<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058

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Lot 12
1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe

US$ 135,000 - 165,000
£ 100,000 - 120,000
Amended
1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe
Chassis no. 114270W350058
350ci OHV Turbo-Fire V8 engine
Single 4-Barrel Carburetor
360bhp at 5,800rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Independent Suspension - Live Rear Axle
Front Disc - Rear Drum Brakes

*One of just 175 Nova LT/1 'Yenko Deuce' examples made
*Strikingly presented in Fathom Blue with contrasting white stripes and Yenko lettering
*Fitted with desirable COPO 9737 sports conversion and COPO 9010 LT/1 engine packages
*Powerful and rare Yenko Nova ready for high-speed cruising



THE CHEVY NOVA AND YENKO

Introduced in 1968, Chevrolet launched the third generation of their Chevy II Nova compact platform, which gained a longer wheelbase and featured a sportier fastback design, similar to that of the slightly larger Chevelle. By 1970, the 'Chevy II' label had been dropped from the model name and a 350 cubic-inch V8 engine pushing 300 horsepower had been shoehorned into the chassis via the optional '350 Super Sport' package. Though well over 250,000 Novas were produced by Chevrolet for 1970, just 13,991 orders received this package - which turned the stylish, if somewhat mundane compact fastback into a proper muscle car. In other words, a true wolf in sheep's clothing.

It was called a 'Central Office Production Order', or COPO as it is now universally known. Set up by GM as a means of satisfying fleet orders for special specification cars, most COPOs were for fleets of police cars and dull, boring cars for taxicabs, meter readers and delivery services. A few enterprising dealers, in collusion with enthusiastic insiders at Chevrolet, realized they could use the COPO system to build high-performance Chevrolets as well.

The most prolific of these dealers was Don Yenko. Yenko Chevrolet in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania had been selling Chevys since the marque was new. Don knew the ins and outs of Chevrolet management and had a long and successful history racing Chevrolets on both drag strips and road circuits. He knew there was a market for a these Yenko powered Chevrolets, as he had demonstrated with the Camaros and Chevelles. Not all would be sold through Yenko Chevrolet, as Yenko found like-minded Chevy stores to take a few of them after they'd been modified in Canonsburg. But they were known as Yenko cars, identification that both took advantage of the already established Yenko reputation and satisfied Chevrolet and GM Corporate management's requirement that they would be clearly differentiated from the Regular Production Option (RPO) cars sold by most Chevy dealers.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This potent 1970 Chevrolet Nova Coupe is one of just 175 Novas believed to have been treated to Yenko Chevrolet's high-performance package offered to discerning customers. Labelled the LT/1 'Yenko Deuce', this very example has been treated to a comprehensive restoration in the past, and although details of the restorations aren't clear at the time of cataloging, it is evident that a very thorough job was done. The sporing fastback Coupe bodywork is finished in Fathom Blue with contrasting white racing stripes and Yenko lettering. The interior is trimmed in black vinyl, and also here one sees the Yenko touch shine through, with the COPO 9737 Sports Car Conversion package in place. Under the hood lurks the COPO 9010 LT/1 engine package, consisting of the highly tuned 350 cubic-inch solid-lifter Turbo-Fire V8 engine putting out 360 horsepower. A hood-mounted tachometer ensures the driver can keep the engine on the redline without losing sight of the road ahead. A 4-speed manual transmission with Hurst shifter puts the power to the rear wheels. Firestone Wide O Oval tires are fitted for maximum grip, although burnouts are hard to avoid!

Offered from a prominent Reno, Nevada-based collection of sports and special interest automobiles, this powerful 1970 Nova LT/1 'Yenko Deuce' Coupe benefits from a high-quality, nut-and-bolt restoration performed, and would be a 'shoe-in' to any muscle or sports car collection.



Saleroom notices

  • Please note, that further information has come to light from an independent Yenko enthusiast, suggesting that this example was the 51st of the just 125 COPO Novas ordered by Yenko in the first batch. The car was given Yenko stock number YS-053, and originally sold by Dale Chevrolet of Waukesha, WI. 35 Yenko Novas are believed to have been finished in Fathom Blue; of which 21 were 4-speeds, like this car.
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<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
<b>1970 Chevrolet Nova lt/1 Yenko Deuce Coupe</b><br />  Chassis no. 114270W350058
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