In today’s collector car world, the name “Yenko” is associated more with Camaros, Novas and Chevelles than Corvette. But the association of the legendary Corvette Hall of Fame member should be synonymous with Corvette and here is why.
Before Don Yenko and Yenko Chevrolet became one of the largest “supertuners” of GM muscle cars in the 60′s and 70′s, Don raced Corvettes. Driving for the Gulf Oil Racing Team in the early sixties, Yenko and teammate Dick Thompson dominated the A & B Production classes, and Don captured the B Production crown in 1962 and 1963. Fast forward to 1967. Yenko is now fielding his own team with support from Sunray DX Oil Co and wins the 1967 12 Hours of Sebringâ€™s GT Class in a 1967 L88 Corvette. In the late 1960s, Michael Summers was one of the drivers for Yenko’s Corvette racing teams, and his personal Corvette, ordered through Yenko Chevrolet, is the focus of our Barrett-Jackson preview.
The car is a fully documented, 427 hp/435 ci numbers-matching Yenko Corvette Convertible. This Corvette is one of only five of the rarest color combinations (White with Bright Blue Trim and Interior) and one of the highest factory optioned Corvettes known to exist. Renowned Corvette restorer Nabers Brothers of Houston completed a body-off restoration in 2002.
Documentation includes the original Protect-o-Plate signed by Don Yenko, tank sheet, order sheet, owner history, original pictures with a video of the original owner, Michael Summers. The 1967 Yenko Corvette has two NCRS Top Flight Awards (98.7%) and is Bloomington Gold Certified. The Corvette contains the following factory RPO’s:
AO1- Tinted Glass
A31- Power Windows
A15- Leather Bright Blue Trim
CO5- Convertible White Top
CO7- Auxiliary Hardtop
F41- Special Front and Rear Suspension
G81- Positraction Rear Axle
J50- Vacuum Power Brakes
K66- Transistor Ignition System
L71- 435 HP V8 Turbo Jet
N14- Side Dual Exhaust
N36- Telescopic Steering Wheel
N40- Power Steering
QB1- 7.75×15 4 PLY Redline Tires
U15- Speed Warning Indicator
U69- AM/FM Radio
The 1967 Yenko Corvette (lot #1326
) is scheduled to cross the auction block on Saturday, January 20th. This Corvette is truly a collector car and a fantastic piece of Corvette history.
Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction
National Corvette Museum – Hall of Fame
Barrett-Jackson Preview: A Pair of 1963 Corvette SWC Tankers