As Chevrolet enthusiasts who regularly attend car shows, we see Yenko replicas all the time. We can’t blame people, authentic Yenkos are so rare, if you can’t have an original, there’s no shame in getting as close as possible. However, since Barrett-Jackson offers some of the highest quality and rarest of vehicles, it wasn’t surprising when we ran into this genuine 1970 Chevrolet Nova Yenko Deuce in Scottsdale.
The first thing we noticed about the car was the unique color. “Citrus Green,” as it’s called, is a rare color that was only applied to Chevrolets in the springtime and is one of those colors that is either loved, or hated by enthusiasts. We, quite frankly, love it, especially when paired with the silver Atlas wheels, which are NOS (New Old Stock), and the black Yenko Deuce graphics.
The car is listed as car number “HYS 141” on the Yenko delivery sheets and is one of only 175 total produced. Pushing around all of this old, rare, sheetmetal is a correct-dated and stamped COPO 9010-optioned 350/360hp LT1 restoration engine backed to a correct-dated and stamped Muncie M21 4-speed manual restoration transmission. Heavy-duty F41 suspension, sway bar, and 4:10 posi-traction hooked to a 12-bolt rear end are all part of the factory equipped COPO 9737 sport-car conversion package.
The laser-straight body with show-quality paint features a fully detailed underside with all-correct inspection markings and decals as well as show-quality chrome and stainless. Its fully detailed trunk is equipped with the correct jack and spare XT rim and tire and the car is fully documented with its VIN on the Yenko delivery sheets, listed in the Yenko Deuce Registry and NCRS Data Shipping Report (showing Yenko as the selling dealer). This example still retains its original Trim Tag and hidden VIN numbers along with a breakdown of all its mechanicals with part numbers and date codes.
Saying all of these specs out loud is quite the mouthful, but it all comes together to form one very rare Yenko Deuce, and one that we were privileged to have seen in person. And since this is a Barrett-Jackson feature car, the question that you’re probably wondering is, “What did it sell for?” Well, on Saturday, arguably the largest day of the auction, the highest bidder offered $110,000, including buyer commission, for this piece of history.
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