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PENNSYLVANIA Dealers- Yenko Chevrolet
Written by Double Dragon
Monday, 05 December 2011 20:48

PENNSYLVANIA Dealers

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Writing and photography copyright D. S. Brown except for Yenko artwork copyright Yenko Chevrolet.

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Barr Ford, Philadelphia, PA (early Mustang sale)

Block Pontiac Inc, Philadelphia, PA

Lou Block Pontiac Inc, Philadelphia, PA

E. E. Brumbaugh Inc, (Pontiac), Landsdowne, PA/ Closed
Carroll Pontiac Inc, Clairton, PA
Century III Chevrolet, West Mifflin, PA (1980)

Chapman Northeast Ford, Pennsylvania, PA

Dave Clarke Pontiac Inc, Wilkinburg, PA
Cochran Pontiac, North Braddock, PA
Colussy Motor Co (Chevrolet), Bridgeville, PA (1918)/ 412-564-4132
Constantin Pontiac, Pittsburg, PA
Downtown Motors of Pittsburg, Inc, PA

Erwin Chevrolet, Philadelphia, PA

Al Forsyth Chevrolet, Homestead, PA

Heidelberg Motor Company, Carnegie, PA

Hoffman Ford, Harrisburg, PA (717) 657-1710 (sponsored 1962 Galaxie lightweight drag car)

Jones Chevrolet, Warren, PA (814) 406-4968

Kauffman's Chevrolet, New Wilmington, PA
McDougal Pontiac Inc, Coraopolis, PA
Michael Pontiac Inc., Oakmont, PA

Mick's North Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM, Pittsburgh, PA 412-367-7200
Mikan Motor Company, Trafford, PA

Mills Oldsmobile Pontiac, Clarion Junction, PA
Moran Pontiac Inc, Pittsburg, PA
New Wilmington Motors, PA 888-368-0557

Northeast Dodge Inc, Philadelphia, PA
Palmer's Garage Inc, McKeesport, PA

Bob Rafferty Pontiac, GMC, Subaru, Newton Square, PA 610-353-6900

Roberts Chevrolet, Beavertown, PA (formerly Vetter Chevrolet)
Al Schwartz Pontiac Inc, Pittsburg, PA

Shively Motors Inc, Chambersburg, PA 717-264-7134 (sponsored Bud Faubel “Honker” 64 Dodge drag racer)

Staub Chevrolet Sales Inc, New Oxford, PA

Sunny Stein Chevrolet Inc, Philadelphia, PA
Walker Pontiac Inc, Mt. Lebanon, PA
Wright Pontiac Inc, West View, PA
Yenko Chevrolet, Canonsburg, PA

Yetter Chevrolet Company, Beavertown, PA (Racing sponsor/ became Roberts Chevrolet)

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BARR FORD, Philadelphia, PA (early Mustang sale)

Barr Ford was located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The dealership is remembered today for providing one of the earliest Mustang sales. Ronald Hermann was 17 years old when he came to view a Tropical Turquoise convertible rotating on a platform at the dealership. He put down $100.00 deposit on the car and once it had toured eastern Pennsylvania dealerships he was able to take possession on May 14, 1964. This infers that he was the first Mustang buyer since it would place his original deposit all the way back to April 14.

The VIN on the Mustang is 5F08F109846 and it has the 260 c.i. V8 with automatic transmission. The car was driven sparingly and then stored. It sill has the original Firestone tires and shows a mere 17,084 miles. The car was displayed at Allentown's America on Wheels display.

See the story on George Parson's Ford in the NEWFOUNDLAND section of this DEALERSHIPS section for the story of the first production Mustang sold new.

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BLOCK PONTIAC INC, Philadelphia, PA

Lou Block Pontiac was established in 1920. Lou Block was located at 4846 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA and was the largest Pontiac dealer in Pennsylvania in 1960. Lou Block Motors sold imports Renault and Peugeot and was located at 57th and Walnut.

A second Pontiac location known as just Block Pontiac Inc was located at 7227 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the 1960s and 1970s. Stanley J. Block was the owner of this business. After closure of Block Pontiac, Stanley continued to work at Hill Cadillac until he retired at age 83. He died Dec 14, 2012.

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LOU BLOCK PONTIAC INC, Philadelphia, PA

Lou Block Pontiac was established in 1920 and the name Lou Block Pontiac Inc was filed May 22, 1946. Lou Block was located at 4846 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA and was the largest Pontiac dealer in Pennsylvania in 1960. Lou Block Motors sold imports Renault and Peugeot and was located at 57th and Walnut.

