Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
For some guys, going too far is what it's all about. Don Yenko was such a guy, and in 1969, he started stuffing 427s into the compact Nova and created the Deuce-a car that really should be kept in a cage. Since there are only seven or so known to exist today, you can imagine how expensive and highly sought they are. So, what's a guy to do?
Well, you build your own. This neat little 1969 Chevrolet Nova Yenko Tribute gets the look just right: one part low-buck grocery-getter, three parts street brawler, and one part polished debutante. The result is more than just a dressed-up Nova SS replica, but a car that will get attention just for looking good. A lot of the credit must go to the deep maroon paint, which was professionally applied and looks great today. Combined with the white Yenko stripes, it has a very polished, upscale look that works rather well here. Bodywork is great, which it better be because a dash finish will not hide most imperfections. Sure, it's not a perfect show car, but this one isn't garnering many complaints either. The builders also slapped some "SS" badges at the bookends and opted for a slick hood with chrome inserts, but nothing is overbearing, letting that awesome paint and white striping do all the talking. The blacked-out grille insert, chrome bumpers, and trim all look to be newer and provide a shiny contrast to the overall dark theme of the exterior. If you think the pictures make a bold impression, wait until you see this Nova in person.
The bucket-seat interior remains mostly standard-issue Nova, albeit really fresh, clean and nicely trimmed and augmented with a few modern pieces. And of course, there's proper Yenko script in the front headrests. Basic black is the color of choice in a car like this, and the recent seat covers, door panels with white accent stripes, and plush black carpets really dress things up inside. The Grant GT 3-spoke steering with a fat, easy-to-grip rim works well with the B&M ratchet shifter in the floor, and they both add a sporty look to the otherwise simple surroundings. Factory gauges cover the basics of speed and fuel level, while a trio of Auto Meter auxiliary dials under the dash monitor oil pressure, temperature, and RPMs via a large tachometer. There's an original radio still in the factory slot, but other than that, and like in most Novas, it's light on options which is the only way to fly if you're looking for maximum performance. Even the back seat looks great! The trunk is covered in durable paint and you can see that there's really nothing to hide here.
Yenko was using 427 big blocks, but the 454 cubic inch V8 in this Nova gives it startling performance without the complications of an original motor. It's obvious that good money was spent here, from the bright chrome valve covers to the Chevy Orange block to the rumbling Flowmater exhaust note below. A Holley 4-barrel carburetor and Weiand intake manifold are a combination that was perfected years ago, so the sucker runs superbly and with fat long-tube headers, the torque curve is robust. A 700R4 4-speed manual valve body automatic transmission snaps off easy upshifts and is always read to drop down a gear and the freshly rebuilt 12bolt rear end has 4.33 gears and a Posi inside, so no more wasted power. Longtube headers feed a dual exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers and act as a warning to the unwary that this car is serious about its job. Power steering and front disc brakes make the driving experience extremely enjoyable, and the stance is perfected from the Rally wheels wrapped in 225/60/15 front and 235/60/15 rear BFGoodrich T/A white-letter radials.
Clean, affordable performance, this slick Nova Yenko Tribute offers all the right ingredients. Yenko fans, Nova fans, Chevy fans, everyone can agree that this is a cool car. Call now!
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