You've never seen a 1981 Yenko Camaro? Maybe that's because only 19 were made and they usually sell for well north of what a new Camaro will cost you from your local Chevrolet dealer.

One gorgeously restored, matching numbers example is up for purchase on eBay Motors for the eye-watering Buy-It-Now price of $180k. But please consider the car's claimed history and stat sheet before passing judgement.

As the legend goes, in 1969, Yenko Chevrolet of Murray, Pennsylvania took a 12-year break from modding Camaros. But low compression '80s engines got under the skin of Don Yenko, and in 1981, the tuning legend proceeded to cram a turbocharged, four-barrel, 350 V8 under the hood of the second-generation car. Horsepower on the rare Yenko is unclear, but it should definitely be way more than the stock Z-28's meager 175 hp. Reports suggest this was to be Yenko's final big build, and the owner of this eBay find says this one is the very last 1981 Yenko produced.

On top of all that, the Charlotte, North Carolina seller says that the car has fewer than 30k miles, some of which were supposedly put there by curious automotive journalists. The winning bidder will get the original build sheet, window sticker and a production intent letter signed by Don Yenko.


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      Jeff
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wouldn't collect it. Not a lot of punks would even know who, or what a Yenko is... I would drag race the **** out of every turbo dink I could find. They would just think it's a dog ass 81... zoooom.
      2012 ZR1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice, but not worth it; my neighbour just bought a new Escalade for $105,000. I don't think it's worth $40,000. I have better things to waste my $ on.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      Memories of '70s era blow through carburetors haunt my dreams. Modern blow through carbs are amazing and can easily support 2000hp, but that sure as hell wasn't the case 30 years ago.
      rmkensington
      • 2 Years Ago
      Mine eyes!
      2012 ZR1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice, but I always think white colored vehicles look cheap; should be black & silver w/ a Screamin' Chicken hood
      Mr Clickerson
      • 2 Years Ago
      My sister in law just bought a 78 Camaro with a worked over 355 and 4 speed... Its a little bit rough around the edges, but its a fun car... And that's what most of the so-called "enthusiasts" on this site don't understand- not everything is about fastest 0-60, lap time, or what is the best of the best, its about having fun and enjoying the damn car. Quit dishing out insults about mullets and 80's EPA regulations, because this thing would throw you in the back of the seat and put a smile on your face, guaranteed.
        Camaroman101
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mr Clickerson
        "My sister in law just bought . . ." thought this was spam at first
      antacid
      • 2 Years Ago
      "This is probably aero dynamic" -The words uttered at Yenko
      Vergenbuurg
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bitchin' Camaro.
      Travisty
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ummmm, CP? Sorry, I just don't see the late 70s/80s muscle cars ANYWHERE near as desirable as the late 60s or even early 70s regardless of how rare they are (exception: Trans Am). They're cool cars, and this one's rare and has an incredible history to it but.... Not $180k worth. I'd definitely take a '69 over this in a heartbeat, but then it probably wouldn't "only" be $180k.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Travisty
        If someone is willing to pay that kind of money for this car, then all the power to him. If not? Then he either comes down on the price a bit, or he gets to keep his car. If he's not all that eager to get rid of it, then it's a win-win.
        Travisty
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Travisty
        Oh, and it has the 3sp auto in it too.......... I wonder what the turbo-lag's like with a widely-spaced 3sp in it?
          Mr Clickerson
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Travisty
          ... What does turbo lag have to do with the number of gears in the tranny, other than the fewer the better if its slow to build up boost? Also, autos maintain boost when shifting because you never get off the throttle... Regardless of what you think about the car, it is rare, it is from a fairly legendary tuner, and it is obviously and very good condition. If it sells, it must be worth that much to someone.
        StegRacing@youtube
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Travisty
        Well that's why it's $50-odd grand off the auction sales prices of earlier Yenko's. And with regards to turbo lag, this is from Wiki: "This system, like all others, captures the energy to improve the induction of fuel/air mixture. The similarity to the other systems stops right here. Our system uses no priority valve so there's no turbo-lag. We don't have a waste gate to malfunction either. And since all of the fuel entering the engine is "processed" through the turbo, you get better fuel economy and improved response even without being in boost. Every nut, bolt and fitting used in this system is the best available. This has all been developed with each and every emission control connected and functional."
      hevace
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would be interested in buying it, but I just don't feel like getting a mullet.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      breakfastburrito
      • 2 Years Ago
      For $180k, I could buy a full dozen Chevy Sonics, light them on fire and roll them downhill. I think 12 flailing, spinning and exploding cars would be a WAAY more entertaining waste of money, than driving Burt Reynolds white chesthair car.
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