Quick Shift – A 1969 Yenko S/C 427 Camaro

This is a Quick Shift for this Monday, June 27th. I will be doing a fair number of these Quick Shifts throughout the week, so please leave a couple of comments about which ones you like, and which ones you could do without.

This is a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro modified by the famous Yenko Chevrolet in Pennsylvania. This has a monster 427 under the hood, backed up by a GM Turbohydramatic automatic transmission. It’s still doable, in my opinion…. What about you?


  1. I have one of these in my office. It's yellow, with a black vinyl top and 1/16th the size of this one. Its still boss. And doable, whatever the fuck that means.

  2. Ok ok ok, so I stepped over a line of some sort with the term "doable". You guys are so damn sensitive…

    1. Were all the COPO 427s ZL-1s? If so the COPO wins hands down. ZL1= big block power < weight than small block. I'm pretty sure the S/C 427s were iron block.

      1. There were two different COPO models. A few dozen got the ZL1's, but several hundred were equipped with the iron L72.
        Yenkos used the L72, but may have had a few extra tweaks.

        1. I think if I remember right less than 10 ZL-1 Camaro's were made and only two or three are left on this lowly planet .

        2. I believe they built 69 ZL-1s and around 1000 L72 COPOs to be exact, I love the look of dog dish hubcaps on those cars

  3. Meh.
    And I don't just say that because I'm a Ford man…I just don't think these cars are really all that. I'd feel the same way about a Tasca prepped SCJ Mustang or the like…(give me a '69 SCJ Torino hardtop, that's a different story…).

  4. Yes. Very much yes. If you can afford it that is. Aren't these puppies priced in the stratosphere?
    At any rate, 1969 would be a great year to do a comparison of What Car Would You Buy?

      1. My '69 Volvo 145 is my go-to car when I actually really have to be somewhere on time. It's not particularly fun to drive, has all the issues a forty-year-old car has, but the f*cker absolutely always starts, goes, and stops. I throw money and time at all my other cars because they refuse to work otherwise, and the Volvo just sits there, waiting.
        "Parts Store, Airport, Late for Work? Where are we goin' Boss, where are we going?!"

  5. The underhood modifications make me suspect this might be a clone. Aluminum heads, an aluminum radiator, braided hoses, an aftermarket air cleaner, and similar features are fine for someone's weekend toy, but would kill the value of a pedigreed Yenko.

    1. Agreed, as soon as I saw that air cleaner CLONE is the first thing that came to mind. Yenkos are to special and unique to not be either totally restored or be untouched survivors

  6. Auto-erotic molestation = Masterbation. (I do know what you meant though). Give me some time and get back to you on that.

  7. There's no question that that's an awesome car, but for my money, I'd go with a couple of Royal Bobcat Pontiacs. Black and white over Saddle is a very nice color combo for that car though.

  8. Is it wrong that I'd rather have the Yenko Vega? Despite having spent much of my first couple years on Earth in a '67 Camaro (and some pre-teen years in my brother's '72), I don't care much for any of 'em. I blame Simon & Simon.

  9. Nah, Yenko isn't worth anything to me. Or, the history isn't. I'd rather spend less building something faster.

  10. what's with the steering wheel? everything but that is very preety indeed, but the steering wheel just looks wrong.

  11. I like it, don't get me wrong but if I were to spend the kind of money such a car commands I would have to have a 4 speed. Cars like this are all about banging gears and not being able to do so would ruin it for me.

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