Smokey Yunick’s 1967 Chevelle

June 16th, 2011

One of the most historically significant stock cars of all time, built by a true genius, this car has become an icon of ‘60s stock car racing even though it was never allowed to race. Built for the 1968 Daytona 500 the car was actually a 1967 body with a 1966 nose that Smokey felt was aerodynamically superior to the ‘67 front end sheet metal.

The car weighed 3,900 lbs. and was powered by a de-stroked version of the Chevrolet Rat motor that displaced 416cid. Smokey’s theory was that less reciprocating mass meant higher backstretch RPM and decreased fatigue. The engine made 450HP at 7600RPM.