Classic Car Overview
Back in the late 60s and early 70s, former race car driver and performance expert Don Yenko forged a specialized niche for himself by ordering stock Chevelles, Novas, and Camaros from GM (along with a couple Corvairs and Vegas too, for that matter), then equipping them with upper tier, big block Corvette engines to result in some seriously tough performance machines. Only a small group of 1969 Chevelles received this treatment and of those (reportedly 99) ... very few remain (reportedly 22). So, this 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS Yenko Tribute presents a rare opportunity, as it ably captures both the abilities and spirit of those impressive vintage supercars, but at a mere fraction of the price. A very appealing Candy Apple Red Metallic color covers the exterior, replacing the original Code 59 Frost Green the car was born with and offering aesthetics more in keeping with the original Yenko sensibilities. You get a subtly aggressive, dual cowl scoop hood up front, a wicked raked stance at the profile, and a black vinyl roof up top that gives the car a very grown-up air about it. With a color this rich and dark, you better get the bodywork right, and the fellas that built this A-Body did exactly that setting laser straight lines down the flanks, flush doors, and precise gaps throughout the body. Then they laid down layer after layer of that slick candy paint, and after a few years on the build and more than a handful of accrued show-off miles on the clock, the finish still looks great today. Top driver quality would be an apt description shared by most observers of this 69, with only minor imperfections to speak of in mostly inconspicuous places. The white Yenko sYc graphics on the hood and Yenko/SC stripes running the flanks are decals that were not cleared over, so if the look is a little too loud for your taste, they can be easily removed. However, they do bring great contrast to the red finish, and quite frankly the attention that Yenko regalia brings is worth it alone. All the chrome is in great shape too, adding a little bling to the already bright package, with the mesh grille and bumpers leading the way in the sparkle department. The bucket-seat interior remains mostly standard-issue Chevelle, albeit really fresh, clean and nicely trimmed and augmented with a few modern pieces that really put it over the top. And of course, theres proper Yenko script in the front headrests, just like the real-deal Yenko cars of yore. Basic black is the color of choice in a car like this, and the recent seat covers, door panels with chrome accent strips, and plush black carpets really dress things up inside. The Bowtie aftermarket 3-spoke steering with a fat, easy-to-grip rim is joined on the column by a shifter for the automatic transmission, and they both add a sporty look to the otherwise simple surroundings. Factory SS-style round gauges cover the basics of speed, fuel level, and RPMs via the centralized tachometer, while a trio of white-faced Equus auxiliary dials under the dash help monitor the engines vitals. Theres an upgraded Pioneer AM/FM/CD/AUX head unit in the factory slot, an aftermarket center console that splits the buckets, and a full Old Air A/C unit thats blowing nice and cold inside the cabin. The back seat looks largely untouched, and in the rear the trunk was neatly finished in clean spatter paint and shows off just how solid this Chevelle really is. Yenko was using 427 big blocks to dominate the streets back then, but the 454 cubic inch V8 crate motor in this Chevelle gives it startling performance without the complications of an original motor. Its obvious that good money was spent here when the engine was installed in 2017, from the bright chrome valve covers to the March Performance billet pulleys and serpentine system to the rumbling Flowmater exhaust note below. An Edelbrock 750CFM 4-barrel carburetor and Bowtie performance intake manifold are a combination that was perfected years ago, so the sucker runs superbly and with fat, ceramic-coated long-tube headers, the torque curve is robust. A TH350 3-speed automatic transmission snaps off easy shifts and can handle all that big block power with ease and the heavy-duty 10-bolt rear end is protected with an aftermarket cover and has 3.73 gears inside, so even highway cruising is on the menu. Long-tube headers feed a custom H-pipe dual exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers and they act as a warning to the unwary that this car is serious about its job. Handling is vastly improved with tubular A-arms, upgraded shock/springs, and a beefy swaybar up front, while out back theres a set of coilovers, ladder bars, and another thick swaybar. Power steering and power front disc brakes make the driving experience extremely enjoyable, while a giant aluminum radiator with dual electric fans keeps the whole show nice and cool in any environment. The killer stance is perfected with a set of US Mag wheels wrapped in 225/45/17 front and 295/40/18 rear Nitto performance radials. A superclean presentation with loads of performance, this dialed-in 69 Chevelle Yenko Tribute offers all the right ingredients. Call now!