The Corvair is not the first car that comes to mind when talking about racing, but there were actually some serious race Corvairs built back in the day. This is one of those machines. It is a 1966 Yenko Stinger and it came from the factory as a race car. Few probably even knew that Yenko got ahold of a few Corvairs to build these track machines. This car has documented history and has been professionally restored so it is not going to go cheap. Find it here on eBay with bidding at $50k and the BIN at $82k! The car is located in Ozark, Missouri and the auction has about five days left.
This is the most expensive Corvair we have ever seen, but it is also the best we have ever seen. Yenko built 100 of these in 1966 for homologation in SCCA racing. They came from Yenko with stiff suspension, quick steering box, and dual master cylinder brakes. Power was put to the road with wider wheels and the body was lightened up with a few fiberglass panels. This car has been completely restored using many NOS parts.
Here is the original air cooled engine. It features four Rochester carbs on top of Yenko headers. Yenko literature rates the stage 3 Stinger engine at 220 horsepower! According to the seller, there were only four or five cars produced in this Stage 3 SCCA D Production race form.
Nothing too special here, but the interior does look like it just came from the showroom. We wonder how well those seats keep the driver from sliding around while out on the track. This car was raced extensively as proven by the photos and details posted on thiscrazygarage.com. The car was even used in the movie, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo during a few of the race scenes.
Here is a shot of the back seat and the factory installed roll bar. This car was obviously built to be used during the week and then driven to the track and raced on the weekend. We wish manufacturers were still putting out cars like this. Can you imagine putting an order in for a factory race car? The asking price seems very high here, but with all the documented history and the thorough restoration it may be worth it. If nothing else, it was fun to learn about this interesting vintage race car.