1969 Yenko Chevelle
This 1969 Yenko Chevelle is one of a total of 99 special order factory equipped Chevelles that were ordered by Don Yenko. Special order is a nice way of saying this is a COPO or otherwise a Central Office Production Order. This 1969 Yenko Chevelle was special ordered as a COPO so it could be equipped with the L72 427 450 horsepower engine along with other special performance equipment from the factory. Having all this equipment installed at the factory was a huge savings to Don Yenko as he did not have to assign a significant amount of work to his dealership mechanics, and thus reducing the total costs.
Here’s a peak at the factory installed L72 427 engine which has been lightly modified for drag racing duty.
This particular 1969 Yenko Chevelle has only 1200 original miles. Yes, that’s right, just a little over a thousand miles! 1/4 mile at a time? Who knows. It has most of its original Butternut Yellow exterior paint and it’s a bench seat 4-speed car. It was originally shipped from Yenko Chevrolet to Jack Douglas Chevrolet in Hinsdale Illinois.
So out of the total of 99 1969 Yenko Chevelles built, 55 of them were equipped with 4-speed transmissions, bench seats, and standard steering. The total number of Butternut Yellow cars is at 16. As far as the breakdown of the number of Butternut Yellow 4-speed bench seat cars are concerned, those numbers are not currently available. But it is safe to say that this particular 1969 Yenko Chevelle is from an extremely low number of original cars ever built.
Don Yenko used the COPO system to order Chevelles, but I need to let you know that this is actually a double COPO car. This 1969 Yenko Chevelle is a COPO 9562 which includes the factory 427, 4-speed, 4.10 posi-traction rear end, and the J52 front disc brakes. It is also a COPO 9737 which is the Yenko Sports car Conversion Package which included special F70x15-inch Goodyear Wide Tread GT tires which were mounted on 7-inch wide Rally wheels, thus making this a double COPO Chevelle. Those factory wheels and tires have long since been replaced with track duty aluminum wheels and drag racing tires. What makes this 1969 Yenko Chevelle special is that it is a two owner car and it is complete with its original Protect-O-Plate, original window sticker, original dealer invoice, copy of original title and insurance application.
Yenko Chevelles and Yenko Camaros are two of my most favorite Muscle Cars here on MuscleCarLife, so I am going to spread my information out over several articles, so keep checking back with my posts for new updated articles on all the special COPO and non COPO cars that were graced by Don Yenko.
Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions.