COPO Central Celebrates Chevy’s Ultimate Musclecars
During the high-octane, rumbling times of the 1960s, there was one word for the very best Chevrolet had to offer; COPO, and it was the bow tie brand’s ultimate muscle cars. They never should have been built, victims of strict corporate edicts shying away from racy rides, but yet, due to the passion of several key corporate insiders and dealership partners, they were unleashed onto streets and strips, cementing Chevy’s reputation for performance was alive, well and ready for action.Come see and experience some of the finest and most significant examples of these four-wheeled legends at COPO Central, a celebration of these iconic cars’ storied legacy and their integral part in Chevy’s racing heritage. The exhibit is taking place at the 2018 Classic Auto Show on September 8th and 9th at the Donald E. Stevens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois and hosted by award-winning author and automotive historian, Matt Avery and author of the brand-new book, COPO. After two years of research and travel to over 14 states and Canada, Matt has sought out and documented the world’s best COPO cars, bringing together an authoritative guide to this special part of automotive history.
Meet Matt Avery
Matt Avery is an award-winning media producer, covering the full breadth of automotive topics. His passion for transportation started hands-on as a repair technician, working for Mercedes-Benz and BMW before transitioning to the media and journalism side, writing for the hit television show, MotorWeek. He now produces the widely-read and long-running ‘Classic Recollections’ automotive column in the Chicago Daily Herald. The expansive library of over 400 images he captured specifically for his new book has a permanent home in the archives at the General Motors Heritage Center.
Matt will be on hand at the show in the Daily Herald booth, discussing the importance of the featured COPO vehicles on display, as well as signing copies of his new book. Learn more at COPOthebook.com.
Featured Vehicles on Display
1967 Yenko Stinger YS-119
This 1967 Yenko Stinger is just one of 25 COPO Corvairs built, and just one of 14 painted in Bolero Red. Don Yenko tweaked this batch even further from the Corvairs he built a year before, crafting them into even more of a potent track star. This featured show car was recently restored and features its original drivetrain.
1968 Gibb Nova
This 1968 Gibb Nova is just one of 50 ordered by Fred Gibb Chevrolet. They were meant to do one thing: dominate their class in drag racing and that’s exactly what they did. The story behind this featured show car is extra unique: the owner purchased one new, just like it, in 1968.