Chevrolet Yenko Camaro RS SS
The Yenko Camaro holds a special place in the history of Chevrolet’s pony car. First produced in 1967, the Yenko Camaro answered the demand for a big block Camaro with enough cubic inches and power to take on the much higher-displacement Ford Cobra Jet and Chrysler Hemi engines. With Corvette’s L72 427 CI big block under the special fiberglass hood, a four-speed transmission, 4.10 Positraction rear end, front disc brakes and heavy-duty suspension, the Yenko 427 was every Camaro drag racer’s dream come true. As ubiquitous as they seemed at the time thanks to contemporary wall-to-wall magazine coverage and advertising, only 65 Yenko 427 Camaros rumbled out of Don Yenko’s Canonsburg, Pennsylvania dealership in 1968. Of those hand-built rarities, only 11 were delivered in Rally Sport trim, one of which is offered here in rare Matador Red with Black stripes and a Black vinyl top. Faithfully restored by Chuck Huber of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, this well-known 1968 Yenko 427 Camaro was named the 1992 Muscle Car of the Year by Muscle Car Review. It has also been the subject of five magazine feature articles and appears in the book “Yenko: The Man, The Machines, The Legend” by Bob McClurg. It is powered by the L72 427/450 HP engine backed by a Muncie M21 close ratio 4-speed and carries all the signature details: scooped and pinned fiberglass hood, Yenko and 427 badges, Yenko center caps on Pontiac Rally wheels with Redline tires and, in the Black bucket seat interior, a Stewart Warner tach and auxiliary gauges.
Part of the Mecum Auctions event in Indianapolis in May, 2013.
Source: Mecum Auctions