AJ’s Car of the Day 1968 Yenko Chevrolet Super Camaro Coupe

AJ’s Car of the Day 1968 Yenko Chevrolet Super Camaro Coupe

Car: Yenko Chevrolet Super Camaro Coupe

Year: 1968

What makes it special: The Yenko Super Camaro was a modified Chevrolet Camaro prepared by Yenko Chevrolet, developed by the dealership owner and racer, Don Yenko. When the Camaro debuted, a General Motors corporate edict prevented it from carrying an engine larger than 400 cu in V8.  Don Yenko and others knew there was a market for a more powerful Camaro and found ways around the GM limit.

What made it famousThe 1968 Yenko Super Camaros started life as Super Sports with a 375hp, L78 396 cu in V8 engine and close ratio 4-speed Muncie transmission. Yenko also ordered the cars with COPO 9737 which included a 140 mph speedometer, a larger 1 1/8th inch front anti-sway bar, and a special Magic Mirror trim tag. Yenko swapped out the factory 396 short-block for the 450hp, L72 427 cu in short-block reusing the rest of the 396 V8 engine’s components including the heads, carburetor, intake manifold, etc. He swapped the stock hood for a twin-snorkel fiberglass hood and added Pontiac’s 14″x6″ steel wheels with special Yenko caps, Yenko emblems gracing the front grill, front fenders and tail panel. 427 emblems were added to the tail panel and front fenders as well. The cars had a Yenko Super Camaro serial-numbered tag in the driver’s side door jamb and Stewart Warner pedestal-mounted tachometer and gauges were installed in the interior. Early cars got a rear spoiler made for Yenko and later cars all got the factory spoilers front and rear. 

Why I would want one: They are low-production street beasts that increase in value every year.

Fun fact: The recognized production number for these cars is approximately 64 converted Camaros. with well less than half of that number known to exist to this day.
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