Volume II, Issue 4, Page 19

Story and photos by Geoff Stunkard
4/17/07

The rumor in question has flown around Chevy enthusiasts circles for years – was Chevrolet dealer extraordinare Don Yenko able to get any Camaros built with factory 427 power in 1968? It is known that drag racer Dick Harrell was part of the conversion process in 1967, and that the COPO 9561 code was used to get iron-block L72 427 engines in Camaros right on the Norwood and Los Angeles assembly lines. In 1968, what happened?
Thanks to this car, it has become very likely that all the conversions were done under Yenko’s direction in 1968.

Coming off the assembly line in July of 1968, this Corvette Bronze SS is unique because it was among a handful of late-built Camaros that Yenko did not convert to 427 power. It did make use of the normal Yenko COPO package 9737, a sports upgrade that included a 140 MPH speedometer, a special front sway bar, heavy-duty suspension, a 12-bolt axle with F41 multi-leaf springs, and a special cowl tag. Yenko is the only dealer known to have had cars produced this way that year. Of the seventy 1968 Camaros Yenko purchased like this, all which started life as 396/375-horse machines, 64 are believed to have the 427 upgrade and six of them, including this one, were sold unconverted as the new ‘69 models were due out shortly.


This is the view most people had of SS Camaros in 1968, though those skinny stock tires may have caused them to see more of the side then they expected!

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