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Danbury Mint 1:24 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro 427 Coupe

Reviewed by:   Tony Perrone
     
  Danbury Mint 1:24 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro 427 Coupe diecast car
 
 
 

On the heels of Danbury’s incredible ’69 Yenko Camaro, comes this silver bullet. (Yawn) Absolutely gorgeous in an understated manner I may like this version of the late sixties Camaro the best. (Snore) No, I’m not nodding off as I look at this wonderful diecast release and try to contain my utter excitement over describing it here; I’m thinking of just how badly I would love to have been in the 1:1 version on some late night boulevard in 1969. This would have been my ultimate street “sleeper”! The Yenko Camaro gave unsuspecting would-be racers a hearty heads-up. If its mags, bright orange paint and “427” emblems on the hood were not enough, surely the emblazoned, “Yenko SC” on the tail would have been a clue of what you were in for. But this little puppy would have appeared as just another cute, stripped down grocery-getter in street attire. Plain and simple, no readily seen hot rod adornments, it has sweet little dog dish hub caps and no tail spoiler. Sure it had a body builder’s hood bulge but you would have seen that too late to stave off the onslaught of the 427 cubic inches of muscle that lay beneath it. As you no doubt know, “COPO” stood for Central Office Production Order. You just did not see very many of them around back then, only 69 were built, and today they are like fine, aged cheese to the Chevy and Camaro collector rat. Highly expensive cheese, at that.

Danbury has refined its Camaro tooling to its ultimate rendition with this COPO release, as far as I’m concerned. It amply floats my boat. I know we have been treated royally to many Camaro images but this COPO seems to epitomize the best that the breed had to offer. The COPO Camaro is one of the most highly prized collector’s cars in the high-end auction scene today and for good reason. All the elements are there; rarity, power, a pleasing shape and style that evolved over the car’s very first few years. In fact the Camaro may have never enjoyed a more popular following than in this year model design. So if you want the best and most desired version of the muscle car in scale, this would be my choice.

DM gives us a healthy dose of detail and realism throughout the model. Below, you will find an awesome display of plumbing. Fluid lines, made up of metal wire, flow front to back. Coil springs, up front, and outrageous leaf springs in the back highlight the functionality of the model while the tire tread patterns lend an air of reality to the piece. You know the flex tubing that you see on the brake lines of real cars? DM replicates it flawlessly. Even when you flip the “COPO” rear license tag down to reveal the gas filler cap, you will note the attention to detail on the opposite side of the plate holder – absolutely authentic. No frills in the trunk of this athlete; DM duplicated the splatter paint floor finish, added jack and spare and jacking instructions and warning labels. And for those of us that like the tires to be correctly labeled; they are, spare too. The COPO wears the Good Year® Wide Tread® F70-14 markings, so fashionable that year. The diminutive hub caps wear Chevy’s bowtie logo, in blue.

Inside, the seats are flanked with fabric belts and photo-etch buckles and wood grain lines the dash, center console and steering wheel. The floors feature black rubber floor mats. The door panels display fine detail and little door locks. Of course the star of the COPO’s show is the grunt under the well shaped hood, you know, the one with the bulging bicep that I mentioned earlier. It is a ZL-1 427 with 425 horse. (This HP rating was completely underrated) How do I know? DM and Chevrolet tell me so with Chevy’s crossed flags emblem exclaiming “427” and under it the “Turbo Jet 425 HP” in fine miniature labeling, readable with a magnifier. The cold air induction system is, pardon the pun, cool. And DM’s masterful treatment of the orange actuator line and hood liner are icing on an already calorie-filled cake. The plumbing, wiring, hose labels and dip stick are very welcomed and wait until you see the master cylinder brake tubing and hold-down wires. Masterful. The extending antenna is scaled to size and the “Camaro” hood edge and trunk lid script emblems are chrome metal foiled to round out the glorious presentation.

To the glory days of muscle cars this was a true pied piper, even if it was nearly impossible to follow when its hammer was laid down. The Thrillometer got a work out on this little number and the number came up a strong 9.975!

(11/24/2005)
 
 
  Danbury Mint 1:24 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro 427 Coupe diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro 427 Coupe diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro 427 Coupe diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro 427 Coupe diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro 427 Coupe diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro 427 Coupe diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro 427 Coupe diecast car

Danbury Mint 1:24 1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro 427 Coupe diecast car

 
 
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