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  • 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro
  • 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro
  • 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro
  • 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro
  • 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro
  • 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro
  • 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro

1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro

Lot No. 4124

Auctioned on Saturday, September 3, 2011

Showing just over 5,500 miles from new!

High Bid of $235,000

Don Yenko inked a deal with Chevrolet utilizing COPO Number 9561 to secretly supply Yenko Sports Cars with iron-block 427 equipped Camaros from the factory, meaning no more pesky engine transplants, which meant faster turnaround and a larger profit. Cars began arriving at Yenko’s Canonsburg, Pennsylvania shop in January of 1969. Delivered with a standard 4.10 Code BE 12-bolt live rear axle and heavy duty suspension, J52 power disc/rear drum brakes and 14x7-inch stamped steel wheels with dog dish hubcaps. Also included was the ZL2 cowl induction hood, dual rear exhausts, Code 711 black vinyl bucket seat interior, and a 140-mph speedometer. Yenko’s shop would install the distinctive graphics in 3M black or white vinyl (reportedly local youths were paid $5 per car to install the graphics), a D80 front spoiler (and optional Z/28 rear spoiler), 427 and Yenko exterior emblems, Stewart-Warner auxiliary gauges and a 7,000-rpm tachometer, a center-mounted fuel gauge and Code YH 15x7 Rally Wheels or optional Atlas 5-spoke mags on which were mounted E70x15 Goodyear bias ply tires. Optional was a black vinyl roof. The car (and secret) was literally . . . out the door for about $4,700 before extras.

Initially, 100 cars were specified for 1969 but orders continued. A total of 171 four-speed manual transmission-equipped Camaros were built, with another 30 receiving automatic transmissions. They were dubbed, simply, Yenko Super Cars or Yenko/SC. Automatics received the milder 410-hp unit, while four-speeds were blessed with the 450-hp version of the “big-block” 427. The four-speed cars were equipped with solid-lifter versions of the L-72 which provided the 40-hp boost. Both versions shared an 11:1 compression ratio, aluminum intake manifold, cowl induction hood and factory headers. Cars included the Muncie M-21 four-speed along with a choice of axle ratios and standard Positraction to put the power to the pavement. And that they did!

Showing just over 5,500 miles from new the example offered here is the recipient of a high-quality frame-off restoration that was completed to original standards, and remains in exceptional condition. Complete with the proper paint stencil markings under the hood, and with excellent door, hood, and trunk fit, it is apparent that the restoration was carried out with a careful attention to detail. Featuring front power disc brakes and rear drums this example also comes equipped with the rear Z/28 spoiler, correct Delco AM radio, dual exhaust, bucket seats, and an 8,000 rpm Stewart Warner tachometer that is mounted by the steering column. Riding on 15” Rally wheels that are shod with Goodyear Polyglas tires this example has been garage kept and as it has been properly cared for and maintained it is offered in excellent running and driving condition.

Finished in the desirable color combination of Hugger Orange with a black interior this example features a four-speed manual transmission, which translates to the high 450hp motor, as opposed to the 410hp automatic transmission variant. Even though there was a considerably less amount of automatics produced, 30 versus 171 to be exact, it is the high-horsepower four-speed examples such as this that command a premium in today’s collector car market. This documented example comes complete with a Yenko Certificate (#Y21943) verifying its authenticity. Ready to show or drive it would make a great addition to any important muscle car collection and would be equally at home on the show field or on the streets of the famed Woodward Avenue in the Motor City. It remains one of the finest examples extant and we invite close inspection.