Ride Of The Week 05/09/2022: Marlin Spotts' 1970 Yenko Deuce
THE DEUCE THAT’S DONE IT ALL
The story behind this #rideoftheweek is a car that’s done it all: daily driver, drag racer, show car and neglected candidate for restoration, out rotting in a field.
In 1970, Yenko Chevrolet took its COPO Dealer magic reserved for Camaros, Chevelles and Corvairs and applied it to the Nova resulting in the Yenko Deuce package. It was a 1-year only run with 175 cars produced, 25 in Gobi Beige.
The original owner of this example purchased it from a Yenko affiliated dealership in Indianapolis, IN and drove it daily to the tune of 99,000 mi. The second owner used it for drag racing, however, after burning a piston, the Deuce was left to rot in a Kentucky field for about 10 years.
It was rescued by a gentleman from Tennessee who then advertised it in Auto Trader Magazine in 1996 where the current custodian, Marlin Spotts of Douglasville, PA, bought it and began the 5-year restoration project.
This car is powered by the LT-1 V8 from the 1970 Z-28, mated to a four-speed and numbers-matching posi-traction rear end with 4.10 gears. It is documented to be the 17th car of the 175 produced in 1970 and has a lot of period advertising from Nankivell Chevrolet in Indianapolis.
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