Plan underway to build new batch of original Yenko Camaros

Plan underway to build new batch of original Yenko Camaros

There's a plan underway to build a new batch of Chevrolet Yenko Camaros

While the originals were built in the late 1960s, Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Brand New Muscle Car (BNMC) plans to build new versions of the 1968 Yenko Camaro to celebrate the car’s 50th anniversary.

BNMC is a specialist at building new versions of old cars and has permission from General Marketing Capital, the license holder of the Yenko name, to use it on the cars. According to GM Authority, BNMC’s Yenko Camaros will even be listed in the Official Yenko Worldwide Registry for authenticity.

The original Yenko Camaro was born because of a need to install a bigger engine into the early Camaros. When Chevy’s rival to the Mustang debuted in 1967, it was an impressive car but limited to engines no bigger than a 396 cubic inch V-8.

But Chevy dealer Don Yenko of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania used the Central Office Production Order (COPO) program, a program General Motors used for fleet vehicles like police cars, taxi cabs, etc., to special order Camaros with a 427 V-8.

Today, original Yenkos are some of the rarest, valuable, and most collectible Chevrolet models in the world. When one of these unique cars occasionally appears at auction for sale, prices typically start at $250,000. For early Camaros, you’re looking at much higher figures.

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BNMC hasn’t mentioned pricing for its 50th anniversary 1968 Yenko Camaro, but the company has various Yenko Camaros it’s built priced from $149,995.

Note: There’s also a company building modern Yenko Camaros based on the current sixth-generation car. Specialty Vehicle Engineering of Toms River, New Jersey last year unveiled a 2017 Yenko Camaro powered by supercharged and stroked V-8 with 800 horsepower on tap.

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  • Jim Waldr
    May 4, 2018, 8:00 PM

    Looking for a 1967 RS/SS CAMARO

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  • Tom matonti
    May 9, 2018, 3:55 PM

    Have Camaro z28 1980 like a yenko

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  • Jack Dale
    July 3, 2018, 9:41 AM

    That sounds "Hot", but will the continuation-Yenkos only be ’68s? I’d like MY ’68, with ’67 doors, so I could get a vent-window AND have the ’68 flow-thru venting. Will they be REAL 427-425/450Hp, or the 6.2? Will they have a 6-spd, –any convertibles, –any AC? I want MY Yenko to have the small-block "stroker" 427, so my A-arms won’t be splayed & dying under the additional 200 lbs of iron-arsed "Beeg-block" of yore, so it’s only a "straight-liner"–no "hugger" round the corners like the ads used to SAY. I’d like my Yenko to be: small-block-based 427, and that sm-blk in alloy,so it can be a "Hugger" of corners–6-spd, AC, Convert with ’67 doors, painted Plum with TAN vinyl interior, & white canvas top, 4-whl disc, Z-28 hood, 17" x 8" keystone mags. Leave the Yenko decals off for now. Don’t put that CRAPPY, FAKE, NON-Functional 8 "Stacks-of-Shite" dirtying-up MY SS/RS hood, give me the Z-28 hood. Yes, I expect my Yenko to be LOADED–fold down rear seat, light-groups, consoles, power-top, stainless headers coated in clear ceramic inside & out , ending @ 4 bundled glass-packs @ the rear, if not just left Open all the way from the long-tube headers, two fake 4-barrels hiding direct injection on the intake side of the engine’s Vee.,etc.

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  • Elbert Elrod
    August 19, 2018, 3:46 PM

    I don’t understand why Ford isn’t building the ’78 fastback in large numbers.
    Who Dodge isn’t building the ’68 Charger and ’71 Challenger.
    Why GM isn’t building the ’69 Camaro and ’71 Firebird..
    They could build these cars with basic V-8 powerplants and base model interiors and it seems like they would sell like MAD.
    Am I wrong?
    I’m guessing modern crash ratings, blah blah blah etc etc
    keep them from tapping into a huge market.

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