Mecum Auctions will be held this May 17 to 21 in Indianapolis. The auction will feature these five rare Shelbys:
– 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster CSX3295
– 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster CSX2271
– 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback
– 1967 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback with a factory-installed Paxton supercharger
– 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500KR Convertible
Each has their own story but that will be for another day. The star for today is another car that will also be part of the auction. A 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro Automatic.
So what’s so special about this Camaro? Before we can answer that. Let’s first talk about the Yenko Dealership that operated from 1949 up to 1982 that is known for selling highly customized muscle cars. It is at this time that the Camaro joined the pony car era where the Yenko Dealership was most successful. It is believed that the Yenko Dealership sold 201 Yenko Camaros through the COPO (Central Office Production Order) program in 1969.
The 1969 Yenko Camaro isn’t just a hard to find treasure but a rare piece of the Yenko breed as it is one of the thirty vehicles that came equipped with automatic transmissions. It is equipped with the Turbo Hydra-Matic Transmission. This is listed in the Yenko registry to prove its authenticity.
The official name for this bad boy is the Yenko COPO 9651, the main feature of this beast is an L72 427 cu.in. (7-liter) big-block V8 engine. With other exciting features such as the high-lift kit, high-duration solid-lifter cam, aluminum intake manifold, 800 CFM Holley 4-barrel carb, and a compression of 11.0:1, the L72 hidden below the cowl-induction hood produces 425 horsepower and generous amounts of torque.
On the other hand, the COPO 9738 Sports Car Conversion Package includes added power disc brakes in the front, a 140 mph (225 km/h) speedometer, and a 3-gauge cluster under the dashboard. Visual add-ons worth mentioning include a black vinyl roof, D80 front and rear spoilers, a Hurst Dual Gate floor shifter, and Torque Thrust wheels with Yenko caps and F70-15 Goodyear Polyglas rubber.
– Just 30 of the 201 Yenko Camaros manufactured in 1969 were equipped with the Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission
– One of 6 automatic Daytona Yellow 1969 Yenko Camaros known to exist today
– VIN listed in the Yenko Registry
– NCRS Shipping Data Report
– Copy of delivery schedule
– Shipped from Yenko Chevrolet
– Restored to Correct Specifications
– COPO 9561 427/425 HP L72 V-8 engine
– High lift cam, solid lifters
– High rise manifold
– 800 CFM Holley carburetor
– M40 Turbo Hydra-Matic transmission
– Hurst Dual Gate shifter
– BE-code 4.10 Positraction differential
– Heavy duty suspension
– Power steering and brakes
– Daytona Yellow with Black vinyl top
– Special ducted hood
– Front and rear spoilers
– Original Black interior
– 140 MPH speedometer
– Goodyear polyglas tires
The highest bid for this beast is expected to be in the high hundred thousand dollars. A million dollars is also possible as this just a rare classic muscle car. Expect the bidding to go crazy!
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