Yenko Chevrolet is legendary worldwide, but unfortunately, met its demise nearly 30 years ago. After a long slumber, the name has been reincarnated with a C7 Corvette as its starting point.
If you’re not familiar with Yenko, here’s a brief backstory to bring you up to speed.
Yenko Chevrolet was a Bow Tie dealership located at 575 West Pike Street in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, back in the day.
In business from 1949 until 1982, the dealership became famous for selling customized Chevrolets in the late 1960s. Referred to today as “Yenkos,” they are among the most sought after vehicles from the golden era of horsepower.
Recently, at a Classic Industries open house, SVE took the wraps off their reincarnated Yenko and we were there to see it. Members of the media huddled around the building where a familiar shape was visible beneath an opaque black car cover. David Hamburger, the Vice President of Specialty Vehicle Engineering, introduced himself and set the stage for a big unveiling.
When the curtain was pulled back, a very black, very nasty 800hp C7 Yenko Corvette was revealed. With 20 Yenko badges, Hugger Orange stripes and dozens of boutique touches, the car is darn near bespoke. Although you can have your Yenko Corvette built in any Chevy factory color, SVE will make a total of only 50 examples.
Here’s A list Of The Extensive Mods And Equipment From SVE:
Custom-built 416 C.I.D. LT-1 engine w/aluminum block, forged 4340-steel crankshaft and H-beam rods, forged aluminum pistons, CNC ported and polished LT-1 cylinder heads, LT-4 fuel system and injectors*
YENKO 800HP Supercharged machined into the top supercharger top
Custom performance tune
Cast aluminum quad exhaust tip with brushed aluminum face and YENKO Supercharged machined in
sYc® hood, roof, decklid and side stripe graphics with matching painted hood grille *Hugger Orange *Gloss Black1 *Silver1 *Corvette Racing Yellow *White *Red *Satin Black *Gray *Blue
Available SVE stripe colors. All others are GM factory colors