Updated: Jan 25, 2021
Diecast maker, Johnny Lightning, and author Matt Avery have announced a special release of collectible 1/64 scale COPO cars. Each highly rendered example is modeled after real-deal examples Avery featured in his award-winning book, COPO.
Twelve different examples will be available, distributed through Johnny Lightning's Muscle Cars USA 2020 Release 2 series. Highlights in the dozen include Berger Chevrolet's Daytona Yellow 1969 Camaro ZL1 number three, the dealer demo 1968 Yenko Camaro that Fred Eggers drove around the Southeast and Yenko historian Joe Barr's 1970 Yenko Deuce.
Also included are 1968 Novas ordered by Chevrolet dealer Fred Gibb, 1970 Camaros that influenced SCCA racing and 1972 Yenko Vegas. Never before has a more complete set of limited edition diecasts been made of these iconic Chevy legends.
"This is a very special run for collectors,' said Avery. "The designers and I went to great lengths to make sure these are the most accurate scale versions of these Chevy legends." The author documented the full-size versions in his award-winning book, COPO, which takes an in-depth look at how Chevrolet leveraged their Central Office to build backdoor performance variants of their vehicles. The results are some of the most collectibles and desired vehicles for enthusiasts.
The vehicles will be available for purchase in June 2020 at select retailers and online.
About Johnny Lightning Toys
Johnny Lightning cars have thrilled collectors with their speed, detail, and quality since 1969. The original emphasis was to make our cars the fastest in downhill racing and on oval track sets.
The direction later turned to realism, with production of popular muscle cars leading the way. We’re proud to be known as the creator a new genre of toy car: the collectible die-cast car for the adult collector. While our toys are tough enough for kids, their realism and subject matter appeal to adults.
For many of those collectors, Johnny Lightning cars transport them back to a time when they remember the real muscle cars prowling the streets. These models remain the core of the Johnny Lightning brand.