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Old 05-27-2015, 10:37 AM   #7741  
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1966 GTO - Heater Delete







Originally ordered to race at the drag strip. The Hurst wheels were added by the current owner who restored the car.
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Don Yenko and one of his Stinger Vegas, photographed for Sports Car Graphic magazine in February 1971.

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The rarest of the Yenko Supercars is the 1969 YSC 427 Nova SS. 38 L78 SS 396 Novas were ordered for conversion, but not all 38 were converted. Some were sold as L78 SS 396 Novas. It is estimated that only 10 YSC 427 Novas survive today. Yenko swapped out the 396 short block for a 427 because Chevy refused to build 427 COPO Novas due to their light weight. The reason why only 38 were ordered was because Yenko was too busy selling COPO Camaros and Chevelles which did not require any mechanical modification which was time consuming - the reason for the COPO program in the first place.

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Did you know . . .

The 1969 COPO Camaros (both L72 and ZL1) came with a black painted unsilenced air cleaner lid with just the 427 sticker on it from Chevrolet.




In 1966 when the L72 427 debuted, it was rated at 450 HP in the Corvette. Approx. the first 25 or so L72 Corvettes had this sticker. It was then changed to 425 HP. Nothing was done to the engine but a sticker change. Don Yenko always rated his 427 cars as 450 HP.





NOTE: AFAIK, all ZL2 (Cowl Induction) equipped Camaros had the black air cleaner lid no matter if it was a 350 or a 396. No ZL2 - you got a chrome lid instead. Both COPO Camaros and the Z11 Pace Cars had option ZL2 as standard equipment.
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The first car I ever restored - 1970 Trans Am. It had a 4 speed, Goodyear F60x15 Polyglas GT tires on the 15" Rally II wheels and . . . . . it was Metallic Purple with a Black racing stripe where the factory stripe should have been. I paid $900 for it back in 1980. It was in good condition mechanically. The only thing wrong was the paint and the Blue interior which needed a good clean up.

So I stripped the car of the interior with the exception of the drivers seat and drove it over to a guy that built street rods - he was just getting started so he gave me a good price - $1000 to paint it but I had to help with the sanding which I welcomed.

45 days after I bought it, I had it all done. Total investment was $2500. I sold it for $4000.

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It doesn't look like much does it? But looks are deceiving. It's a 1964 Nova 400 with a 283/220 hp V8, 4 speed and 3.55 Posi rear axle. Not very powerful, but it is very light in weight - about 2750 lbs - almost 1000 lbs lighter than a 409 Impala. On the drag strip, the impala would win every time - but on the street, stoplight to stoplight, my money would be on the Nova.

The only identification used for the 283 option (either motor - 2V = 195 HP) was the fender emblem below.





The 283 4V and 4 speed were available in any Chevy II model including the Station Wagon. 1964 was the first year Chevy installed a V8 and a 4 speed in a Nova. For both 1962 and 1963 it was a dealer install option. And you were not limited to a 283. Yep - you could have a 327/340 HP Corvette engine in your Chevy II if you wanted to.

Standard tires were 6.50x13 BSW except the SS model which came with 6.50x14 BSW tires which were an option on all other models, as were WSW tires, either size.

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