What is a Yenko Camaro?
Don Yenko is a former race car driver who owned a Chevrolet dealership in Pennsylvania. In 1967, he upgrades Camaros from dealer stocks. Pulling the 396 V8 then replacing it with L72 427 was his favorite thing to do. The team regards the high compression L72 version of the 427, rated at 435 HP as the engine of choice from 1966 through 1969.
They had to remove the default engine installed when Yenko Chevy started to upgrade the first generation Camaros in 1967. This means that the car was no longer a matching number automobile, you can verify the authenticity of a 1967 and 1968 Camaro fitted at Yenko Chevrolet.
A total of 108 Camaros are upgraded in 1967 but a huge downfall of numbers in 1968 with only 33. In 1969, the last year of first generation cars, the number of upgraded cars reached an all-time high of 200. Some people say that 201 are the exact count while other says 198 but the real number of cars remains unclear.
Why is the 1969 YSC Camaro Special?
A verified 1967 or 1968 Yenko Camaro can bring more money than the 1969 model because of the small production units but the 1969 model was considered to the best of the best. With the discovery and accomplishment of the COPO system (Central Office Production Order), one of the major differences from the first two years is the L72 427 V-8 is now installed on the factory assembly line.
Limited options are available for the first two years, an example of those are all of the 1967 through 1968 cars, where there were Muncie M-22 Rock Crusher 4 Speed manual. On the 1969 models, you could order 400 Turbo Hydromatic automatic transmissions, power disc brakes and z-28 front anti-sway bar. Other thing to consider is the fact that Yenko Performance team choose to develop, they learn from their mistakes and each car seemed better than the older ones.
The team had realized that those cars could benefit from a 4 core radiator, a better suspension and a 4.10 Positraction rear differential. The improvements doesn’t just stop with the performance, they also put efforts for the appearance. The team applied front and rear spoilers, a cowl-induction hood, larger decals and a special “Yenko 427” badges. They also applied the things they learned from the YFC 1969 Chevrolet Super Sport Chevelle.
According to ESPN auction show, as of September 2008, there are only two known automatic transmission 1969 Yenko Camaros remaining.