The 1966 Chevrolet Corvair Yenko Stinger


Jay takes the task of giving the specifications of one of his favorites, the 1966 Chevrolet Corvair Yenko Stinger. This type of Chevrolet is associated with Don Yenko, which was his very first race car. He ordered 100 of them from Chevrolet and they came with specific serial numbers. This one has a serial number of 54.

One of the features that stand out is white with a blue strip color, used in American racing. Jay bought this particular Corvair from a firefighter, Jeff, who did excellent work in maintaining the car. Asked on how he acquired the car, Jeff recounts to be the third owner. At the time of acquisition, the car was very rusty with the front suspension worn out. He redid most parts with the aim of restoring its originality. Jeff repainted the car, did a mild upgrade on the engine, changed the wheel from the original 13 inches to 15 inches, and changed the braking system from the original drum brakes – remember it dates back to 1966.

We cannot rule out the possibility of the existence of fake Corvair Yenko Stingers. Luckily, Charlie “Bud” George wrote a book called Don Yenko and the Yenko Stinger that contains very comprehensive details of every single of the 100 Corvair Yenko Stingers. As stated earlier, every one of the Stingers had a serial number. George put in the book the location of the hidden serial numbers. Other details included in the book include the tag and VIN numbers of each car, the owner of the car and a small history of the cars. For this particular Yenko Stinger, serial number 54, Jeff kept every paperwork of the car, one of which records the repair of clutch and flywheels done in 1967. The tech manual is also available in the paperwork kept by Jeff. His job as a firefighter explains the honesty.

Many things make this stage 2 Corvair different from other vehicles. These include the sail panel meant to stiffen the car since it is a racing car and the lack of grill on the front. Beautiful work done in the hood is keeping it clean with a Cadillac a door master (first year for Chevrolet to use door masters), the back hood is made of fiberglass with cooling ventilation, and it has a wooden-like steering wheel for light steering. The two-sitter Corvair has a nice simulator with wood finish, an AM/FM radio, four carburetors, and a six flat engine.

Finally, Jay takes what America would have built for a Porsche for a road test. The 120 horse power machine uses air for cooling that is actually better since they can stay for long without corrosion, unlike the engine that uses water for cooling. Since such cars are few out there, their prices could be relatively higher. After watching this video, you want to take a ride in the 1966 Corvair Yenko Stinger.

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