Welcome to my Don Yenko enthusiast site. This Don Yenko site is an unofficial site.
There was a huge Yenko Display at the 2012 Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals MCACN which I photographed and have placed here for your viewing pleasure. Don Yenko had a Chevrolet dealership in Canonsburg Pennsylvania. Many decades ago, he decided to race Corvettes, and he did quite well. After many victories with both small block and big block powered Corvettes, he thought that it would be a great idea to swap the L72 427 engine into the then new 1967 Camaro. As most of you know, the factory limited the maximum engine size in the Camaro to a 396 cubic inch displacement. Since the 427 had the same external dimensions as the 396, the decision was made.
The early 1967 Camaros were only offered with the small block Chevrolet engine, so some professionals were called in to engineer and complete the 427 swaps. Once the 396 became available in the Spring of 1967, the swaps were much easier. Don Yenko even had a dealer network setup for these new SuperCars just as he did for all of his regular passenger cars and trucks.
In 1968, Don simplified the swaps by establishing a COPO ordering system for the Camaros. COPO 9737 was established and several dozen 1968 COPO Camaros were built and delivered to Don Yenko Chevrolet. These Camaros were powered by the factory L78 396/375HP engine, but this engine was removed and replaced with an L72 427/450HP engine. Other unique options, items and features were on the 1968 Yenko COPO Camaros.
Don Yenko upped the ante for the 1969 model year. He agreed to purchase 200 Camaros through the COPO system, but for 1969, these COPO Camaros would have the L72 427 engine installed directly from the factory! COPO 9561 signified the factory 427 installation which also included the ZL2 cowl induction hood, but there was another COPO which Don Yenko requested, COPO 9737. COPO 9737 contained a 140 MPH speedometer, 15X7 Rally Wheels, and a larger front anti-sway bar for improved handling over the standard non-copo 9737 14X7 steel wheels with dog dish hubcaps. Don Yenko ordered his fleet COPO Camaros in 6 colors: Hugger Orange, Daytona Yellow, Rallye Green, Fathom Green, LeMans Blue, and Olympic Gold. At the end of it all, documents suggest that 198 COPO Camaros were purchased by Don Yenko.
Don even felt that there was a need for a 427 Chevelle in the 1969 model year. COPO 9562 allowed 99 COPO Chevelles to be delivered and sold through Yenko Chevrolet.
Getting back to Don’s racing years with Corvettes now. Don raced Corvettes from the late 50s into the 80s. He raced his own cars, and he raced with other drivers over the years. His racing accomplishments eventually earned him a posthumous nomination and enshrinement in 2005 into the National Corvette Museum Hall of Fame.
The most memorable cars that he raced were the Sunray DX L88 Corvettes.
The L88 Corvettes were extremely low production cars and these Sunray DX Corvettes are rarely shown to the public. But you can have a piece of Don Yenko history with your own copy of Corvette Racing Legends, the story of the L88 option package. Don Yenko is displayed numerous times within the book with all of his most popular racing cars. Most people know Don for his COPO Camaros, Chevelles, and Novas, but he was also a major contributor to the racing success of the Corvette.
So if you are a Don Yenko enthusiast, you need to have this book in your collection before they are all sold out. To see some preview pages, click on the book and you can see more in my store.
I have a few dozen books available for mail order purchases.
This is all that I have for now. Please check back with me for updates!
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