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October 7, 2019

By: Jonathan

CARS

Yenko Stinger Once Owned By Tim Allen For Sale

When you have a hit show that’s earned you the nickname “The Tool Man” you’re bound to own a car or two. One of such cars once owned by Tim Allen is this 1966 Chevrolet Yenko Stinger which will be sold this weekend at Mecum’s Las Vegas auction.

 

In 1965 Don Yenko realized he was in need of an edge to stay competitive in the SCCA, but two factors would make this difficult: the certification process and time. Yenko knew that the Chevrolet Corvair would be the competitive car he was looking for, but being a sedan it wouldn’t fly for the SCCA. Yenko wouldn’t be phased and ordered a slew of Corvairs to covert into acceptable Yenko Stingers. Now it was only a matter of time to get the Corvairs repurposed and rebadged in just under two months to be certified in time. Yenko would make the deadline and not stop there, by 1967 185 of the Yenko Stingers would be made, but this example, YS-043, represents one of the first run of 100 completed in the first two month span.

 

Prepped for racing the cars feature engine mods, chassis upgrades, back seat deletes and now are putting out 240hp. YS-043 had a storied racing career into the 1970s before retiring into collections, including a stint in Tim Allen’s collection where it remained for 15 years. The car will again find a new home this weekend in Las Vegas.

[Photography courtesy of Mecum Auctions.]

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