The Few, the Proud, the Yenko Super Camaros.
This 1969 Chevrolet “Yenko Super Camaro” was literally a barn-yard find.
The owner was in search of a first generation Camaro to strip and gut to make into a drag-racing chassis. In 1984, he found this Camaro under tarps next to a barn in Northern Indiana. It was a running 1969 Camaro with surprisingly a factory-installed big-block 427 engine with 4-on-the-floor and a Positrack rear-end. The car needed some work but the body was all good and straight and painted in all-grey primer.
There were no emblems, decals or any other immediately visible markings setting this car apart.
Just before he was about to tear-out the back-seat and rear-wheel inside fender-wells, he was contracted by Vince Emme who was a Yenko car collector, who had tracked him down by tracing ownership of the VIN#. It was then he learned his car was actually a Yenko Super Camaro.
The Super Yenkos were race-modified Chevrolet Camaro Chevelle and Novas done by the Yenko Chevrolet dealership outside Pittsburgh, Penn., in Cannonsburg from 1967 through 1969.
The Yenko Super Camaros were produced from 1967-1969. They were equipped with the
Corvette L72 427 engine, power disc brakes, spoilers, cowl-induction hood, a 4.10 Positraction rear-end with gears that were heat treated for strength, a bigger front sway bar, and a heavy-duty 4-core radiator. They were available with either the Muncie M-21 4-speed or the Turbo Hydramatic-400 automatic transmission. In 1969, 201 cars were produced, 171 with a 4-speed transmission. And that’s exactly what this car has, now restored to factory condition.
After fully learning the history of the Yenkos and realizing what he had, this car was never cut into. In fact the opposite happened, because it was totally restored mechanically with the engine and transmission rebuilt. It was then painted its factory-blue and complimented with the Yenko designation and striping.
It is now driven and displayed proudly at car-shows and cruise-ins all over Indiana. The Few, the Proud, the Yenko Super Camaros.