David S. Wallens Editorial Director
Jan. 5, 2018 2:55 p.m.


Story By David Wallens • Photos By Tom Suddard

It was specifically built for racing and features a competition-tuned, six-cylinder, air-cooled engine in the back–and, no, it’s not a Porsche. Meet the 1966 Yenko Stinger, the first fortified, competition-tuned car built by Don Yenko, the Pennsylvania Chevrolet dealer who’d eventually become a darling of the muscle car world.

Like a certain Texan with a penchant for wearing bib overalls and a cowboy hat, Yenko was simply trying to build a better mousetrap. His quarry? SCCA Production-category competition. His raw piece of clay? The Chevrolet Corvair. His impetus? Thanks to the Shelby GT350, the Corvettes that he had been campaigning in SCCA B Production were no longer competitive.

Yenko wasn’t heading into totally unchartered waters. Soon after the Corvair’s debut, John Fitch–the championship driver, World War II fighter pilot and highway safety advocate–released the Fitch Sprint. Fitch’s creation added more power, better handling and a few European dashes of flavor to the Corvair’s basic package, and Yenko was one of the first dealers to offer the Fitch Sprint. He figured that with the right modifications, the Corvair could be a road race contender, too.

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GTXVette Dork
Jan. 5, 2018 6:26 p.m.

Be Still My Pounding Heart !!!!!!    Oh God a wave of Memories from my Early years 69-71,   Wallens did you ever ride the back way from Virginia Highlands over to Emory, Great roads.  'Cause you said Automod.

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