graphics. Power comes from a 350-cubic-inch LSX-based racing engine topped with a Whipple 2.9L supercharger, which is NHRA-rated at 555 horsepower. The engine is backed by a three-speed automatic racing transmission – a powertrain combination good for reaching a quarter mile in the mid-eight seconds.

Each COPO Camaro is built by hand starting with production hardware, including the same body in white used for production models. They’re designed to dominate NHRA Stock Eliminator drag racing. The COPO Camaro takes its name and production quota from Central Office Production Order, a process used in the 1960s for fleet managers to order unusual combinations of options.

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The COPO Camaro race car is fitted with an NHRA-approved roll cage and other safety equipment, along with racing chassis and suspension components – including a unique solid rear axle system in place of a regular-production Camaro’s independent rear axle.

COPO serial number 001, lot number 3003, will go across the block at approximately 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, April 18, 2015. Watch live coverage on Velocity Channel.

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