1968 Yenko 435 Corvette
1968 Yenko 435 Corvette
This 1968 Yenko 435 Corvette is original and unrestored. It only has 7.800 original miles on it and it was stored for over 35 years. As you can see, it has some very unique features about it. An aftermarket hood and side pipes have been on this 435 Corvette since new. The Astro aluminum wheels that are on this car were a favorite of Don Yenko’s and the original Goodyear Polyglas GT tires are still rolling. This has all been documented with the car shipper paperwork, Protect-O-Plate, Yenko receipt, owner’s manual and copy of the original title. Mecum Auctions has offered this Yenko Corvette at its auctions and here is what they said about it:
Sold new at famed Yenko Chevrolet in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, this 1968 Chevrolet 435 Corvette Coupe was discovered in 2011 in storage in a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-area garage. Original and unrestored, it had been driven a mere 7,800 miles and then parked, remaining undercover until it was found and purchased by well-known Pennsylvania collectors Terry and Diane Kriss. The original purchaser of this 1968 Chevrolet 435 Corvette Coupe likely knew exactly what he had in mind before he walked into Yenko Chevrolet.
He ordered the most potent drivetrain available this side of the full-race L88, specifying the immensely powerful L71 427/435 HP Tri Power-equipped big-block V-8, K66 transistorized ignition, close-ratio Muncie 4-speed manual transmission and a 4.11:1 Positraction rear end. Having secured all the go-fast goodies to make it untouchable on the street, he added F41 heavy-duty suspension and J50 power brakes to give it the agility to match.
Then he addressed comfort, adding a telescopic steering column, Soft Ray-tinted glass, an AM/FM radio and shoulder harnesses. He also wanted to give his new Corvette an extra serving of individuality, and that is where Yenko applied its magic touch, installing Yenko/Astro 5-spoke aluminum wheels and Goodyear Polyglas GT tires, side exhaust, progressive carburetor linkage and a custom hood. Finished in Silver Pearl with a black-vinyl interior, the Corvette was driven sparingly until it was finally placed in long-term storage around 1980. It was found to retain almost all the original paperwork and documentation, including the Yenko bill of sale and embossed leather key holder, Corvette order form and owner’s manual packet, which includes the owner’s manual and Protect-O-Plate. Even the original Uniroyal Tiger Paw spare tire was present, along with the original Lucas Flamethrower high-beam headlights and the original plastic license-plate frame.
Upon taking possession of this incredible find, the Krisses commenced a thorough mechanical and cosmetic refreshing. The paint, interior and chrome were cleaned and detailed, the brake, fuel and cooling systems were renewed, and the 427 CI Tri-Power engine was returned to proper tune. An article chronicles the car’s history and renewal in the February 2011 issue of “Vette Vues Magazine.” An unrestored Tri-Power 435 Corvette coupe with incredibly low mileage and documented Yenko provenance, this 1968 Corvette is without doubt a premier candidate for any Corvette collection.