Updated: Jan 24, 2021
Speedreaders.info, the online source for authoritative reviews of transportation books and media, gave COPO the book the full once-over, publishing their review today. Their findings and impressions took particular note of not just the vehicles modified through the Central Office, but all the backdoor dealings that took place to get them created. Here's what reviewer Helen V. Hutchings had to say:
"Avery does a very credible job presenting the quick cars he's chosen to profile with clear writing and good detail on each. He's also alluded to, and included, some of the intrigue that was going on behind the scenes."
All of the 'intrigue' was developed through first-hand interviews, analyzing period newspaper articles and pouring over pages and pages of internal notes and documents. Without a doubt, the halls of General Motors during the 1960s were abuzz with surreptitious COPO activities.
Another callout noted in the review was the comprehensive data compiled and listed in the back of the book, aimed at helping enthusiasts and owners keep track of these four-wheeled legends. Hutchings reported:
The usefulness of the book as a reference is further enhanced by the two appendices. One lists—in order, and including each car’s VIN—all sixty-nine of the 1969 ZL1 Camaros, and detailing the factory COPO options of each. The second appendix does similarly for the fifty 1968 Gibb Novas also including each car’s VIN.
Speedreaders had plenty more to say and if you want to read their full review, find it HERE.