AJ's Car of the Day 1970 Chevrolet Yenko Deuce Nova

Car: Chevrolet Yenko Deuce Nova

Year: 1970

What makes it special: At the height of the muscle car era, several dealerships targeted performance fans with the Yenko Chevrolet dealership in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania being one such dealer. When increasing insurance rates made it tough for buyers to insure their 427 V8 equipped models, Yenko went in a different direction, with a new solid-lifter, 350 inch LT-1 V8 equipped Nova. It was marketed as "The Insurance Beater." 

What made it famous: Its 360 hp, LT-1 four-bolt 350 V8,( the same model found in the '70 Z/28 Camaro), with 11:1 compression, solid-lifter cam, and Holley 780-cfm carb on a factory aluminum intake manifold. Manual transmission models came with a Hurst-shifted, M21 4-speed, and a hood-mounted tach., and 4.10 gears. 

Why I would want one: It's not only a fun car to drive, but it has a great look, from the Yenko stripes and badging, to that hood mounted tachometer.

Fun fact: The Chevrolet Yenko Deuce was one of the most popular of the high-performance offerings from Yenko Sports cars. 

( 1970 Chevrolet Yenko Deuce Nova photo from impalass427.com )