Ford had Tasca, Dodge had Mr. Norm and the Chevy faithful had Don Yenko. Sure there were more dealers who would modify cars, but these three are most famous for taking what the factory offered and mixed and matched parts to create their own breed of super cars. Tasca got the ball rolling on the SCJ's, Grand Spaulding's GSS's showed Mopar they should shove 440's into Darts and Yenko took Corvette engines and stuffed them into everything from Novas to Chevelles. These legendary cars spawned not only numerous copies but legitimate factory rides based on their work. Beating the factory to the punch is their lasting legacy far beyond the street prowess of their cars.
Much like a wild Mustang wearing a tight bridle the 427 under the hood is obviously unhappy about breathing through the stock chambered exhaust. Yeah, it might have been the loosest set of pipes available on the Camaro but it's wholly inadequate for a 450+hp 427, and the car knows it. It spits, it cackles and it cracks—and you'll love every second of it.
Get the car on a lift if you dare get near it. You'll find mint floor pans decked out in satin black. Body plugs are stuck down with the appropriate sealer which oozed out as original. A detailed 12 bolt is out back with its appropriate markings and tags and is hung by detailed and tagged leaf springs. Correctly gray shocks are at all four corners and the front suspension and braking systems are highly detailed, as well. The reproduction exhaust system is all new from the black painted Hooker Competition headers to the dual tailpipes. Crayon and wax markings are everywhere from the "COPO" on the transmission cross member to the sub-frame. This is a chassis where the phrase "highly detailed" just doesn't cut it.
Open the door, slide in and make yourself comfortable on the Parchment seats. You're staring at the least informative dash possible with nothing more than a speedometer, a gas gauge and a couple of idiot lights. There isn't even a radio in here! Sure, you could get your Yenko Camaro optioned up, but most weren't—they were race cars for the street. Why bother paying for a radio you couldn't hear over the exhaust system or buy gauges that weren't accurate from day one? The pair of buckets is separated by the chrome Hurst stick sticking out of brand new carpeting. The door panels, the seats, the dash pad, the visors, the armrests...all new. New chrome pieces from the sun visor brackets to the seat belt buckles shines better than new. Strap into your lap belt and hang on!
Sight down the straight body and smile—this was no rush job. Glacier Blue, the original color, has been laid down with precision. Door, fender, hood and trunk gaps are excellent, and all panels close with a solid feeling. Reproduction Yenko stripes run down the sides and across the hood to make sure no one mistakes you for a common Camaro. Ubiquitous American Racing Torque Thrust D's are at all four corners wrapped in F70x15 Firestone Wide Ovals for the classic "day two" look. The cowl hood is finished as well underneath as it is on top, the jambs were not forgotten, the glass is excellent and the weather-stripping is all new. The RS grille is in perfect working order and really sets off the front of the car. Who knew a light blue car could look so menacing?
The real star is under the hood. Casting code 3955270, engine code LR. For the numbers challenged, that's a '69 427 block set up for a 435HP tri-power setup in a Corvette. Fortified with an even larger than stock cam, the correct 3933163 Winters intake, a fat Holley 4150 up top and the Hookers this is a real runner. The function cowl hood setup is in place from the hood to the sealing ring to the air cleaner. New chrome valve covers work with the fresh orange paint on the mill and satin black on the compartment walls to create a showpiece. Of course all of the proper markings and tags are in place here, too.
From the correct engine to the Muncie underneath to the 12 bolt out back, and from the fresh, correct exterior to the new and clean interior this is a high dollar tribute and a #1 show car. Tribute prices have never been more attractive—more than $100,000 invested and with priceless history this is the time to step up to one of the ultimate muscle cars!