Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Robert asks: Tell me every thing you know about Yenko Chevys. My chevy buddy thinks thats an unknow story of American patriotism, back when men with nerves of steel drove big block Chevys with cast iron drums.
Yenko was a Chevy dealership that sold specially modded Chevys not generally available through the normal factory pipeline. For example, the ’67-69 Yenko Super Camaro – which came with the Corvette’s 427 rather than the available 396 big block V8, along with special additional functional and appearance upgrades. This sort of thing is impossible today because any dealer that modified a new car’s drivetrain would be Hut! Hut! Hutted! by the EPA in short order.
Another dealer that did these deeds back in the day was Baldwin Chevrolet; the Motion Camaro being a fun example of the hooliganism that was once available at dealers. The last such I’m aware of was the Meecham Trans-Am, created by Dennis & Kyle Meecham. The first was in ’77, if I recall correctly. These featured a turbocharged version of the Pontiac 400, along with a retuned carb and ignition.
It’s sad they’re gone – along with most of the rest of what was once America.
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