1970 Chevrolet Nova

"Yenko Deuce"


Configuration: COPO-installed LT1 small-block, rear-wheel drive

Engine: V8

Displacement: 350 cu. in.

Horsepower: 360hp

Transmission: 4-speed manual with 4.11:1 ratio 12-bolt posi-traction rear

A Little History

Don Yenko was an American race car driver most known for creating the Yenko Camaro, a high-performance version of the Chevrolet Camaro.

In 1957, Yenko set up a performance shop in Canonsburg, PA for Chevrolet vehicles, where customers could either order high performance parts or have their car modified by Yenko’s mechanics.

As the popularity of muscle cars in the 1970’s declined due to higher insurance premiums and tighter emission rules, Yenko shrewdly countered with modifications to the 1970 Nova.

Instead of putting a big block 427 cu. in. in his special Nova, Yenko convinced GM to put in the powerful small block 350 cu.in. shared by the new Z-28 Camaro and LT1 Corvette.

This Nova Yenko Deuce is one of only 175 produced in 1970. The hood mounted tachometer is unique to the Yenko Nova. Painted in Cranberry Red with white Yenko graphics, this Nova Yenko Deuce’s small block features a solid-lifter camshaft, aluminum intake manifold, special finned-aluminum valve covers, a simple bench seat, black on black leather and subtle Yenko trim details.

One of 122 produced in 1970 with a 4-speed manual transmission, which uses a Muncie shifter and the 12-bolt Posi-traction differential.

Don Yenko nicknamed this car “Deuce” after the 1963 Beach Boys’ hit “Little Deuce Coupe,” which in turn referred to Ford’s 1932 Model 18, considered by auto enthusiasts to be ‘the definitive hot-rod.’

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