• Jul 31, 2009

Matching Chevrolet Camaros built by OER - Click above for a high-res image gallery

2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the legendary 1969 Yenko Camaro. The king of classic Camaros, the Yenko was the clever creation of Don Yenko, owner of a Chevy dealership in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, who figured out Camaros could be ordered with an L-72 427CI V8 through GM's Central Office Production Order program, originally intended as fleet vehicles for police cars and taxi cabs. Each car came equipped with power disc brakes, a 4.10 rear end, upgraded suspension, a heavy duty radiator, front and rear spoilers, a cowl-induction hood, and plenty of Yenko badges and graphics. Just over 200 '69 Yenko Camaros were built, making them some of the most rare and valuable muscle cars in existence today.

To commemorate the anniversary, Chop, Cut, Rebuild teamed up with Original Equipment Reproduction (OER) and D&P Classic Chevy to build a Yenko Camaro tribute car. The goal was to create a new pony car that Don Yenko himself would have built using today's technology, and it looks like they did an incredible job. Starting with an all new '69 Camaro body shell from the OER parts catalog, the team of builders dropped in a brand news LS7 crate motor from GM Performance Parts and added a six-speed transmission, rack and pinion steering, six-piston brakes, 18-inch wheels and tires, and more. To boot, they got their hands on a 2010 Camaro and painted it to match complete with the OEM body kit and upgraded Stoptech brakes. You can read more details on the tribute Yenko Camaro after the jump, and we snapped a few pictures of the cars at OER's shop that you can view in the high-res gallery below.



Photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: Original Equipment Reproduction]

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As Camaro fans worldwide celebrate the 40th anniversary of the legendary 1969 Yenko Camaro this year, the guys over at "Chop, Cut, Rebuild" decided to get in on the fun and partner with D&P Classic Chevy, Original Equipment Reproduction (OER) and Classic Industries to build a unique, never-before-seen vehicle: the 1969 Yenko Tribute Car.

The Tribute Car is actually a "new", modernized 1969 Camaro built using the best products available in the automotive aftermarket today. The build was a complete ground-up re-creation, beginning with a brand new body and using an extensive list of products and parts from OER, a leading manufacturer and distributor of classic restoration parts and the project's principal sponsor, based in Westminster, California.

The goal was to maintain the classic design and appearance of the '69 Camaro, but integrate a high level of modern components into the construction; a concept based on what D&P feels that Don Yenko himself would have done.

To complete the "What If" project, OER, a long time sponsor of "Chop, Cut Rebuild", provided an extensive list of parts including body, trim, interior, chrome, and many other reproduction components.

The completed Tribute Car is a driver-friendly, comfortable street machine that is also able to competitively handle a drag strip or road course. The vehicle's exterior looks relatively stock, but the modern drivetrain components and cutting-edge technology inside are what allows it to be very fast and far exceeding what was available in 1969.

Originally, the '60s era Yenko Camaro was a special order vehicle, available only through Don Yenko Chevrole tin Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Don Yenko used the Central Office Production Order (COPO) program, a program GM used for fleet vehicles like police cars, taxi cabs, etc. to special order the most powerful Camaros available.

Today, an original Yenko is one of the most sought after Camaros in the world, garnering five to 10 times the resale value of a regular Camaro.

Currently, Darryl and Peggy Nance, owners of D&P Classic Chevy, a full service restoration and street rod shop based in Huntington Beach, Calfifornia, own this car.

Engine:
- LS7, 427 Cubic Inch – fuel injected by GM Performance Parts (rated at 505 horsepower)
- Front Engine Accessory Drive system for the motor, computer, computer harness and engine accessories by GM Performance Parts
- Headers by Lemons Headers
- Exhaust system by Flowmaster
- Radiator and electric fans by Be Cool
- LS7 oil tank and components by Petersen Fluid Systems
- High performance battery by Knetik

Transmission:
- Tremec T56 Magnu 6 speed transmission – this was the first T56 Magnum rated at 700 foot pounds of torque
- Transmission conversion products and technical/installation support provided by Keisler Engineering

Suspension:
- Front and rear suspension by Detroit Speed & Engineering
- Powder coated 1st Generation Hydro-formed subframe, including rack and pinion steering, tubular control arms, front suspension and spindles by Detroit Speed & Engineering

Brakes:
- Complete front and rear 6-piston brake calipers with drilled and slotted rotors by Baer Brakes
- Brake master cylinder and special accumulator assembly by ABS Power Brake

