Text courtesy of Mecum Auctions
Perhaps the most well-known and most desirable of the big block Camaros is the 1969 Yenko 427. Racer and world-renowned Chevrolet performance dealer Don Yenko sold 201 of these iconic machines, which followed his famous plan: take an assembly-line Camaro equipped with a four speed, power disc brakes, aluminum 4-core radiator and heavy duty suspension, and pack it with a 450-horsepower L72 427 engine. Finished with front and rear spoilers, a cowl-induction hood, "Yenko 427" badges, special striping and “sYc” identification, there was no mistaking it for anything else on the road.
The very first of 201 1969 Yenko Camaros, this Le Mans Blue coupe was personally used by Don Yenko as the development “mule” and test car. With its Black stripes and factory Rally wheels, it is almost understated in appearance compared to many of these cars, but it still packs that Yenko wallop. Powered by a correct L72 replacement block mated to an M21 4-speed and 12-bolt Positraction rear end, the car is in beautiful condition thanks to an expert restoration performed in 2006. The accompanying documentation includes the original GM shipping orders and the original Yenko Chevrolet bill of sale.
The market has rightly elevated the Yenko 427 to leading status as a collectible, and as the first of that line and having served as its creator’s personal transportation, this beautiful Yenko 427 Camaro is very valuable indeed.