As you well know, if you read the articles that I write, my main interest is in muscle cars, and I continually write on this subject, today I'd like to talk about the special muscle cars, like the ZL1 Corvettes and Camaros, and the Yenko Camaro, along with the Yenko Nova, and Chevelle.
If your in to these kind of cars, then you know that they didn't build very many of them, and thus, they are vary hard to find, one of the reasons that people want them so bad, these cars were not the same as all the other muscle cars, oh I forgot to mention one of them, and that would be the L-88 Corvette, yet another very special muscle car.
While all the other muscle cars would perform well enough to impress the average enthusiast, these cars were basically race cars that were being driven on the street, some of them even came with no heater or radio, to discourage their use on the street, although this didn't curb people driving them on the street vary much, the car companies learned vary quickly, that people are stubborn.
The L-88 Corvette won the a lot of the vary big races of it's day, when it was released in 1966 it won the 24 hours of Lemans, and this is a huge feat, a feat that the Corvette still does today, the 1/4 mile stats on this particular car are vary hard to find, or I would add them in also.
We has the Yenko Camaros running in the 11 second range on a continuous basis, and the ZL1 Camaros running in the mid 10's on a continuous basis, and these time were in street dress, with slicks and uncorked headers, no huge mods to speak of, except a professional driver, which does of course make a huge difference in the performance of the car. Yes these cars were a breed all their own, while they did look like your standard muscle cars, they were very different in reality, these cars were not for the weak of heart, as they were vary high powered, and vary high performance cars, and they are at the top of my list, along with the hemi mopars of the day, they hold a vary special place in my heart.
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