Yenko Camaro

TGrowden

Pimpama, Australia

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The Yenko Super Camaro was a modified Chevrolet Camaro prepared by Yenko Chevrolet, under the command of Don Yenko. The originals were all first-generation Camaros. When the Camaro debuted, a General Motors corporate edict prevented it from carrying an engine larger than 400 in³ (6.6 L) V8; this put the Camaro at a serious disadvantage to the Ford Mustang, Plymouth Barracuda and the Dodge Dart since neither Ford nor Plymouth/Dodge had a such a limit. Don Yenko, however, knew there was a market for an ultra powerful Camaro and found ways around the GM limit.
For 1969, the dealership worked with Chevrolet to have the L-72 engines installed on the factory assembly line using a Central Office Production Order, or COPO. The orders included power disc brakes, a 4.10 Positraction rear end, a stronger front stabilizer, and a heavy-duty 4-core aluminum radiator. Buyers of the car had the option of either the M-21 four speed or the Turbo Hydramatic 400 automatic transmission. A total of 201 cars were sold in 1969, 171 with four speed transmissions and 30 with automatic transmissions. Yenko rounded out the visual package with front and rear spoilers, a cowl-induction hood, special “Yenko 427” badges, twin stripes down the flanks and hood, and the sYc (Yenko Super Car) badge. According to the Camaro Research Group, standard black interior (code 711) was the only interior ordered by Yenko. However, many Yenko tribute cars have a white interior.

Almost 40 years later, these Camaros have been appraised and sold for well over $2.2 million USD at Barrett-Jackson auctions. As of sep 2008, there are 2 known automatic transmission 1969 Yenko Camaro’s. as stated by ESPN auction show.

As of Jan 17th 2009, a REAL ZL-1 Copo, dark green, re-bodied, went for $290,000 at the Barret Jackson Auto Auction Lot 12773. Mr. October Reggie Jackson was bidding on this car but didn’t win it. Another yellow, original body, non original heads with Auto transmission for $270,000. Both are said to be a steal and the deals of the show.

Taken at the 2010 Coomera Custom Car Show with a Pentax K200D with Pentax DA WR 18-55 zoom @ ISO200, 1/400th and F/8

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