Classic Car Overview
For some guys, going too far is what its all about. Don Yenko was such a guy, and in 1969, he started stuffing 427s into the compact Nova and created the Deuce-a car that really should be kept in a cage. Since there are only seven or so known to exist today, you can imagine how expensive and highly sought they are. So whats a guy to do? Well, you build your own. This neat little 1970 Chevrolet Nova Yenko Tribute gets the look just right: one part low-buck grocery-getter, three parts street brawler, and one part polished debutante. The result is more than just a dressed-up Nova SS, but a car that will get attention just for looking good. A lot of the credit must go to the deep red paint, which isnt frequently found on Yenkos even though Cranberry Red was available (the hue on this particular car is a bit lighter), but really looks great on this car. Combined with the black stripes and black vinyl top, it has a very polished, upscale look that works rather well here. Bodywork is good and the paint, while showing a few minor signs of use, still has a very nice shine couple that cool color with the stripe work, and the look is pretty sweet. The cowl-induction hood setup lets everyone know that this Nova means business, and with a blacked-out grille and some nice brightwork and chrome, the car looks sleek, crisp, and nicely finished. SS badges are fore and aft, setting the tone, and the raked stance on this brawler would make Don Yenko proud. The vinyl interior remains standard-issue Nova, albeit really clean and nicely trimmed, highlighted by the sYc (Yenko Super Car) script in the headrests. Basic black is the color of choice in a car like this, and the nice seat covers, door panels, headliner, and carpets really dress things up inside. The 2-spoke steering with an easy-to-grip rim and SS badge sets the tone inside, and the T-handle Hurst shifter is a short reach away atop the transmission tunnel. Factory gauges cover the basics of speed and fuel level, with a trio of auxiliary dials hanging under the dash for watching oil pressure, temperature, and voltage. The radio is an upgraded JVC AM/FM/CD unit, and like most Novas, its light on options which is the only way to fly if youre looking for maximum performance. The important thing here is how nicely its all finished, and in that regard, this car really succeeds. Even the back seat looks great! The spacious trunk is covered in fresh, proper spatter paint and you can see that theres really nothing to hide here. Yenko was using big blocks, but the 350 cubic inch V8 in this Nova gives it startling performance without the complications of a larger engine. Its obvious that good money was spent here, from the bright chrome details to the Chevy Orange block to the nicely painted inner fenders and firewall. A Holley 4-barrel carburetor and polished aluminum intake manifold are a combination that was perfected years ago so this sucker runs superbly and with long-tube headers, the torque curve is robust. A TH350 3-speed automatic transmission snaps off easy upshifts and is always read to drop down a gear and the 10-bolt rear end is more than capable of handling all the power. An H-pipe Flowmaster mufflers act as a warning to the unwary that this car is serious about its job, with turn-down just before the rear axle, and the stance from the BFGoodrich white-letter, skinny-fat 155/80/15 front and 255/60/15 rear tires on chrome Cragar wheels looks exactly right. Clean, affordable performance, this slick little Nova offers all the right ingredients. Yenko fans, Nova fans, Chevy fans, everyone can agree that this is a cool car. Call now!