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Username Post: COPO 1975 El Caminos with Laguna Nose        (Topic#158696)
Ripstick 
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Ripstick
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05-03-07 11:08 PM - Post#1157089    

In reference to Kyle's topic (now moved) regarding the 1975 Laguna El Caminos:

Moved Link: '75 Laguna El Camino on eBay.

As a matter of fact, some El Caminos did indeed leave the factory with the 1975 Laguna slant nose as a specially selected option (although the actual number ordered this way is not known). I thought this debate was settled before my extended leave, but apparently not.

If you knew the right people you could order something called a COPO optioned Chevrolet. COPO stands for "Central Office Production Order", and this program allowed dealers to order equipment that was not usually available -- such as special paint, special engines, and in this case a Laguna nose on an El Camino. From what I've learned from most COPO optioned vehicles, just about any local dealer could usually get one pushed through if you filled out the right paperwork and knew the correct option codes.

Take a close look at Tim Benson's 1975 El Camino build sheet...


(Click to Enlarge)


A couple years back I had the opportunity to buy this COPO optioned El Camino with a factory ordered Laguna nose:





And although not a Laguna El Camino, this is a rare COPO optioned 1973 Malibu SS from my website that belongs to a local friend of mine:



It came ordered with the available "SS" package, along with a 454 4-speed set up. However, the color that you see it painted was strictly intended for the Vega production line only. This color option was not publicly available for the Chevelle line, thus the one and only reason for the COPO special order.

Surprisingly, I have seen quite a few 1975 El Caminos optioned with the Laguna nose and appearing to be factory installed. The one common factor that they also seem to have is that they are optioned with the two-tone paint code as well. This might just be a coincidence, but if so, it's a pretty big one at that.

Also, of the three build sheets I've laid my eyes on... all of these COPO Laguna El Caminos were produced at the Arlington, Texas plant.

I hope this helps to clarify things.

But as far as successfully identifying a REAL 1975 El Camino with a factory ordered Laguna nose as apposed to the custom conversions many of us have surely seen, the original build sheet is definitely a must have.

Rick "Ripstick" http://www.Route73.com


 
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wagonman100 
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05-04-07 04:27 AM - Post#1157154    
    In response to Ripstick

Well that explains it, it wasn't an advertised option.

Jay
Friends don’t let friends drive Fords.

1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon
1957 Cameo Carrier


 
74LagunaS3 
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05-04-07 12:17 PM - Post#1157468    
    In response to wagonman100

6H1 code !! There were JUST too many of those 75 El-Lagunas to be a fluke!!

Ripstick is the man, what a re-debut!!


74 Laguna S3 Project

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Butcher 318 
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05-04-07 06:21 PM - Post#1157683    
    In response to 74LagunaS3

Very cool information.

http://www.hemmings.com/mus/stories/2006/11/0 1/hmn...


 
74MonteCarlo 
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05-04-07 06:36 PM - Post#1157696    
    In response to Butcher 318

Agreed.



 
Chevellegirl 
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05-06-07 04:12 AM - Post#1158508    
    In response to Ripstick

OMG...maybe it's just my "yellow fetish", but I love your buddy's car! I always joked with Doc about painting our Gooney yellow to match my 70 Malibu and he said that was too much car for yellow... but I really like the paint scheme on that 73...

Thanks for sharing the info and pics!

Jacki

(BTW, Weclome back!)


Doc's Wife/Chevellegirl/Spiral
My 70 Chevelle Malibu & Doc's 76 Laguna S-3 & my 2004 Chevy Colorado
www.73-77chevelles.com
(Doc & Spiral's 73-77 Chevelle Page)


 
wagonman100 
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05-06-07 04:39 AM - Post#1158523    
    In response to Chevellegirl

I think the mustardy yellow with the black is the key. My buddy has a '77 that is bright Corvette yellow and I don't like it. He has black SS stripes onit too which also makes me not like it as much. I don't think those stripes look good on that body style, but that's just my opinion. He had the car silver at one time and it looked fantastic, but it had those stripes on it then too, which threw it off to me. I like the way that '73 looks.

Jay
Friends don’t let friends drive Fords.

1999 Silverado Z71 4X4 extra-cab short bed
1983 Malibu Fauxmad - tubbed
1978 El Camino Kustomized
1972 Monte Carlo
1957 210 handyman wagon
1957 Nomad sport wagon
1957 Cameo Carrier


 
Ripstick 
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05-06-07 12:08 PM - Post#1158827    
    In response to Chevellegirl

  • 74LagunaS3 Said:
6H1 code !! There were JUST too many of those 75 El-Lagunas to be a fluke!!

Ripstick is the man, what a re-debut!!



Thanks Frank! But then again... you knew I wouldn't let you guys down.

  • Chevellegirl Said:
OMG...maybe it's just my "yellow fetish"...


(In my best Looney Tunes voice) Hmmmm, couuuuuld beeeee.

  • Chevellegirl Said:

Thanks for sharing the info and pics!

Jacki

(BTW, Welcome back!)




Anytime, and thanks Jacki! It's great to see that you're still here hanging out with the boys.

Please feel free to update Doc's site with this info. It's about time we finally put this mystery to rest -- but what a great mystery it was!

As far as my buddies 1973 Malibu SS, it's actually called LIGHT ORANGE (Code 61), which is why it looks so much better than your typical 'Competition Yellow' as seen on Corvettes of the same vintage. On a personal note, I absolutely LOVE this color on his car -- it really pops! The SS 454 4-Speed options are just bonuses.

Rick "Ripstick" http://www.Route73.com


 
73ss454 
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05-07-07 10:59 AM - Post#1159533    
    In response to Ripstick

Nice Light Orange color. While we're at it, here is my 73 SS with factory color Chamois (Code 56).





 
74MonteCarlo 
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05-08-07 11:22 AM - Post#1160383    
    In response to 73ss454

Sweet Chevelle

Awesome color!



 
77xlandau 
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05-09-07 10:39 PM - Post#1161572    
    In response to 73ss454

Really like the chamois color on your SS. I always dig seeing Chevelles in these unusual factory colors - couldn't have been many SSs painted that color. Then, over the course of 30+ years, often somewhere along the line in the chain of ownership, someone will repaint it in a more common color (black, silver, red, etc).

To me, this car is way more interesting because it's the first SS I've ever seen in this color. In an earlier post, someone posted pics of an olive green SS with Cragars. Same situation - never saw one before.



 
73ss454 
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05-10-07 10:49 AM - Post#1161878    
    In response to 77xlandau

Thanks for the comments. Based on the color alone, my wife gets more attention than my 454 car does. Its ok, she loves every minute of it :-)



 
Ripstick 
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05-12-07 09:29 AM - Post#1163103    
    In response to 73ss454

Hey Chris,

Nice chamois 1973 SS! I think I recall you picking that up shortly before I fell of the boards here for a while. It definitely pairs up nicely with your silver 1973 SS. The sight must be hella awesome seeing those two driving together!

Oh yeah... here's another shot of my friends light orange 1973 SS from just about the same angle as yours...





Rick "Ripstick" http://www.Route73.com


 
73ss454 
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05-15-07 12:44 PM - Post#1165325    
    In response to Ripstick

Rick,

Its cool to see these obscure colors and the unique things from the factory. I mentioned to my wife that I'm going to be the guy in 15 years from now that will have one 73 Chevelle SS of each factory color. Based on this COPO car, that may be almost impossible to achieve. Is this one for sale?

Chris



 
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