Enthusiasts Street Racing Legend 1969 Yenko Camaro 427 Found Parked Since 1979

19:17  07 december  2017
19:17  07 december  2017 Source:   HOT ROD

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Car Craft Barn Finds . Rare Yenko Camaro Found Parked Since 1979 ! He was aware of a 1969 Yenko Camaro a close friend was currently racing in NHRA Super Stock. Only 201 1969 Camaros were modified at Don Yenko ’s Chevrolet dealership and sold throughout the country.

Street Racing Legend 1969 Yenko Camaro 427 Found Parked Since 1979 . The Southeast Gassers Association attacks the track at Brainerd Motorsports Park in Ringgold, Georgia. Big burnouts, dry hops and wheelstands galore!

Jeff Etchison was a senior in high school in 1974 living in Elwood, Indiana and working part-time pouring concrete. No stranger to the street racing scene, Jeff was currently driving a bone-stock, 325 hp 1968 Chevelle SS396. One night after getting a good look at the taillights of a highly-modified 1970 Mustang Boss 302, Jeff decided it was time to go looking for a much hotter car to street race.

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That dealer was Yenko Chevrolet, and the SYC (Super Yenko Camaro ) Camaros were legends in their own time, both on the street and the drag strip. He had built and sold a variety of conversions at his dealership since the early 1960s, and had been doing 427 Camaro conversions since Chevrolet

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Jeff was a very frugal teenager who had saved a lot of money. He was aware of a 1969 Yenko Camaro a close friend was currently racing in NHRA Super Stock. He contacted his friend and made an offer. The negotiations were short lived, and Jeff bought the Camaro for an unbelievable sum of $3,900.00 in 1974. Keep in mind this was just after the gas crisis, which began in October of 1973, and these gas-guzzling beasts had been deemed worthless due to the high cost of fuel. But Jeff was no dummy; he understood the Yenko Camaro's muscle car status and rarity.

"Jeff immediately began burning up the road, racing the Camaro all over town and was quickly known as the fastest car around," says Greg Ebbert. He is a long-time Elwood, Indiana local and knew of Etchison's Camaro. "People would trailer their cars to Elwood, Indiana from all over the country and search out Jeff's Camaro to compete in battles," Ebbert says. "As far as I know Etchison's Camaro never lost a single race."

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Bill Hunter was extremely happy with his second 427 Yenko Camaro . In 1969 , all Yenko Camaros started life using a Central Office Production Order (COPO). Life With Bill. The Yenko didn’t see a dull moment during the first years of life. Bill street - raced the car initially, but in the early 1970s he

The COPO Camaro 's. Yenko Chevrolet and COPO 9561. Perhaps the best know of the racing dealers is Don Yenko , from It is not known exactly how many Yenko Camaros were made in 1969 . Since these cars could be ordered by any dealer there were many more COPO's built for other dealers.

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After many incidents with the very lenient authorities and the possibility of losing his driver's license, Jeff decided to retire the Camaro in 1979 and park the car. He placed the Camaro on jack stands and decided to concentrate on preserving the car because of its rarity and significance to the muscle car era. The Camaro hasn't seen the road since.

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This is a ultra rare 1969 Yenko sYc Camaro that is a very limited production vehicle equipped from the factory as a double COPO 9561, high performance package including a L72 427 /425hp engine and was specifically engineered for drag racing competition and the 9737 which is the sports car

That dealer was Yenko Chevrolet, and the SYC (Super Yenko Camaro ) Camaros he created were legends in their own time, both on the street and He had built and sold a variety of conversions at his dealership since the early 1960s, and had been doing 427 Camaro conversions since Chevrolet

During the late '60s, Don Yenko owned and operated a Chevrolet dealership located in Cannonsburg, Pennsylvania that specialized in supplying high-performance modifications to factory supercars. These cars were given special decals and emblems that labeled them as "Yenko/SC" for Yenko Supercar. In 1967 and 1968, the Yenko conversions replaced the 396 cubic-inch powered Camaros with the L72 427 engine. In 1969, Mr. Yenko leveraged the 9561 COPO (Central Office Production Order) system to have the L72 427 engine installed at the factory along with a standard 4.10 ratio posi-traction axle and an additional COPO 9737 package also known as the sports car conversion.

The COPO 9737 sports car conversion package consisted of a 140 mph speedometer, 1-inch front anti-sway bar and 15x7 inch wheels with Goodyear F70 Polyglas Wide Track GT tires. All 1969 Yenko Camaros carried a standard black interior and were only available in six colors: Hugger orange, Daytona yellow, Olympic gold, LeMans blue, Fathom green, and Rallye green. Other Yenko additions included a Stewart-Warner 8,000 rpm tachometer, special Yenko striping decals, and under-dash gauges. Some models assembled later in the model year were equipped with a factory in-dash tachometer and center fuel gauge cluster.

1969 Chevrolet Camaro lives again as a gorgeous restoration

  1969 Chevrolet Camaro lives again as a gorgeous restoration Chevrolet’s Central Office Production Order (COPO) system was originally designed to enable short assembly-line production runs with equipment or paint schemes not normally available to the general public. Think police cars, taxicabs, that sort of thing. But it wasn't long after the dawn of the muscle car that enterprising Chevrolet dealers like Fred Gibb, Bill Thomas, and Don Yenko used the COPO system to build factory hot rods, stuffing big-inch motors into lightweight platforms like the Nova, Camaro, and Chevelle.

Personally, I thought that this Yenko Camaro was the nicest Camaro of the whole meet, but since Posi-traction rear end, front disc brakes and heavy-duty suspension, the Yenko 427 was every Camaro drag racer ’s or street racer ’s dream 1969 Nickey Camaro at Russo and Steele Scottsdale 2017.

This 1969 Yenko Nova was a car described by Don Yenko in one of his last interviews as “a beast, almost lethal, a car that they It was built with a transplanted 427 motor as Yenko did with the 1967 and 1968 Camaros . Of course it was with racing slicks, but few other modifications were necessary.

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Only 201 1969 Camaros were modified at Don Yenko's Chevrolet dealership and sold throughout the country. Yenko Chevrolet kept the records to the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) numbers to all 201 models as well as records documenting exterior color and transmission type to most of the 201 units. According to these records, 171 units were equipped with manual transmission and only 30 units were equipped with an automatic transmission. This detailed information that was documented by Yenko Chevrolet is now published by various sources and is very helpful in identifying an authentic Yenko Camaro.

According to these records and the data plate, Jeff's Camaro was assembled during the first week of July 1969 at the Norwood, Ohio assembly plant. The original color was Fathom green with black bucket-seat interior and automatic transmission. This makes Jeff's Yenko Camaro 1 of only 30 equipped with automatic transmission and 1 of only 7 Fathom green automatics.

After beginning to resurrect the Camaro himself and nearly 45 years of storage and preservation of his ultra rare street racing legend Camaro, Jeff Etchison passed away on May 14th, 2017. The car was sold to a well deserving close acquaintance of Etchison's family and is currently undergoing a full restoration.

When a certain level of wisdom is attained, we begin to understand that we are never really the owners of certain property but merely the caretakers for generations to come. We commend Jeff for having the wisdom and insight to save and preserve such a rare piece of muscle car history for future generations to enjoy.

If you have a rare find to share, email pnichols26@yahoo.com or follow him on Facebook or Youtube at Patrick Glenn Nichols Musclecar Barn Finds.

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