From the Ken Lingenfelter Collection
Restored by COPO specialist Dave Tinnell
COPO Connection certificate
COPO 9562 Matching Numbers L72 427/425 HP engine
M22 4-speed transmission
1 of 323 COPO Chevelles produced in 1969
Special 12 bolt Positraction 4.10 rear end
Power front disc brakes
Rare Parchment bucket seat interior
White vinyl top
5-spoke sport wheels
Goodyear Wide Tread F70-14 tires
Sold new at Westminster Motor Company in Westminster, MD
Unlike the unmistakable Yenko versions, there was little to distinguish this 1969 COPO Chevelle from a garden-variety Malibu, with a few subtle exceptions. Another fine offering from the Ken Lingenfelter Collection, this was, in fact, a stealth machine right from the beginning, when a young William Shimkus purchased it new from Westminster Motor Company in Westminster, Maryland, on August 13, 1969. William’s parents, it seems, had cosigned the loan he had taken for the car, and were not informed by the dealership that it was not a 396, as they were led to believe. As documented by COPO Connection, it was in fact ordered with the COPO 9562 High Performance 427 package. Like the COPO Camaros, the package used the L72 cast-iron big-block with 4-bolt main bearing caps, forged-steel crank and rods, forged aluminum pistons, 11.0:1 compression, a solid-lifter cam, aluminum intake and 800 CFM Holley 4-barrel. The COPO Chevelle also used the special reinforced 4.10:1 12-bolt Positraction rear end, and could be ordered with either a 400 Turbo automatic, an M22 “Rock Crusher” 4-speed or, as in this case, the Muncie M21 close-ratio unit. F41 heavy-duty suspension and power front disc brakes were also required. While no COPO Chevelles were built as SS versions, some did include some of that model’s features, usually the blacked-out front grille—with a blue Bowtie emblem in place of the SS badge—and tail panel. This car also received the SS hood with its twin power bulges, 3-piece Magnum 500 wheels with SS center caps and Goodyear Wide Tread F70-14 tires, bright wheel-arch trim and contrasting white body-side stripes that perfectly tie together the special-order red paint, a Parchment vinyl roof and a rare Parchment-on-black Strato bucket-seat interior. Also on the menu were Soft Ray-tinted glass, U11 tachometer and gauge cluster with gasoline, temperature, oil pressure and battery gauges, U35 center dash clock and radio delete. Even among COPO Chevelles, this is a unique automobile, so it is fitting that noted COPO specialist Dave Tinnell performed its restoration. That was in 1998, after which the completed car made its public debut at that year’s Chevelle Nationals. The car has long been in the care of several prominent members of the COPO and Supercar community, including Randy Miller, Mick Price, Bryan Milliorn and most recently Ken Lingenfelter.
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