1968 Yenko Camaro
This 1968 Yenko Camaro and I go a long way back. It was 1992 and I was one of the judges at the National Camaro meet in St. Louis Missouri. I was assigned to the 1969 Z/28 Camaros for judging and this 1968 Yenko Camaro was assigned to another group of judges. Personally, I thought that this Yenko Camaro was the nicest Camaro of the whole meet, but since my memory is not as good as it once was, I can’t remember which Camaro took top honors. But as far as I was concerned, this 1968 Yenko Camaro was the best!
I hope within the next year or so, God willing, to publish a Muscle Car Life magazine with a section on the Yenko Camaros. I have all the stuff. You’ll have to keep checking MuscleCarLife.com for updates, but in the meanwhile, here is a short edited narrative courtesy of Mecum Auctions:
First produced in 1967, the Yenko Camaro answered the demand for a big-block Camaro with enough cubic inches and power to take on the much higher-displacement Ford Cobra Jet and Chrysler Hemi engines. With Corvette’s L72 427 CI big-block under the special fiberglass hood, a 4-speed transmission, 4.10 Posi-traction rear end, front disc brakes and heavy-duty suspension, the Yenko 427 was every Camaro drag racer’s or street racer’s dream come true.
As ubiquitous as they seemed at the time thanks to contemporary wall-to-wall magazine coverage and advertising, only 65 Yenko 427 Camaros rumbled out of Don Yenko’s Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, dealership in 1968. Of those hand-built rarities, only 11 were delivered in Rally Sport trim, one of which is offered here in rare Matador Red with black stripes and a black vinyl top. Faithfully restored by Chuck Huber of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, this well-known 1968 Yenko 427 Camaro was named the 1992 Muscle Car of the Year by “Muscle Car Review.” It has also been the subject of five magazine feature articles and appears in the book “Yenko: The Man, The Machines, The Legend” by Bob McClurg. It is powered by the L72 427/450 HP engine backed by a Muncie M21 close-ratio 4-speed and carries all the signature details: scooped and pinned fiberglass hood, Yenko and 427 badges, Yenko center caps on Pontiac Rally wheels with redline tires and, in the black bucket-seat interior, a Stewart Warner tach and auxiliary gauges.
If you have a chance to see this Yenko Camaro in person, I would really recommend it. You won’t be disappointed! Don’t forget to keep checking back for updates on Muscle Car Life Magazine release dates!
Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions as well.