A second Pontiac location known as just Block Pontiac Inc was located at 7227 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia. See the story above.

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E. E. BRUMBAUGH INC, (Pontiac), Landsdowne, PA/ Closed

E. E. Brumbaugh Inc was located at 114 E Baltimore Ave, Landsdowne, Pennsylvania. The dealer traces back at least until the 1940s and was car dealership number 303 083.

Of the highly collectible seventeen 1971 Pontiac GTO Judge convertibles built, one of them was shipped to E. E. Brumbaugh Inc. The GTO shipped here was Laurentian Green, VIN 242671P110372. It was Shipped Jan 8, 1971. The rare Judge was owned by Steve and Noreen Brown who sold it through Legendary following a restoration.

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CARROLL PONTIAC INC, Clairton, PA/

Carroll Pontiac Inc, was located at 537 St. Clair Ave, Clairton , PA in 1967. A half page ad in the Pittsburg Press, May 21, 1967 announced "Everyone has great car deals. Only Pontiac dealers have great deals on great cars." A black and white photograph of a Catalina drove home the point. Beneath the ad copy local Pontiac dealers were listed.

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CENTURY III CHEVROLET, West Mifflin, PA  (1980)/ 888-337-8404

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Century III Chevrolet is located at 2430 Lebanon Church Road, West Mifflin, Pennsylvania. They were established in 1980 and have been in West Mifflin for several decades.

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CHAPMAN NORTHEAST FORD, Philadelphia, PA/ 855-864-7605

Chapman Northeast Ford is located at 9371 Roosevelt Blvd in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Established in 1977 the dealership has been the largest volume seller in Pennsylvania for 5 years. As of fall 2013 they had 860 new vehicles on hand, 10 of which were Mustangs including one 2014 new blue Shelby GT500 VIN 1ZVBP8JZ1E5265386.

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DAVE CLARKE PONTIAC INC, Wilkinburg, PA/

Dave Clarke Pontiac Inc, was located at 720 Rebecca Ave, Wilkinburg in 1967

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COCHRAN PONTIAC, North Braddoc, PA/

Cochran Pontiac, was located at 609 Sixth Street, North Braddock, PA in 1967

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COLUSSY CHEVROLET INC, Bridgeville, PA/ 412-564-4132

formerly COLUSSY MOTOR CO, Bridgeville, PA (1918)/

Colussy Chevrolet Inc began in 1918 as Colussy Motor Co on Baldwin Street, Bridgeville, PA. This long standing Chevrolet dealer is currently located at 3073 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, Pennsylvania. The dealership moved in the 1970s but is still family owned and operated and still carries Chevrolet in time when many dealerships have been forced to switch to an import brand to stay solvent.

Established by Albert Colussy, Colussy Motor Co was taken over by his son, Louis 'Skip' Colussy. HIs sons Tim and Jon now run the dealership. Tim Colussy is president and his younger brother Jon Colussy was vice president of the dealership in the 2000s.

90 years ago, Albert Colussy's brothers also got into the car business. One of the Colussy brothers handed down a Ford dealership through the generations but it closed in the 1980s when there wasn't any more family available to carry it on. Fortunately for Chevrolet there are plenty of Colussy's to carry on the Chevy franchise. Even after the 2009 meltdown, Colussy sold 1,300 Chevies in 2010. Naturally, this dealership was tapped for the 'Chevy Runs Deep' ad campaign and some video was shot of the dealership and the Colussy family members.

At the start of 2013, Colussy had 220 new vehicles in stock, 97 of which were cars. They had two new 2013 Corvettes on site, but these were not regular Vettes. One was a 6.2 L Grand Sport and the other was a 7.0 L Corvette convertible which is named by its legendary cubic inch measurement: 427. The 2013 Corvette 427 is VIN 1G1Y73DE5D5700085. The six speed manual 427 is Arctic White with a Blue stripe running over the top of the car down the center and has a Diamond Blue Custom Leather Interior. At $93,320.00 not a lot of these 427s are kicking about, so they are likely to become collector cars in future years.

Colussy also had five new 2013 Camaros on the lot: two six cylinders, two SS cars and then the monster slayer: a ZL1. The Crystal Red Tintcoat 2013 Camaro Convertible ZL1 is VIN 2G1FL3DP7D9804889 and comes with the supercharged 6.2 L engine and an automatic transmission. The interior is Black Leather with Sueded Microfiber inserts. MSRP is $66,695.00, not a bad price for such an insanely fast car and in convertible form no less.

