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Chevrolet Yenko Chevelle


Chevrolet Yenko Chevelle

Don Yenko was better known for his highly-tuned Camaros, but during 1969 he also turned his hand to the Chevelle, the result being an incredible street racer, lie removed the 375bhp (280kW) 390ci (6.6-liter) big-block engine and replaced it with a 427ci (7.2-liter). To cope with the straight-line performance the car was fitted with disc brakes as standard, plus a Muncie four-speed manual, or GM TH400 if you preferred an auto. At the rear end the car also came with a strengthened GM 12-bolt live axle with 4.10:1 gearing as standard for maximum acceleration. It used heavy-duty suspension with coil springs at the rear and independent A-arms up front. Externally the cars were identified with 'Yenko SC' (Super Car) logos and black stripes, but even so, you rarely saw them on the street, as just 99 were built in ID69, being replaced by the Yenko Chevelle SS454 in 1970.

Chevrolet Yenko Chevelle Specifications

Top speed:110 mph (176 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):5.7 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:427 ci (6,997 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:450 bhp (335 kW) @5,000 rpm
Max torque:460 lb ft (623 Nm) @ 4,000 rpm
Weight:3,800 lb (1,727 kg)
Economy:8 mpg (2.8 km/I)
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