'69 Chevy Nova
Yenko Chevrolet in Houston, Pa., began producing high-performance Chevys in the '60s like Baldwin Chevrolet in New York. They included Corvairs, Novas, Camaros and Chevelles. The insignia was SYC with the Y larger in the insignia which stood for Yenko Super Car. Don Yenko was a big race car participant in races like the one held in Sebring each year. The cars were produced with high-performance engines, transmissions and rear ends. Stock items included larger-volume carburetors, high-rise manifolds, factory headers, Hurst 4-speed floor shifters, factory tachometers, heavy-duty shocks, low (4/10) rear-end gears and factory wide oval tires. The cars were dressed with insignia designations on the interior headrests and on each side of the car. I purchased the one in this picture in 1969 after finishing classes at Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, just prior to heading back to Florida. The car, a 1969 Nova Yenko Super Car, was equipped with a 396-cubic-inch engine with 400-plus horsepower. This car was one of only nine produced by Yenko beginning that year. After the nine? He went to a 427-cubic-inch engine. The Nova I purchased was a trade-in, low miles, and had body work done to it. The SYC insignia designations were not replaced on the sides of the car after it was repainted, though the SYC insignia designations remained on the headrests. I sold it several years later, though I sure wish I still had it. The Yenko cars are worth mega bucks now. And the rare limited-edition 396-cubic-inch cars are worth even more. The picture is taken where I lived in Peters Township growing up, just outside Canonsburg, Pa., where Yenko Chevrolet is now located. I sure loved street racing this machine. It was BAD!