Scottsdale, Arizona (November 7, 2012) – The brainchild of Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania’s Don Yenko, one of America’s premier Chevrolet racers and high-performance dealers, the Yenko Camaro remains one of the quickest and most-coveted supercars of all time. Just 198 were built for 1969, courtesy of Chevy’s infamous COPO pipeline with the 427/425 L72 engine at their core. Only 28 were originally equipped with automatic transmission. While small in numbers, Yenko’s monstrous Camaros ruled the street and strip, epitomizing Chevrolet performance. Today, no serious high-performance collection is truly complete without one.
This exceptional Fathom Green example was one of the Yenkos originally ordered with power steering and it was delivered to Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Grossman Chevrolet when new. Today, it clearly benefits from a complete, award-winning restoration by Omaha, Nebraska’s Flying "A" Restoration with no expense spared and only the best GM and NOS parts used. Little rust was in evidence, indicating the car was not winter-driven. NOS GM rear quarter panels replaced the radiused original units and only minor bodywork was needed with no work required to the floor. While the original L72 427 had been replaced by a small-block at some point, the original distributor and alternator remained, as well as such other key original components as the completely rebuilt and refinished bare aluminum Turbo 400 transmission and 4.10:1 rear end, retaining its special Positraction unit and high-impact ’69-dated gears.
A standard-bore 512 short block from a ‘69 427/435 Corvette was installed, which was completely rebuilt using new, all-original GM parts including standard-bore TRW 11:1 forged pistons and a new GM solid-lifter cam. The block was decked, the proper broach marks were put on the block, and the original numbers were stamped by an NCRS judge on both the deck and by the filter pad. All engine components are correct and properly dated including the 4346 Holley carburetor, smog pump, and hose clamps. The original Hurst Dual/Gate shifter and Stewart-Warner gauges were restored as well, every nut and bolt, if not original, was replaced with correct refinished units, and other details extend to such unseen items as the window regulators.
Once completed, the Yenko won multiple awards, beginning at the World of Wheels where it won Outstanding Restored, followed by the Supercar Showcase at Vettefest in Chicago, winning Top Gun for best-restored car. There, it also won a Gold Spinner, awarded only to cars scoring 980 points or more out of a possible 1,000 - this Yenko earned 995 points in testament to its quality and authenticity. In addition, experts Ed Cuneen of COPO Connection and Vince Emmi of Minneapolis have verified it as an original example. All original Yenko serial numbers are in the public domain and posted at www.yenko.net, with this car listed there for reference.
Impeccably restored and incredibly rare, this multiple award-winning Yenko Camaro is believed one of, if not the best of its breed in the country. Accordingly, it will continue to be a top contender for top honors wherever it goes, marking a fantastic opportunity for collectors.
For further supporting documentation, high-resolution images or more information on this 1969 Yenko Camaro, please contact Stephanie Quinn at Stephanie@russoandsteele.com.