1968 Chevrolet Camaro Yenko Tribute
To Ford fans, Carroll Shelby is the high-priest of performance.
Chevy loyalists revere a Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, car dealer named
Don Yenko. Yenko had a deserved reputation for driving, building,
and selling dominating Chevrolets, starting in '65 with
well-crafted super Corvairs. He advanced to installing 427ci
Corvette V-8s in '67 and '68 Camaros, performing 118 of the
transplants. These $4,200 ponies ran in the low 13's right off his
And quite as rare, and not nearly as valuable as the original but
this one has some superpower under the hood...a consignor stated
427ci V8 with lots of goodies much like the original. Built to
exacting standards with many authentic and NOS parts, this nut and
bolt build was wrapped up approximately a year ago and now is ready
to be enjoyed. You can even drive this one every day as it can sit
in traffic and god forbid if something happens just get it fixed.
All wrapped up and looking amazingly just like the original, and
when shown it is very difficult to discern that this indeed is a
With this unassuming original Camaro look, you may pass it right
by, however upon closer inspection, that Butternut Yellow in
beautiful condition, miles deep and buffed to perfection, sports
some correct Yenko badges in the form of a red white and blue
shield on the fenders along with the Camaro SS badging just below.
These badges are split by the half wrap nose stripe in black that
crosses the header panel, dives down the fenders and makes an
abrupt turn rearward, gently diminishing to a point at the rear of
each door. The correct Yenko dual scooped hood resides between the
fenders and leads back to the clean passenger compartment glass
which is highlighted by the flawless black vinyl roof. Beautiful
stainless trimmings surround this roof and fore and aft chrome
bumpers are excellent. A small spoiler resides just above the
blacked out and badge bedecked tail panel which also holds the
standard issue tail lights. Just below is the rear roll pan
equipped with snappy add-on bumper guards. The paint presents at
the deep end of the pool and gaps are well maintained throughout
with nary a sign of rust to be seen. Correct 14" Pontiac Rally II
wheels adorn the corners and are wrapped in red stripe BF Goodrich
Fully restored, it is hard to find any fault on this interior. Nice
black door panels have shiny cranks, blingy delineation strips,
nifty black padded vinyl armrest in the center. Beautiful bomber
style low back buckets are draped in black vinyl floating in a sea
of unmarked nice black carpet. The carpeting covers the hump
between the clean buckets and a Hurst shifter is poking its wand up
from the sea of black and is ready to stir some gears. A simple
dash hangs above said and sports a trio of Yenko SW gauges, the
factory AM radio, and chrome heater slides. In front of the driver
is the factory correct black plastic SS badged 3 spoke steering
wheel atop a fixed position column. This fronts the deeply inset
duo of gauges with the speedometer on the left and fuel gauge on
the right. A Yenko SW tachometer is just to the right and down low
of the factory cluster. A tight black headliner hangs above and
displays well with the working dome light.
The real treat of this tribute lies under the dual scooped hood.
The star of the show is a 427ci V8 bathed in its reddish/orange
glory. This mighty mill produces a consignor stated 450+hp thanks
in part to the aluminum intake manifold and 4bbl carburetor perched
atop. Chrome is on dressing up the valve covers and air cleaner
assembly lid and we note correct clamps for the supple hoses
throughout the bay. Backing up this beautifullydone engine is a
Muncie M20 4-speed manual transmission which sends power back to a
12 bolt rear axle weighing in with a 3.73 ratio and
Stunningly clean and beautiful underneath with jet black frame,
floor pans, rust free suspension, and like new dual exhaust. Our
consignor states that during the build the original floor pans and
truck pan were retained as they were rust free. Independent coil
springs suspension for the front, and leaf springs for the rear.
Power disc brakes are up front, and power drums are on the rear.
Ceramic coated headers and Flowmaster mufflers assist with the
exhale and are looking nearly new.
This car is a handful for sure and compounding this are the narrow
tires, but once accustomed to the acceleration this car drives and
handles nicely considering the power. The car accelerated at a
breakneck pace and stopped nicely. We noted that thefront parking
lights and tail lights did not illuminate and the horn did not
blow,otherwise it was a great ride that may or may not have caused
a small streak in myHanes.
Sometimes in life the original is not attainable. Whether it be due
to scarcity, price, or geolocation, all is not lost. Inventive
builders, such as our consignor, have you covered with tribute
cars. All the wow-factors of the original but this one in
particular with more power, a near flawless build execution and a
perfect undercarriage. No fear of devaluing or ruining an original,
you better hurry up and make your move and this one won't last long
and will soon be adorning another muscle car lover's garage. I'd
certainly love to receive this in my trick or treat bucket.
37-2 Door Hardtop Sport Coupe
N-Norwood, OH Assy Plant
484457-Sequential Unit Number
03B-2nd Week March Build
ST 68 12437-1968 Camaro 2 Door Hardtop Sport Coupe
BDY NOR94089-Norwood Body #
TR 712-Standard Black Vinyl Buckets
PNT Y2-Butternut Yellow, Black Top
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with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle
barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown,
Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia
on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is
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