The name Don Yenko is legendary in the muscle car world. But before the Canonsburg, PA, Chevy dealer built Yenko Camaros, Yenko Novas, or Yenko Chevelles, they made the Corvair-based Yenko Stinger.
Don Yenko was interested in SCCA racing, and in 1966 he applied to the SCCA to approve the Chevrolet Corvair Corsa for competition. The Corsa was green-lighted with the removal of the back seat and engine power upgrades. Yenko ordered and modified 100 1966 Corvair Corsas into Yenko Stingers.
The 1966 Yenko Stingers were all Central Office Production Order (COPO) cars, optioned with four-speed manual transmissions, Positraction axles, special suspensions and steering equipment. When they arrived at Yenko Chevrolet, the rear seats came out and the C-pillars were beefed up. The standard decklid was replaced with a fiberglass unit that had a spoiler, and adjustable air scoops. All Yenko Stingers finished in Ermine White, had Yenko emblems on the sail panels, and came with exclusive serial numbers. Most were painted with blue stripes and accents.
The Yenko Stinger could be had in a number of different performance tunes. The Stage I would produce 160 horsepower. Stage II was good for 190 horsepower, Stage III made 220, and the purely competition Stage IV made a staggering 240 horses from the 164 cubic-inch flat six.
Our featured Yenko Stinger is Number 50 out of the 1966 100 car run, christened serial number YS-050. It is a Stage II Stinger, producing a very potent 190 horsepower courtesy of 10.1 compression, a high-performance cam, four carbs, dual exhaust, and lightweight flywheel. It is finished in the Yenko colors of Ermine White with blue stripes. It has had only two owners since it was purchased new from Yenko Chevrolet. It has been the subject of a thorough restoration, both mechanical and cosmetic, returning it to as new condition, with the exception of a set of BFGoodrich radial tires. It is headed to the Mecum Glendale, AZ auction March 18-20, where it will be sold with no reserve.