The dealership closed in the early 1980s and now original sixties Yenko Camaros are some of the most collectible muscle cars in the world.
The name has reappeared on a number of aftermarket late model speciality Chevy products over the years and the most recent one is this – the 2019 Yenko/SC Corvette Stage II. Built by Speciality Vehicle Engineering, it’s based on a brand new Corvette Grandsport which has been supercharged to the tune of 1000hp and 875lb-ft of torque.
To create the Yenko, SVE start with the standard naturally aspirated 6.2-litre LT1 V8, increase the capacity to 6.8-litres and add in bigger forged pistons, a forged crank, tougher rods, plus stronger main and head studs. They ditch the factory cylinder heads for a set of CNC ported LT4 cylinder heads from the supercharged Corvette Z06 and top the whole deal off with a 2.9-litre supercharger.
As you would expect it also comes with a larger fuel system, better flowing exhaust and bigger throttle body too. All of this American muscle can be ordered from a regular Chevy dealership and comes with a three year or 36,000 mile warranty on all the bits that SVE modify.
All up it will set you back a cool $68,995 USD, on top of the price of regular Corvette. But wait, there’s more – if you want the automatic version that’s $77,995 USD plus vehicle cost because the ‘box has stronger internals. SVE will build just 25 Yenko Stage I (825hp version for peasants) and II’s.
What do you think? We can’t help but feel there are cheaper ways to build a 1000hp Corvette.