1969 Chevrolet COPO Camaro 427 Drag Races 1972 Buick GS, the gap is huge
This specific example comes with a three-speed automatic transmission. It also features a cool “A COPO” license plate.
The event sees the COPO go against a 1972 Buick GS Stage 1. Equipped with a larger 7.5-liter V8, the GS is not as powerful as the Camaro at 270 horsepower and 392 lb-ft of torque. . But that’s not surprising considering it was produced around the time emissions regulations were put in place to detune big V8s.
The Buick also packs a three-speed auto. And in addition to being less powerful, the GS Stage 1 also weighs 181 kg (400 pounds) more than the COPO 427.
Based on those numbers alone, the COPO 427 should struggle to win the quarter-mile race. And the pictures confirm that the muscle car with the Chevy badge is more than two seconds faster than the GS. The Camaro pulls away from the line ahead of the GS and builds a noticeable advantage on the first few feet.
The gap continued to grow until the COPO crossed the finish line, posting a 12.03 second run at 117.26 mph (188.71 km / h). The Buick GS follows more than two seconds later, hitting the line in 14.22 clicks, to go with a trap speed of 96.47 mph (155.25 km / h).
The result is far from shocking, as the COPO 427 was built specifically for dealers like Don Yenko, who prepared the cars for enthusiasts who spent their weekends on the racetrack.
The COPO vs GS drag race is just a one-off time trial, but the video also includes footage of the two cars driving other vehicles. The Buick also raced against a 1970 Chevy Camaro Z28 and narrowly lost. In contrast, the COPO 427 faced a 1969 Pontiac GTO and won by half a second.