January 2002 Feature car:
Bob Gagliano's 1969 COPO Chevelle
|COPO 9562:||12 bolt posi w/ 4.10 gears, M-40 heavy duty automatic transmission, L-72|
|Transmission:||M-40 (400TH automatic)|
|Exterior color:||Tuxedo Black|
|Interior color:||Black buckets w/console|
|Options:||AM radio, power disk brakes|
Well, here it is: the first feature car of the year 2002. If you've been following along with our feature cars, then hopefully you have learned a thing or two about the many different combinations that many of the auto dealers/manufacturers put together back when these cars were new. Following along those same lines, is this COPO Chevelle.
"What's so odd about this COPO Chevelle" you say? Well, unlike the majority of other COPO Chevelles, this car didn't come out of the Baltimore, MD, plant, but rather the Fremont, CA, plant! Sold August 15, 1969, by Jack Head Chevrolet in Alhambra, CA, this Chevelle still carries it's original P-O-P, still wear's it's original California "black plates", and has been documented by Ed Cunneen of the COPO Connection.
Bob said that this car spent much of it's early life at Orange County and Irwindale Raceways, where the original block was munched due to a cracked piston, which has been verified by the original owner's records. After being frame-on restored by Dave Tinnel, Bob opted to go with a set of period correct American T-70 wheels fitted with redline tires, versus the original "SS" wheels. Options on this car include: simulated wood wheel, bucket seats, console, guage package, and power steering and brakes.
So, once again, we all learn something: whether it be that not all COPO Chevelles came out of the Baltimore plant, or to never say never. Happy New Year!
(Written by: sYc and Bob)
(sYc-special thanks to Bob for the pictures and info)
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