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1969 Yenko Camaro - No Way To Treat A Yenko

But Now It's Found A Home

Photography by Terry Cole

Parked among the large assembly of great Camaros at the Indy Super Chevy Show, Jim and Leila Shockley's Rally Green '69 Yenko managed to attract those in the know about Camaros, Yenkos, and a great restoration. We weren't sure we had ever seen a Yenko this color but it sure is right for this car.

Jim told us he has known of this car for at least 25 years while it has passed through several owners around the Shockley's hometown of St. Charles, Missouri. He told a friend about it the first time it was advertised and that friend bought it. After 2 years, it was sold and before Shockley finally got his hands on it, there were three more owners. One can guess what condition it was in when it finally got unloaded in Jim and Leila's driveway. Actually Leila told the driver who delivered it on a trailer "it's only half a car!" He agreed and answered that the other half was coming in a bunch of boxes. Wives just love that. Of course he only paid $750 for it in 1985.

The original block was beyond hope so the Shockley's searched for 5 years to find a replacement with a correct build date and casting number. The car went together and came apart once before they found the original build sheet under the front seat, from Yenko to Vant Chevrolet in Mission, Kansas. The Shockleys, including son Keith, restored and rebuilt the car in Keith's garage, and debuted it a the 2001 Super Car Reunion in Collinsville, Illinois. Since then it has garnered numerous First Place trophies and several Best Of Show awards. Looks like it's a keeper.

TECH SPECS Owner Jim and Leila Shockley, St. Charles, MO
Vehicle '69 Yenko Camaro
Engine '69 427ci Chevrolet big-block, 11.5:1 compression ratio,
stock cam, stock aluminum manifold, Holley carb, stock
exhaust manifold with factory air pump, machine work
by National Auto Supply, Overland, MO, assembled by owner
Transmission '69 Muncie M21 four-speed, assembled by Delzia Sutton, St. Charles, MO
Rearend GM 12-bolt, 4.10:1 Positraction
Suspension
Front Stock, big-block springs, Delco Spiral shocks, front disc power brakes
Rear Stock, drum brakes
Wheels Stock Rallye, 15x7
Tires Goodyear Polyglas, F70-15
Exterior Rally Green/PPG painted by Keith Shockley
Interior Original buckets, stock black GM upholstery material,
D&R Classic carpets (black), reproduction GM door
panels, Stewart Warner 970 tach, Hurst shifter,
upholstery by Stitch-N-Fit, Troy, MO
Stereo Factory AM radio, one speaker in dash
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