In the late 60s & early 70s General Motors shipped a few special edition cars out the side door of GM because management didnt want these cars on the street. They were called COPO cars. Typically they were 427 stripped down, go-fast cars. Companies like Berger; Nickey & Yenko were in the middle & increased the performance on a very limited number of Camaros, Chevelles & Novas. Enter GMMG who took it upon themselves to concoct a true throwback to the famous Camaros from 1969. Presented to you for consignment, 1 of the 69 GMMG Camaros from the semi-final year for the long lived Camaro. This car is #53 and this alone should have you drooling and clearing space in your garage, but we can break this car down further...how about 1 of 31 wearing the Phase III package equipped cars. Add in all of the factory and GMMG paperwork and a mere 3,704 actual miles and this IS a true collectable Camaro. Exterior This car screams performance sitting still and is clad with Phase III decal options with it all bathed in Arctic White. A well hidden call out of 600hp resides near the front of the scoop ready to scare off most challengers. All ZL1 cars were B4C coupes, that means no T-tops on the roof, just a fully fixed roof where the accent stripe picks back up and races rearward to the sloping rear deck. On the sides straight steel with well minded gaps. A blacked out filler panel rests between the tail lights and holds correct chrome lettering spelling out CAMARO as well as a GMMG badge and a tribute to Fred Gibb and Vince Piggins above. 18x9.5 inch chrome Cragar wheels are on all 4 corners and are wrapped in newer blackwall rubber. Large dual exhaust tips peek out from under the body matching neoprene bumper. All paint is at the deep end of the pool and looks nearly perfect throughout. Interior If you thought the exterior was something to crow about, take a look at this retro interior. A swing of the sexy doors and we get loads of Ebony molded smooth vinyl, integrated door pulls with a matching ebony actuator and plenty of power toggles to play with. Inside a 6 point rollbar, (GMMG installed), protects the passengers while they enjoy the Ebony leather bolsters and white houndstooth cloth inserts in the front body hugging bucket seats. A center console undulates by these buckets and houses the short throw shifter with its Hurst topper ball. The center of the dash rises to the occasion with a Monsoon premium sound system including an AM/FM/CD stereo, climate controls, and a specifications plaque. Drivetrain Still not sitting in a puddle of your own spittle? This is where things get serious in a big way, 427 cubes of them actually. A 7.0 LS6 V8 sits between the fenders and is looking as good as the day it was installed. This C5R race case been treated to the best of the best with a Callies 4340 forged steel crank with a 4.0 stroke, Callies billet forged steel rods with ARP fasteners, JE pistons with ultra-precision machining and certification, a custom hydraulic roller camshaft for the Phase III engine, and an ATI crank damper. Cometic head gaskets seal the CNC ported LS6 cylinder heads with 2.055 and 1.600 valves which are actuated by Comp 4130 steel pushrods. Up top a Holley aluminum intake manifold which has been modified by Wilson Manifolds is fed copious amounts of fuel and air through a ported throttle body and high flow airbox. We note the engraving atop the intake to ensure that the right parts went into the right car. Connecting this special mill to the Tremec T56 6-speed manual transmission is a lightweight flywheel and out back is a 10 bolt Positraction rear axle weighing in with a 4.10 ratio. Undercarriage This hits just keep coming with a beautifully preserved undercarriage with some black coating on the trunk floor behind the rear axle. All else is rust free finished in a grayish white hue and remaining like new and completely rust free save for the surface rust on the untreated suspension and driveline components. Phase III 1-7/8 headers rain down from the engine to meet a dual to single to dual exhaust which is looking just fab with the aforementioned electric cut out and twin chambered mufflers. Hows that for retro? Handling is courtesy front independent suspension and rear is torque arm with coil springs with both being modified courtesy of Penske Racing 7500 series drag valved shocks and struts and Eibach 1.5 lowering springs. Corvette ZO6 power disc brakes with slotted rotors are on all 4 corners. I see youve soaked through the dribble bib... Drive-Ability Straws were drawn, coins were tossed and even a game of rock, paper, scissors was played to determine who would be the one to experience a once in a lifetime drive. My partner in crime and all-around good guy finally won and slipped himself over the door bar of the cage then settled into the houndstooth. His report after the drive, (he kept his drive short so as to not rack up too many miles on this example), included unlimited acceleration, quick smooth shifting, stop on a dime braking and rail-like handling. All accessories were fully functional during the drive. Every manufacturer has its inhouse high performance department but just like in days of yore it took a few likeminded gearheads with a dream and a great company to create a supercar out of a muscle car. Chevrolet gave the basic design and GMMG did the rest with more cues and homage to the COPO 9560 heritage than one can shake a stick at. Join the elite with this 1 of 31 Phase III ZL1 Supercars right out of 1969....I mean 2002...no drool included.