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Mecum Will Have Several Examples To Choose From

Yenko Camaro

There’s 3,635 horsepower heading to the Mecum auction block between June 27-28 in Indianapolis, and it’s all coming from the supercharged LT1-based engines of no less than four modern Yenko Chevrolet Camaro muscle cars built by Specialty Vehicle Engineering. Split between one 2017 Camaro, two 2018 Camaros, and one 2019 Camaro, they’ve barely been driven, with total milage between the four coming to just 505 miles. In other words, they’re super fresh, and were all owned by collectors.

Let’s start with the 2017 Yenko Camaro. Only one of 50 produced, it comes in Mosaic Black paint, white stripes, Yenko-badged brake calipers, and Michelin Pilot Sport radials on 20-inch gunmetal finish 5-spoke wheels with “sYc” center caps. Under the hood is a supercharged LT1 V8 displacing a custom 6.8L, with CNC ported LT4 cylinder heads, and a lot more. Total output: 800 horsepower. The odometer reads 165 miles.

The pair of 2018 Yenko Camaros each carry 1,000 horsepower apiece. And the owner of the one colored in Red Hot seemed to have gotten a little enjoyment with it, as the odometer reads 254 miles. It’s number 15 of 25 produced. The darker Garnet Red 2018 Yenko Camaro has a mere 51 miles on it, and is number 16 of 25 produced. These two SVE machines are likely to fetch top dollar compared to the other two, as they’re harder to find and feature much more horsepower.

Finally, the 2019 Yenko Camaro is a Stage 1 model with 835 horsepower. Only one of 25, the build carried a $46,995 premium over the cost of the donor car. And rightfully so, as there’s a lot that’s gone into it. Like the others, it features a forged 4340 steel crankshaft, H-beam connecting rods and forged aluminum pistons within the engine. CNC-ported LT4 cylinder heads provide enhanced airflow to keep up with the upgraded fuel system and injectors feeding a high-output supercharger with optional custom white finish. And finally, a custom performance tune.

The COVID-19 crisis has shut down large events all the way into June, but it appears Mecum isn’t about to pull the plug on its Indy 2020 auction just yet. For more Yenko Camaro news, check out our write up of the 2020 model.

Yenko Camaro
2020 SVE Yenko Camaro

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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