Automotive Author & Historian
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Jay Leno & Author Matt Avery
Jay Leno & Author Matt Avery

Big-time celeb & car star, Jay Leno, stopped by a recent book signing w/ Matt, giving COPO a big thumbs-up.

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Matt on NBCSN
Matt on NBCSN

Matt was interviewed on NBCSN's live TV coverage of Mecum's Chicago auction. Matt was called on to explain the significance of Chevy's COPO program during the 1960s.

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Matt & Nancy Gibb
Matt & Nancy Gibb

Matt and Nancy Gibb, daughter of supercar dealer, Fred Gibb, who ordered all 50 '68 COPO Novas and all '69 ZL1s.

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Jay Leno & Author Matt Avery
Jay Leno & Author Matt Avery

Big-time celeb & car star, Jay Leno, stopped by a recent book signing w/ Matt, giving COPO a big thumbs-up.

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COPO the book

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The full story on Chevy's ultimate muscle cars!
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Matt's STORY

Matt Avery is a veteran automotive journalist, photographer and historian. After time as a repair technician for Mercedes-Benz and BMW, Matt wrote for the television show, MotorWeek, before joining the Cars.com editorial team as Senior Video Producer.

 

Matt currently works for Mecum Auctions as the Executive Producer and host of the On The Move podcast, sponsored by State Farm.

Matt’s work has been seen in Hot Rod and Muscle Car Review as well as his long-running column in the widely read Classic Recollections feature in the Chicago-based Daily Herald. Matt’s career includes time on the board for the Midwest Automotive Media Association, serving as Vice President.

His book, COPO, showcases over 45 world-class collector vehicles processed through GM’s Central Office. Matt’s expansive library of over 400 images, captured specifically for the book, has a permanent home in the archives at the General Motors Heritage Center. 

In 2019, his book, COPO, was awarded a Silver Medal by the Automotive Heritage Awards. In 2020, he made SEMA's '35 Under 35' List, recognizing rising young stars in the automotive industry and in 2021, Matt became a member in SEMA's Young Executives Network.

Matt's new book, Camaro Special Editions, releases this Fall.

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In the NEWS

'On The Move' PODCAST

Matt is the host of the On The Move podcast, presented by Mecum Auctions and sponsored by State Farm.

 

Along with cohost, John Kraman, lead TV commentator for Mecum Auctions on MotorTrend, the guys delve deep into the world of collector cars, checking in weekly with industry leaders and automotive personalities.

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Own the diecast cars of
COPO the book!

Auto World & Johnny Lightning have partnered with Matt to bring an exclusive 12 car set of 1/64 scale collectible diecast cars, based on real deal COPO cars Matt featured in his COPO book.

 

These are available on store shelves at major retailers like Meijer and Hobby Lobby.

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Lectures & Seminars

Matt is a renowned public speaker, bringing his humor & insight around the country to discussions of his journalistic & photographic work as well as the history of Chevy's legendary COPO and Camaro programs.

 

He has hosted seminars & been a Celebrity Judge at such premier events as the Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals, The Muscle Car & Corvette Nationals, Bloomington Gold Corvettes, the Pittsburgh World of Wheels & has been interviewed on TV networks like NBCSN and ABC 7 Chicago.

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