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CONSTANTIN PONTIAC, Pittsburg, PA/

Constantin Pontiac was located at 6314 Forbes Ave at Shady Squirrel Hill, Pittsburg, PA according to a 1967 ad listing a group of Pontiac dealers.

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DOWNTOWN MOTORS OF PITTSBURG INC, Pittsburg, PA/

Downtown Motors of Pittsburg, Inc. was a Pontiac dealer located at 3001 West Liberty Ave, South Hills, Pittsburg, PA. Listed in a 1967 ad listing Pontiac dealers as a group.

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ERWIN CHEVROLET, Philadelphia, PA

Erwin Chevrolet was located at 6000 N Broad, Philadelphia, PA during the 1960s. Erwin had a used car lot at 6001 York Road. Erwin was established in 1916.

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AL FORSYTH CHEVROLET, Homestead, PA (sponsored Al's ZO6 big tank 63 Vette)

Al Forsyth Chevrolet, Homestead, PA

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HEIDELBERG MOTOR CO (Pontiac), Carnegie, PA/

Heidelberg Motor Company was a Pontiac dealer in 1967 located at 419 E Main St, Carnegie, PA.

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HOFFMAN FORD, Harrisburg, PA (717) 657-1710 (Mr. Ford 1962 Galaxie lightweight drag car)

Hoffman Ford is located at 5200 Jonestown Rd., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Hoffman Ford was founded in 1953 in Highspire, PA by Earl Hoffman, Sr.

The dealership has remained a family business and currently the founder's son, Earl Hoffman Jr. is president. His son Todd Hoffman is Vice President, and Ryan Hoffman is Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

One interesting facet of this business is their police interceptor vehicles for sale which ties in with their past image as a performance dealership in the 1960s. They have Ford Police Interceptor sedan and SUV demo cars onsite.

In the 1960s the dealership became connected with some of the rarest factory experimental cars due to the enthusiasm of Earl 'Butch' Hoffman, Jr and his friend Bruce Larson for drag racing. The two friends worked at Hoffman Ford but encountered mechanical failures with their 1962 Galaxie drag car. Earl, Sr was buddies with Lee Iaccoca and sent them to see the president of Ford. The pair were given the parts needed to convert their Galaxie into a lightweight car.

Essentially the pair ended up with a car similar to a small run of special Ford lightweight cars built Aug 12, 1962 at the Wayne, Michigan final assembly plant. There were 10 of these cars built all 'G' code cars (405 HP). The sequential numbers ranged from 15631 to 15640. An 11th car was later built. The cars had no heaters, radios or carpet. Thin rubber mats and lightweight buckets replacing a bench enhanced the weight savings. The 406 engines used the dual quad intake setups.

Bruce Larson was the driver for the Hoffman Ford Galaxie which was now running with factory sponsorship and named 'Mr. Ford'. After the season was over the car was rebodied and sold as a street car.

Hoffman had 323 new Ford vehicles in stock in winter, 2017 of which 83 were cars. Hoffman had 6 new Mustangs in stock.

They had 3 new 2017 Oxford White Police Interceptor sedans in stock. VIN 1FAHP2MK9HG109720 was $30,655.00.

The Ford Taurus is named 'Police Interceptor' and includes column shifted 6 speed automatic and All Wheel Drive, a microphone mounted beside the rear view mirror inside the car and a huge interior light on the headliner. It has large black painted wheels with tiny dog dish chrome caps and low profile tires.

The Police Pursuit car has Back-Up Camera, Flex Fuel, CD Player MP3 Player, Steering Wheel Controls, Child Safety Locks, Electronic Stability Control, Adjustable Pedals, Brake Assist, 4-Wheel ABS, 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, Tire Pressure Monitoring System

The car manages EPA City 18 MPG and EPA Highway 25 MPG.

options include Power Mirror, Rear Defrost, Intermittent Wipers, Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers, AM/FM Stereo, CD Player, MP3 Player, Steering Wheel Audio Controls, Pass-Through Rear SeatRear Bench Seat, Adjustable Steering Wheel, Trip Computer, Power Windows, Cruise Control, A/C, Power Driver Seat, Cloth bucket Seats Adjustable Lumbar, Driver Vanity Mirror, Passenger Vanity Mirror, Adjustable Pedals, Power Door Locks, Traction Control, Stability Control, Front Side Air Bag, Driver Air Bag, Passenger Air Bag, Front Head Air Bag, Rear Head Air Bag, Passenger Air Bag Sensor, Child Safety Locks, Back-Up Camera

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JONES CHEVROLET, Warren, PA (814) 406-4968

Jones Chevrolet is located at 21505 Route 6, Warren, PA. Jones Chevrolet was established in 1911 and celebrated their 100th anniversary in 2011. Lloyd Jones ran the dealership in the 1930s and 1940s, succeeded by Bob, Bill and Brent Jones. The current owner is Brent Jones. Brysten Jones is general manager.

