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April 24, 2019

By: Jonathan

CARS

Rare Yenko Stinger Racer Headed To Indianapolis Auction

It’s said that, “necessity is the mother of all invention” and nowhere is that more true than an American motorsports, from limited run special editions so manufacturers could race in NASCAR to the formation of NASCAR as a whole. This 1966 Chevrolet Yenko Stinger mirrors the former more than the latter as it was one of 100 produced as a work around race SCCA racing rules.

According to the car’s history, Don Yenko wanted to compete in a Chevrolet Corvair, but SCCA wasn’t going to allow for this. His solution, in short, buy a bunch of Corvairs and rebrand them into Yenko Stingers. Literally, he removed all the Chevy and Corvair markings on the cars. However, it was the removal of the back seat and numerous changes that tailored the car for racing and ultimately got it on the track in SCCA events.

This specific Yenko Stinger would have a storied race career before being retired and sold. It would ultimately find its way into the collection of Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor (Tim Allen), who would own the rare car for over 15 years. The classic racer, now with an even more storied past, will again change owners in mid-May at Mecum Indy where it is expected to fetch as much as $100,000.

[Photography courtesy of Mecum Auctions.]

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