- Frame off restoration
- Yenko striping package
- Period-correct 427cid V8
- Muncie M21 4-speed manual
- 12-bolt rear / 3.73 gears
- Power disc/drum brakes
When the terms “big block” and “Camaro” meet, a good time is pretty much guaranteed. Throw in the Yenko name and some of the most instantly recognizable accessories in Camaro history and you end with a tire-melting conversation-starting F-body that just about everyone will stop to take a look at. This top notch Yenko tribute is a complete, road ready big block car which features a period-correct 427, an original black vinyl interior, correct exterior paint and a fresh frame off restoration. If you're one of those buyers who values absolute authenticity, we can certainly accommodate you but, if you're one of the growing number of enthusiasts who wants to actually enjoy the performance, look, and value of the storied Yenko name, this '69 Camaro is your opportunity to forgo the time, headache and six figure cost of building one yourself.
This car's history begins in December of 1969 when it rolled off GM's Norwood, Ohio assembly line. The Fisher body wore a fresh coat of code 61 Burnished Brown while the interior carried the beloved code 711 standard black interior. While the interior stays true to its roots, the exterior traded in its subtle brown hue in favor of something a little sunnier. Across the laser straight body, a slick coat of Hugger Orange now commands attention. The paintwork not only presents well but highlights every crisp line the car's design has to offer. Across that paintwork the infamous Yenko striping package lets everyone know this is no mild-mannered small block car. Over the rear wheels, the stripes feature a correct overlap that, according to several sources, Yenko switched to in '69 so the same stripe could be used on both Camaros and Chevelles. The quality paintwork and striping pairs with impressive panel fitment to give this car a properly finished look from all angles.
As most of you already know, Yenko Camaros were not traditional Super Sport or Rally Sport cars. Instead, they were base model F1s that Don Yenko ordered in batches with various cosmetic trim and appearance upgrades. The exterior of this highly detailed tribute is most similar to the first batch of 50 COPO cars delivered to Yenko Chevrolet in mid-January 1969. At the front of the car, a gray painted grille wrapped in stainless trim is framed by modern halogen headlights. Below, a show-quality chrome bumper hangs alongside clear parking lights and a D80-stlyle chin spoiler. Above the grille, a crisp “Camaro by Chevrolet” emblem fronts a functional ZL2-style cowl induction hood dressed with bright “427” badges. The car's profile features red, white, and blue Yenko emblems, bright wheel moldings, stainless rocker trim, chrome door handles, chrome simulated vents and corner markers at both ends. When combined with the Hugger Orange paint and white Yenko stripes, the car has a striking look. Around the interior, the greenhouse features clean Soft-Ray glass surrounded by fresh stainless trim. Follow the slope of the back window and it leads to a D80-style rear spoiler perched above 1969-exclusive taillights, a chrome rear bumper and spotless stainless exhaust tips. In the center, a final Yenko emblem sits alongside a third “427” badge to complete the look.
While the exterior of these famed Yenko cars has its own following, what really made the cars special is what lived between their front fenders. Lift the bright orange hood and you'll find a period-correct iron 427 block which has been restored to offer an accurate showroom fresh appearance. The block itself wears a fresh coat of Chevy Orange paint and an appropriate 3963512 casting number. At the top of the block, air flows through an open element air cleaner dressed with a cross-flag 427 emblem. Below, a single Holley four-barrel carburetor sends atomized fuel down through a Winters aluminum intake. At either side, correct 840 heads are topped by chrome valve covers with Yenko decals while factory cast iron exhaust manifolds hang below. Cooling is provided by a Yenko-spec Harrison radiator which sends water through reproduction GM hoses held in place with fresh tower clamps. Across from the radiator, the alternator, power steering pump and fan all run off engine power. The satin black engine compartment features all the correct paint daubs, chalk marks and decals that, when paired with the tagged Delco battery and factory windshield washer tank, will make you want to show this bay every chance you get.
Put this Camaro on a lift and a sturdy looking undercarriage comes into view. Covered primarily in a mix of satin and gloss black paint, you won't have to spend hours polishing everything after hitting the back roads. In the center, a trusty Muncie M21 four-speed manual transmission offers full control over the big block while a 12-bolt rear with 3.73 gears puts that power to the pavement. The differential case and a handful of other components wear accurately recreated inspection marks for some bonus show points. At either side of the driveline, a stainless dual exhaust system runs the length of the car, terminating at either side of the fresh stainless fuel tank. Around the drivetrain, the suspension remains in stock form with double A-arms up front, leaf springs out back and brand new shocks all around. When the road gets twisty, the advantages of power steering are matching by the confidence of power-assisted brakes with discs up front and drums in the rear. At the corners, era-correct 15-inch American Racing Torque Thrust D wheels with Yenko center caps are wrapped in fresh F60-15 Polyglas tires for a vintage look and feel.
As mentioned, the car began life with a code 711 standard black interior. Today, all the right pieces are still in place. Seating is provided by standard bucket seats wrapped in black vinyl with bold “sYc” decals now residing on the headrests. Between the seats, you won't find a console - just fresh black carpet with a cut out for the chrome Muncie shifter handle. At either side, clean black standard door panels offer stainless trim, paired with chrome door pulls and window cranks. From the driver seat, a familiar squared '69 Camaro dash offers stock instrumentation including a correct 140mph speedometer, tach and fuel gauge. Below the center of the dash, aftermarket oil pressure and water temperature gauges rest within in a polished housing. Control of the front wheels is offered through a factory tilt column, topped with a rosewood accented three-spoke steering wheel. To the right of the wheel, controls for the climate control system and AM radio take up most of the available real estate. Above the cabin, a taut black headliner spans the length of the roof, accented by a dome light and twin sun visors. Behind the rear seat, a stock-appearing trunk hosts a correct trunk mat, space-saver spare and all the usual roadside accessories.
Included in the sale is a reproduction owner's manual that covers all the finer points of your new Chevrolet in 1960's GM marketing speak.
If a standard Camaro simply won't do, this high-quality Yenko is the perfect solution. Building one to the show-worthy level of this car will cost a lot more than our asking price and, even if you started today, it would be at least a year before it started to resemble a finished car. Give in to temptation and let this exclusive Camaro show you exactly what instant gratification is all about!
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