Before there was any official announcement that Chevrolet was preparing a competitor to the Ford Mustang there were numerous rumors within the automotive press world that code named Panther was in the works. On Jun e28, 1966 General Motors held a live press conference in Detroit''s Statler-Hilton Hotel and for the first time 14 cities were hooked up via telephone in real time for the event. Chevrolet General Manager Pete Estes announced a new car line with a name that Chevrolet chose in keeping with their other cars that began with C. The new Camaro name was unveiled and the automotive press asked "What is a Camaro?" and they were told it was a small vicious animal that eats Mustangs." The Chevrolet Camaro went on sale September 29, 1966 for the model year 1967 and was designed as a competing model to the very successful Ford Mustang. It shared its platform and major components with the Pontiac Firebird which was also introduced in 1967.Four distinct generations of the Camaro were developed before production ended in 2002. It was revived again as a concept that evolved into the fifth generation Camaro which started production in March of 2009.The Camaro was first shown at a press review in Detroit on September 12, 1966 and then later in Los Angeles. It officially went on sale in dealerships on September 29, 1966. The new rear wheel drive GM F-body platform was available a a two-door, 2+2, coupe or convertible with a choice of a 250 ci inline-6, a 303, 307, 350 or 396 V-8 power plant. GM executives realized that the sporty Corvair would not be able to generate the sales volume to compete the Ford Mustang due to it rear engine design and the bad publicity from the Ralph Nader book. As such the Camaro was touted as having the same conventional rear-drive, front engine configuration as the Mustang and Chevy II Nova. Also the Camaro was designed to fit a variety of power plants in the engine bay. The first generation Camaro would last until the 1969 model year and would inspire the design of the new fifth generation Camaro. This 1969 Camaro is from the Nickey Chicago Inc Collection and was sold to Berger at that time. It is a double COPO Camaro with the Rally Sport option. It recently completed a 1700 hour rotisserie restoration to original specifications. The work was performed by Nyle Wing and the original engine was rebuilt by Scott Tieman. It has a numbers matching drive train and is loaded with options including the Yenko Sports Car Conversion Option. It has a M40 TH400 automatic transmission with Chambered Exhaust and Endura Bumper. It is also equipped with a center console, power steering and a vinyl top. It is complete with restoration photos and full owner history. It is registered with the Super Car Registry and is certified as an authentic 9561 & 9737 COPO Camaro by Nickey Chicago, Inc.The Central Office Production Order or COPO, was a way to acquire, generally unobtainable, special items which were not listed as available on Chevrolet''s RPO/Regular production order spec sheets. COPO 9561 was the Camaro Iron block, 427 cid, RPO L72 rated at 425hp. COPO 9737 was the Yenko Sport Car Conversion option, consisting of E70X15 tires on Rally wheels, a 140 mph speedometer and a 1 inch stabilizer.