Always a Chevy guy, Don grew up learning the ropes at his father’s Chevrolet dealership in Pennsylvania. He would later serve as a pilot in the Air Force, so it’s no surprise that his need for speed and love of Chevy vehicles would become one and the same. Yenko took over his father’s Cannonsburg, PA, Chevy dealership, which then became ground zero for his custom Chevy racecars. 1967 & 1968 saw Yenko making SCCA racecars with the Chevy Corvair as the platform. They were lighter and nimbler than the Corvette, but they still weren’t what Don was hoping for. Then in 1969, the new Camaro Z28 caught Don’s eye, and the legendary Yenko Camaro was born.
With close ties to the factory and perhaps a secret set of keys to the Central Office Production Order (COPO) building, Yenko had his ’69 Camaros roll off the factory assembly line with a 4.10 Posi-rear end, beefy sway bars, a heavy-duty four-core radiator, and the option of a four-speed manual or automatic transmission. When Yenko received them in Cannonsburg, each Yenko Camaro was given a special body package, a Yenko 427 badge, and sYc embroidered on the black leather headrests (for Yenko Super Car). The Yenko 427 badge was a nod to the vehicle’s soul, which was a modified 427 big-block V8. Known as the Yenko motor, this V8 was a combination of the 427 short block, with the long block portion consisting of the original 396 heads, intake, and carb – assembled by Don Yenko himself.
Specialty Vehicle Engineering (SVE) is responsible for the 2021 Yenko Camaro, and they are taking orders through participating Chevy dealers. If you are interested, don’t wait. Tell us right now because SVE will only produce 50 Yenko Camaros this year. Their package price starts at just under $70K, not including the donor Camaro, which you can get here at Dyer Chevy in Vero Beach. We’ll do what we can to give you a head start with our Camaro specials, but the rest is up to you! Much like the original, the new Yenko Camaro will feature a monster engine, herculean suspension & thirds, as well as a super-sized cooling system. Here are the details:
The original Yenko Camaro owned the 427 Yenko motor and 4-speed manual transmission. The Yenko Camaro was a modified Camaro Z28 that was prepared by racecar driver Don Yenko and the COPO factory program.
According to a Camaro forum, the ’69 Yenko Camaro used to cost a mere $4400. Recent sales have seen them listed at over $200K with one low-mile example trading hands at Mecum for $285K.
General Marketing Capital owns the rights to license the Yenko name. To mark the 50th Anniversary of the Yenko Camaro, a specially licensed venture picks up where Yenko left off. Having produced only 201 original Yenko Camaros in 1969, this venture begins by selling “new” 1969 Yenko Camaros starting at number plate 202.
If you’re wondering how to get a hold of the new Yenko Camaro for sale, the team at Dyer Chevy near Sebastian, Florida, can help. Call or drop us an email, and we’ll take you through all of the details necessary so that you can be one of fifty lucky enthusiasts to take home the latest piece of Yenko racing history. We realize that the Yenko Camaro might not be for everyone, and that’s ok! The Chevy brand will always inspire you to find new roads, do new things, and discover new ways to fall in love with your daily drive. Our new car dealership near Sebastian is built to help you accomplish that and then some. They say the golden age of the muscle car has come and gone. Consider this the Renaissance.