1969 Yenko Chevelle Super Car for Sale
On June 24, 1969, Josephine Gresko drove her 1964 4-speed Impala into Yenko Chevrolet in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, to trade in on a new performance car. She left with the COPO 1969 Yenko Chevelle super car you see here. Painted Fathom Green with White SYC graphics and emblems, this is only a two-owner vehicle. Bill Keith Auto Sales in Wexford, Pennsylvania acquired it in 1976. The current owner’s parents bought it for him there, as he was too young to sign the paperwork.
Today Eric’s Muscle Cars in Maryland is offering the opportunity of a lifetime for some lucky muscle car collector to own a real double COPO Yenko Chevelle. Built in Baltimore, this COPO 9562 was well-optioned to be sold directly by Yenko. One major factor in the car’s curbside appeal is the 15×7-inch COPO Chevelle Rally wheels and special Goodyear Polyglas F70-15 tires. These were part of a second COPO code, 9737 Sports Car Conversion, which Yenko often used. This also put the correct speedometer pinion and a larger front stabilizer bar into the car.
Eric Gandi, of Eric’s Muscle Cars, tells us the L72 427/425 HP big-block engine is numbers-matching, and a Hurst-shifted M21 close-ratio 4-speed backs it up. Yenko also installed a Stewart-Warner tach. It came equipped with power front disc brakes, and a 4.10:1 rear gear. This particular car came with a bench seat and cloth interior, not often seen with the 4-speed package. It also came with a heavy duty front sway bar and heavy duty 4-core radiator.
Rarer than a Yenko Camaro
Of the 350 or so COPO 427 Chevelles produced by Chevrolet in 1969, Don Yenko ordered 99 of them. Every one of them that is still in existence today is a highly valued classic muscle car. Don Yenko might have fudged the horsepower numbers a bit on these big block Chevelle Super Cars to fool the insurance companies. They were mostly meant for the track anyway. Car and Driver Magazine got a hold of one of his Camaros and they stated that in their tests the car achieved a 0-60 time in only 3.4 seconds, and a 1/4-mile time shy of 12 seconds. They were monster performers on the track. Additionally, all the Yenko editions came with a special interior and Yenko decal kit.
They say a complete nut-and-bolt restoration was done on this one in 2013. The sale includes the Gresko order form which was hand-written at Yenko, a GM shipping report on the car, and the Yenko car invoice.
Although once overshadowed by their sibling Camaros, real COPO Chevelles are now hot commodities on the collector market. Though few have a background as interesting and documented as this one.
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