Chevrolet Camaro Yenko 427/450 1968

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Camaro Yenko 427/450 1968





The styling of the 1968 Camaro was very similar to the 1967 design. With the introduction of Astro Ventilation, a fresh-air-inlet system, the side vent windows were deleted. Side marker lights were added on the front and rear fenders which was a government requirement for all 68 vehicles. It also had a more pointed front grille and divided rear taillights. The front running lights (on non-RS models) were also changed from circular to oval. The big block SS models received chrome hood inserts that imitated velocity stacks.

The shock absorber mounting was staggered to resolve wheel hop issues and higher performance models received multi-leaf rear springs instead of single-leaf units. A 396 cu in (6.5 L) 350hp (261 kW) big block engine was added as an option for the SS, and the Z28 appeared in Camaro brochures. The 427 cu in (7.0 l) was not available as a Regular Production Option (RPO). Several dealers, such as Baldwin-Motion, Dana, and Yenko, offered the 427 as a dealer-installed replacement for the factory-supplied 396cid engine.

Encouraged by the success of the 1967 model, Yenko continued to produce his Camaros. All cars came equipped with the M-21 close-ratio four speed manual transmission. A large, twin-scooped hood replaced the "Stinger" version, and Yenko badges graced the sides and tail light plate. The COPO model came with upgraded suspension, 140 mph (230 km/h) speedometer and other items but not the 427 ci engine. Yenko then swapped the factory 396 ci engine for the 427 ci engine up until in 1969 when the 427's were installed by Chevrolet. All 1968 Yenkos were outfitted with a Muncie M-21 4-speed transmission and air spoiler package. The Yenko dealership finished the unit with a special fiberglass cold-air hood, 427/450 hp. short block, 14 X 7 Pontiac II rally gauges.

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