|An image of a yellow 1971 Chevy Yenko Deuce. For Gm cars the Yenko is the equivalent of the Shelby.|
1971 Chevrolet Nova Yenko Deuce. The Nova as many know was part of an urban legend that stated that the car sales preformed very poorly in Spanish speaking countries because the words
“no va” means “does not go”. This rumor however has been debunked as a legend and falsehood. The whole idea of does not go is not even close to the true performance of the Nova Yenko Deuce, it is in its own right a powerful high performance sports car. As such and due to its rarity I had to post it and write about it a little, I mean how many Yenko’s does you see running around on the streets today?
This specific car painted sunflower yellow and black with a high performance 350 will flat get it on the street or on the track. The Yenko Nova was originally built with a 427 but due to emissions regulations, the 427 was replaced with an HP-350 LT-1 engine which produced 360 horsepower. The concept for the Nova Yenko was inspired by retired race car driver Don Yenko. The vehicles were modified at Don Yenko’s car dealership in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania by the staff mechanics and were considered a value added service. There was 175 Deuces produced.
I particularly like this car it brings back fond memories of my childhood. The car has power and was pretty much unstoppable even in the rough Chicago winters. Nova’s, in general, were a tough car and the Yenko Nova’s were at the top of the hill. At any rate, this auto was shot in a showroom of a classic car dealer in Charlotte, NC. It must be the racing history here in Charlotte they seem to have a more than average amount of classic car dealers. This is just one example of many that are in these dealers’ showrooms. It was a pure pleasure to capture and discuss this car with the dealer. I am glad I had the opportunity to see and discuss it. That was an opportunity that I may never have again.
Don Yenko and his dealership modified Corvair’s from 1965 to 1967, these cars were nicknamed “The Stinger”. They also modified Camaro’s from 1967 through 1972 as well as Chevelles and Corvette’s and the Vega affectionately known as “Yenko Stinger II”. Finally, Yenko modified the 1981 Camaro with a turbo charger and performance parts.
I have to wonder what kind of innovations Don Yenko would have come up with to General Motors cars he has not died in a plane crash in Charleston, West Virginia March of 1987 upon landing his Cessna 210 at Yeager Regional Airport. It would seem that Yenko would not have been out of the Auto Modification business long, had he lived longer. It would have been a real treat to see what he would have done with one of the newer fuel injection cars.
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