For the 1967 model year, the Chevy Camaro had a wide range of six- and eight-cylinder engine options, but none so brawny as RPO L78, the 396 cubic-inch Big Block that yielded 375 thundering horsepower. If that wasn’t enough to satisfy your street-dominating desires, you needed to get yourself a Yenko Super Camaro from Don Yenko Chevrolet in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
Let’s review a bit of history. Don Yenko had been a successful Sports Car Club of America racer, winning the national driving championship four times. He had also driven in the 24 Hours of LeMans. His family owned a Chevrolet dealership, and Mr. Yenko modified cars there. Between 1965 and 1967, Yenko built around 185 Yenko Corvair Stingers, the first car that would carry the Yenko name.
The Chevy Camaro debuted in 1967 as GM’s answer the wildly popular Ford Mustang, while the Firebird didn’t bow until six months after the Camaro. The Chevy had strikingly attractive styling and a variety of performance and appearance packages. What it did not have, by General Motors edict, was an engine displacing more than four hundred cubic inches.
Don Yenko ordered Chevy Camaro L78s in SS trim, as they were already set up for Big Block engines and had factory performance parts. The 396 powerplants were removed, and the beastly Corvette L72 427 cube solid-lifter Big Block producing 450 horsepower took its place. (A quick sidebar here: Before I get a million comments about the L72 only putting out 425 horsepower, early in the 1966 Corvette production, the L72 was rated at 450 ponies. During the production run, the L72 rating was reduced to 425 horsepower, but that was related to no equipment or parts change.) The Camaros were equipped with heavy-duty suspensions and Muncie M21 close ratio four-speed transmissions. Total production for the 1967 Yenko Super Camaro varies, but several sources peg it at fifty-four units.
Our feature Chevy Yenko Super Camaro, serial number YS-725, was ordered in Deepwater Blue Poly with a black vinyl interior. The options list included a tinted windshield, G80 Posi-Traction rear diff with 3.73 gears, J52 power brakes with front discs, N34 teakwood steering wheel, an AM radio, heavy-duty clutch, high-capacity cooling system and suspension upgrades. There were a few other additions, including special spark plug wires, Stewart Warner tach, instrument package, Traction Master traction bars, tuned headers, a scatter shield, and a fiberglass hood with stinger that resembled those on the 1967 Big Block Corvettes. The Super Camaro was completed on July 18th, 1967. It was one of five that shipped to Jay Kline Chevrolet in Minneapolis on July 27th of that year.
This Yenko Super Camaro is listed in the Yenko Supercar Registry. It is accompanied by ownership history, extensive documentation, an appraisal from Camaro expert Jerry McNeish from August of 2021, COPO Connection and Camaro Hi-Performance LLC Certificates of Authenticity, copies of the Yenko conversion and dealer invoices, the original shipping record, an NCRS Shipping Data Report, and letter from the original owner. It has been inspected and verified as authentic by Warren Dernoshek, an original Yenko mechanic.
This stunning, brawny Yenko Super Camaro will cross the auction block at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sale taking place January 22nd through 30th.