The Chevrolet Corvair was about as close to making a European-like car an American manufacturer was going to get in the 60’s. Often referred to as the ‘poor man’s Porsche’, the Corvair was lauded for its handling, and prompted son of the founder of the well-known Yenko Chevrolet dealership, Don Yenko, to enter the car in SCCA racing events.
The SCCA rules allowed for the Corvair to enter, as long as the back seat was removed and the horsepower and torque numbers were bumped up. The modifications were made to 100 of these cars, which were all painted in a special white and blue paint scheme. This lot of 100 is what is now known as the very rare Yenko Stinger.
Only around 70 or so Yenko Stingers are left and, of course, Jay Leno owns one of them. His example is #54 and was sold to him fully restored by fire fighter Jeff Guzzetta. Check out the the Stinger in the recent episode of Jay Leno’s garage just below.