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1970 Chevy Nova Yenko Deuce




Model from Revell/Monogram Kit # 25-2098 Built on 6-08-2011        1/25 scale

   The Chevrolet Chevy II/Nova is a compact automobile manufactured by the Chevrolet division of General Motors produced in four generations for the 1962 through 1979 model years. Nova was the top model in the Chevy II lineup through 1968. The Chevy II nameplate was dropped, Nova becoming the nameplate for the 1969 through 1979 models. Built on the X-body platform, the Nova was replaced by the 1980 Chevrolet Citation introduced in the spring of 1979. The Nova nameplate returned in 1986, produced through 1988 as a NUMMI manufactured, subcompact based on the front wheel drive, Japan home-based Toyota Sprinter.

Third generation (19681974)

   The 1968 models were fully redesigned with an extensive restyle on a longer 111-inch wheelbase that gave Chevy's compacts a chassis that was just one inch shorter than that of the midsize Chevelle coupe. The station wagon and hardtop sport coupe were discontinued, the former in line with an industry trend which left AMC the only American maker of compact station wagons until Chrysler rejoined the market in 1976 (the 1966-70 Ford Falcon wagon was actually a midsize, using a body-shell identical to the Fairlane wagon's). One notable change was the front sub-frame assembly as compared with Ford, Chrysler and AMC, in whose cars the entire front suspension was integrated with the body-shell, a separate sub-frame housing the power-train and front suspension (similar to the front part of the frame of GM's full-size, full-framed vehicles) replaced the earlier style. Although the front sub-frame design was unique for the Nova, the Camaro introduced a year earlier was the first to incorporate such a design; the redesigned Nova was pushed a year ahead to 1968 instead of 1967. The sales brochure claimed 15 power-train choices for coupes and a dozen for sedans. Options included power brakes and steering, Four-Season or Comfort-Car air conditioning, rear shoulder belts, and head restraints.

Don Yenko - Yenko Deuce

Don Yenko learned the Chevrolet car and truck industry from his father, a very successful man in the industry. Both Yenkos liked Chevrolet performance, and road racing was Don's forte.

Knowing how to manipulate the almost unknown factory "Central Office Production Order" (COPO) program, he first ordered some special '65 Corvairs, named them Yenko Stingers, and went road racing with customers and friends alike. Today, they are legendary. His name is also legendary in Camaro, Chevelle, and Nova camps by creating some of the baddest rides on the streets in the late 60's.

In 1970, the Clean Air Act of 1970 changed the direction of Yenko's creations. This new national legislation, combined with ultra-high-cost performance car insurance woes, made Don Yenko counter with the 1970 LT1 Z/28 350-powered Yenko Deuce Nova.It was a COPO, and it was advertised as a "mini musclecar." It supposedly flew under the performance car insurance premium radar.

Total '70 Yenko Deuce sales were said to be 175 according to "Super Chevy" magazine. The car features a Z/28 Camaro LT1 Corvette 350 engine, a Muncie 4-speed manual, F41 sport suspension and a 12-bolt differential with a 4.10:1 posi-traction. Rally wheels without trim rings were also part of the base package.






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