Wanna Go Yenko? There’s an Auction for That

August 25th, 2014

1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro

Assuming you have no connection with an apparently successful but now convicted group of criminals, you could become the proud new owner of a rare American muscle car.

A group of extraordinary cars seized by U.S. Marshals are being brought to auction and sold to anyone who meets these two criteria:

  1. Can arrange financing before the sale and pay cash at the auction, along with having a $10,000 cashier’s check on hand before bidding.
  2. Can certify that the car isn’t being purchased with the intent of being returned to the convicted.

Is this you? Then get yourself to New Jersey and start bidding on one of these classics.

In the late 1960s, a Chevrolet car dealer wanted a way to stay competitive with the likes of the Shelby Mustang. Don Yenko of Yenko Chevrolet convinced GM to build a batch of Camaros powered by a 427-cubic-inch V8, which Yenko then customized even further. Only 201 of these cars were built in 1969, one of which is now up for auction.

Yenko also customized the Nova and Chevelle, and one of each will also be auctioned.

Whoever owned these cars certainly appreciated the best of vintage General Motors but was not averse to Ford products. A 1970 Boss 429 and the legendary 1967 Shelby GT 500 are also on the auction list.

1969 Shelby GT500

These cars are in pristine condition and were obviously owned by someone with a keen appreciation for the very best in American muscle, regardless of brand.

If you’re at all interested in getting your right foot on the pedal of any of these cars, know they won’t come cheap. A mint Yenko Camaro can sell for close to $300,000 and I expect this one will follow suit.

For a full list of cars being sold, check out the auction page. Even if you’re in no position to buy, it sure is fun to dream.

Which would you buy: the 1969 Yenko Camaro or the 1967 Shelby GT500?

-tgriffith

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