Tires and Wheels:
- 18" BF Goodrich KDW tires
- D&P custom 18" wheels built by US Wheel

Exterior:
- Paint materials were provided by PPG

Interior:
- Air conditioning by Vintage Air
- Kicker stereo system
- Clarion stereo head unit
- Interior installation by Stitchcraft


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      • 5 Years Ago
      How can it be a 40th anniversary? The Camaro hasn't been around for 40 continuous years.
        • 5 Years Ago
        true, but it seems like the new one has been in development since the last generation ended in 2002. It did take GM about 5 years to rebody a Holden Monaro into the current car.... ;->>
        • 5 Years Ago
        "How can it be a 40th anniversary? The Camaro hasn't been around for 40 continuous years."

        Because it's a date and time, not a model type ....the key word in the first sentence is "marks". If it were a 40th Anniversary model then you would need at least 40 model years. Chevy's doing the same thing with the Grand Sport, they're making a 15th Anniversary commemorative model and we all know they haven't made Grand Sports for 15 years

        http://www.autoblog.com/2009/07/30/ncm-raffling-off-unique-corvette-grand-sport-for-15th-anniversar/
      • 5 Years Ago
      We need more special editions.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the look of the new Camero but it cannot hold a candle to the 69'. Just sayin.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When you see the two side by side, you really recognize how ugly the new one is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The original lines, window sizes and proportions are so much better than the new one. @CDWRX has it exactly right in describing the new one as "cartoonish." I love the original though...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, that was made absolutely clear from the photos. If I could choose one it would definitely be the "new" '69. The new one looks slab-sided and cartoonish by comparison.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Finally saw one on the road.

        Pretty much the ugliest car I've seen in my forty years on Earth.

        It's the epitome of a cheap, overweight and oversized, plasticy, American fleetmobile. It's SO BIG. Like an SUV without the storage room or extra doors and hatch. So BIG it's hard to associate it as being sporty.

        Had to give the owner a thumbs-down. Sad I didn't have a pair of fuzzy dice to give him.
      • 5 Years Ago
      hm, I'll take one :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        wow, compared to the 69, that 09 looks like a bloated over safety regulated turd.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Once again another shop makes a weak attempt at a new 2010 Camaro. The classic Yenko looks awesome, however if you are going to make a tribute car do a bit more that some brakes, suspension and factory stripes/body kit. They should have done a custom kit to bettr match the Yenko, AND used wheels that matched. Give Don Yenko the respect and do it right.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The "new" '69 is the tribute car. The new one doesn't have the Yenko badges on it or anything. It's just an afterthought.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the new Camaro, but I do not like the markup 3-5k over MSRP and I don't like the reliability issues I've been reading about all over the web.

      For a car in the oven as long as this one was, GM needs to get their act together..
      • 5 Years Ago
      my don yenko road memory has a few twists..first way back when nobody around central ohio knew what mid-ohio was,let alone ever watched a race there, i remember watching one of those yenko stingers making fun of most of the other racing iron on track. a pretty unique corvair indeed. after following his racing activities for years after those mid 60's races, i found my self on the remote island of treasure cay in the bahamas,over a weekend in the early 80's,checked in the only motel back then...one of those parking lot outside the door types and i went out of my room and found don yenko himself with a blonde on his arm.....i was so surprised, i blurted out "you're don yenko!" and then i realized he was way down there because it was way down there and damn if he didn't walk out of his room and the guy next room over recognized him! i didn't see him again that weekend! Now fast forward ahead to mid way throught a 24hrs of daytona about mid night and i was walking into the pits and there he was again,racing suit on, heading to the pits,no doubt for a driver change coming up....i actually was beside him and i asked if he recalled our meeting many years prior in the motel at treasure cay and he said oh yea and had quite a laugh about that many years ago, shortly after this 24hrs, i read he died in a airplane crash somewhere in west virginia as i recall. he was quite an interesting man and the cars he produced back then were more interesting that most of their time. i thought someone might enjoy reading about all this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good chance that was Donna Mae Mimms "The Pink Lady" She always wore a pink helmet and drivers suit and competed in Steel Cities Region of the SCCA.

        Thanks for bringing back fond memories!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd keep the 69 Camaro and sell the new one ASAP. Maybe with a $5,000.00 mark-up
      • 5 Years Ago
      The 69 looks so much better than the New one.
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