KILLER STANCE/KILLER POWER, BUILT 350 V8, 4-SPEED, 4 DISC BRAKES, PWR STEERING!!
Instead of focusing on how cool Yenko Novas are (very cool!), let's instead talk about how beautifully finished this black-on-black 1971 Chevrolet Nova SS Yenko tribute really is. No Nova coming out of a Chevrolet plant EVER looked this good, and the attention to detail is more appropriate to a real six-figure Yenko than this beautifully built street machine.
This car was built for combat, but that doesn't mean it can't also be pretty. It's wearing code 19 Tuxedo Black paint, and it looks just amazing on the Nova's crisp bodylines. Sure, a lot of these were six-cylinder grocery-getters, but when you put a set of Yenko stripes on it, give it a raked suspension, and, well, it looks pretty darned predatory, doesn't it? All the correct SS equipment is in place, including the blacked-out grille and tail panel, as well as the requisite '350' badges on the front fenders. The two-door sedan was Yenko's first choice because it was light, cheap, and sturdy, and with the glossy paint job, it actually looks like a million bucks. The finish is quite good, the white stripes are accurate, and even Yenko badges have been added in the right places. Nobody can accuse the builder of this car of not doing his homework.
Details like the woodgrained steering wheel, Hurst shifter, and three pedals on the floor make it clear that this is not grandma's going-to-church car. I guess you can't hide from the Nova's standard instrument cluster, but everything has been rebuilt so markings are crisp, the lenses are clear, and it all works as it should. There are auxiliary gauges down low, keeping an eye on the expensive small block under the hood, and it's cool to see a tilt column in a Nova, which is a very rare thing. The bucket seats have been reupholstered using correct patterns and materials, the carpets are fresh, and new door panels remain in excellent condition. Just as Don Yenko envisioned, the basics are covered and anything that doesn't help the car go faster gets left behind, including the radio. The trunk is finished with correct spatter paint, but again in the interest of light weight, there's not much else there.
Fast is definitely the name of the game with the built 350 under the hood. Not only does it snarl and bark like a race piece, but it looks fantastic. Thanks to a chrome air cleaner and alternator, there's a bit more glamour than originally found on these cars, and the cast aluminum valve covers are straight out of the NASCAR paddocks. Kenney Duttweiler aluminum heads save weight and build big horsepower, and a freshly rebuilt Holley carb on an Edelbrock intake works worlds better than the original Rochester. An HEI distributor lights it up and a big radiator keeps it cool. Long-tube headers have been fitted, along with Flowmaster mufflers, so it sounds appropriately nasty. The chassis is fortified with a 4-speed manual transmission, a 10-bolt rear end with a set of friendly 3.42 gears and a Posi inside, as well as 4-wheel disc brakes that peek out from behind gorgeous 17-inch American Racing wheels. Staggered 225/45/17 front and 255/45/17 rear Kumho radials are grippy beyond anything Yenko could have imagined in 1971.
Built just the way you would have done it, this Yenko tribute is definitely a wolf in wolf's clothing. Call today!
- Power Steering
- Power Brakes
- Four Wheel Disc Brakes
- Vinyl Interior
- Tilt Wheel
- Exterior Color
- Interior Color
- Rear End
- 10 Bolt 3.42
- Front Brakes
- Power Disc
- Rear Brakes
- Power Disc
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