There is no arguing that Chevrolet’s 1969 Chevelle is an extremely collectible car. although the ‘70 Chevelle seems to get more attention, and is a little more popular with collectors. But, you can bump up the collectability of a car quite a bit when the Yenko name is added to the mix. Take this 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle for example. Wait. Take this all-original and unrestored 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Chevelle with the broadcast sheet, for example.
A quick stroll through any classic car sales periodical will show you that, on average, a well-equipped ’69 Chevelle in excellent condition can fetch as much as $100,000. For that, you’re usually going to be looking at a car that’s been used and abused over the years, and rebuilt at least once. The knowledgeable folks at Mecum Auctions are saying this one should sell at their Kissimmee, Florida, event for somewhere between $225,000 and $275,000 when it goes on the block at the 2016 auction being held between the 15th and 24th of January.
This particular ’69 Yenko Chevelle, is from the collection of Wayne Schmeekle, and as we have eluded to, is an unrestored, fully-authenticated Yenko Chevelle, with the broadcast sheet. Amazingly, this one also has the build sheet and original owner’s manual, the order form, new-car invoice from the dealership, and Yenko’s pre-delivery checklist.
This car is one of only 99 1969 Yenko COPO Chevelles that were built. It’s got a 425 horsepower, 427 cubic-inch L72 solid-lifter big-block engine under the hood. Backing that up is an Turbo 400 automatic transmission sending torque to the 4.10 12-bolt rear-end. It’s also got power disc-brakes up front, power steering, heavy-duty cooling (four-core radiator) and suspension systems.
Although COPO Chevelles were based on the Malibu coupe, Yenkos came with Super Sport styling in the form of blackout grille and tail panels, the Super Sport hood, and bucket seats. Instead of being ordered through Yenko’s dealership, this particular car was ordered through Grossman Chevrolet in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
So, what do you think this car will bring at auction? Will hit the mark as estimated by Mecum? Let us know what you think.