1967 Yenko Camaro
This 1967 Yenko Camaro is YS-724 and it was originally delivered through Jay Kline Chevrolet of Minneapolis Minnesota. As far as a Yenko Camaro is concerned, it is powered by a 427 cubic inch engine, but it is not the engine that is usually associated with Yenko Camaros. Apparently, the original owner enjoyed highway driving and he wanted a 427 Yenko Camaro that could perform these duties with ease and low maintenance.
Don Yenko offered two 427 engines during the 1967 model year. The solid lifter L72 based 450 horsepower 427 is found in almost every Yenko Camaro, but another 427 engine was available as well. The hydraulic lifter 427 which was based on the 390 horsepower engine was rated at 410 horsepower when installed in a Yenko Camaro. The Yenko Super Camaro specification announcement designated this Yenko Camaro as a Yenko Super Camaro/410 as it received a hydraulic lifter 427 as its powerplant. This particular Yenko Camaro is additionally optioned with heat resistant spark plug wires, chrome valve covers and an open element chrome air cleaner. An extra capacity radiator helps keep this 427 running cool and dual exhausts with deep tone mufflers keep it sounding muscular.
The three speed TH400 automatic transmission was preferred by the original owner along with a 3.07:1 posi-traction rear end gear for enjoyable drives on America’s highways. It’s also optioned with 15 inch rally wheels with G70 wide oval tires. Beneath the wheels and tires are front disc brakes with metallic pads and the rear axle receives some extra stability with traction masters. It rides on a special purpose F41 suspension.
The exterior received a Deep Water Blue paint finish with bright rocker panels and wheel lip moldings, a Super Sport option package, and a Rally Sport option package which included the hideaway headlights. A white bumble bee nose stripe adorns the front of the car along with matching white pin stripes. A Yenko specific stinger hood announces that this is no ordinary Camaro. The interior is bright blue and it’s optioned with the special interior group with a factory floor console which includes a factory floor shifter for the automatic transmission. It received a Yenko full instrumentation package which consisted of a transistorized tachometer, temperature gauge, and an oil pressure gauge. You will find an AM push button radio in the dash as you sit behind the walnut sport steering wheel.
I can only imagine what it was like driving this 1967 Yenko Camaro on America’s highways back in the late sixties and early seventies!
This 1967 Yenko Camaro was restored by Level One Restorations and is shown here at the 2016 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in the Real Day 2 display, next to another Yenko Camaro, a 1968 model, and next to that, a 1969 Yenko 427 Chevelle which was based on the factory COPO option that Don Yenko helped create.
MuscleCarLife was honored to sponsor the Real Day 2 display at the 2016 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals and this Yenko Camaro was just one of hundreds of beautiful cars that are always at the show. Yenko Camaros are very popular at MCACN and here at MuscleCarLife. Keep visiting us for more Yenko articles!