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KAUFFMAN'S CHEVROLET, New Wilmington, PA

Kauffman's Chevrolet was located in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. William H. Kaufman established the dealership and ran it for many years with his wife, Eleanor Eileen Kaufman. Eleanor was born Aug. 18, 1920 to Leo L. and Emma Winger Plotts. She married William H. Kaufman May 22, 1948. The couple lived at South Market Street, New Wilmington and shared duties at the dealership where she was office manager. William died died March 12, 2011 and Eleanor followed him on July 27, 2014 at age 93.

Kauffman's Chevrolet used an interesting promotional item for their dealership. Provided with each new car was a pen knife which had a blank cut as a key for the car. One of our regular readers, Pete Kelley first observed this interesting novelty key in the 1940's when he was a young kid. Pete's story can be read in the Henderson Chevrolet story filed in the OHIO section of the DEALERSHIP stories on this site.

Pete has a collection of these novelty keys. Since 2004 his collection has grown but information about the keys is sparse. Any readers with information are invited to contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We will forward information to Pete.

The pen knives were circulated to many dealerships and available to most manufacturers. Various key blanks were coded for particular manufacturers.

Part Number 3060 fits Ford, Lincoln, Mercury from 1932 to 1951. This blank also fits Studebaker Commander from 1940 to 1953.

Part Number 3061 fits Ford, Lincoln, Mercury for !952 & 1953.

Part Number 3062 fits all General Motors 1933 to 1963.

Part Number 3063 fits Chrysler, DeSoto, Dodge, Plymouth but the years covered are not known exactly. The regular blank is Y128.

dealer pen knife blanks

Part Number 3063 fits Chrysler, DeSoto, Dodge, Plymouth but the years covered are not known exactly. The regular blank is Y128.

dealer pen knife blank uncut

Lacking a part number, the "Key To Service" is special for Chevrolets 1933 to 1963. It's the same blank as the GM but uses this phrase instead of the part number.

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MCDOUGAL PONTIAC INC, Coraopolis, PA/

McDougal Pontiac Inc, was located on 5th in Coraopolis, PA in 1967. At one point the name was McDougal Pontiac Tempest Sales.

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MICHAEL PONTIAC INC., Oakmont, PA/

Michael Pontiac Inc., was located on 201 Allegheny Ave, Oakmont, PA. The dealer code number was 306 326. To see the story about a rare 4 speed 1969 Grand Prix SJ bought new from this dealer see the story in the ONE OWNER section of this website.

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MICK'S NORTH HILLS CHRYSLER JEEP DODGE RAM, Pittsburgh, PA 412-367-7200

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Mick's North Hills Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In fall, 2014 Mick's had 270 new vehicles in stock, 39 of which were cars. Of the 68 new Dodges in stock, 2 were new Chargers, 4 were new Challengers and 12 were new Darts. All the new Challengers were 2015 models, 1 black SXT and a black R/T then two throwbacks to the 1960s: a Torrid SXT Plus and a Sublime R/T Plus.

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MIKAN MOTOR CO (Pontiac), Trafford, PA/

Mikan Motor Company was a Pontiac dealer in 1967 located at the corner of Seventh and Forest Street, Trafford, PA.

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MILLS OLDSMOBILE PONTIAC, Clarion Junction, PA (Sold 1972 GTO WW5)

Mills Oldsmobile Pontiac was located at P.O. Box 310, Clarion Junction, Pennsylvania. On Nov 3, 1971 they sold a historic vehicle: a 1972 GTO WW5 which remains in the possession of the original owners Henry Ray 'Terry' and Barbara Pope.

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MORAN PONTIAC INC, Pittsburg, PA/

Moran Pontiac Inc, was located at 5989 Centre Ave, Pittsburg, PA in 1967.

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NEW WILMINGTON MOTORS, PA 888-368-0557

New Wilmington Motors is located at 116 E Neshannock Ave, New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. In fall of 2013 there were 14 new vehicles in stock, mainly Dodge Dart SXTs. The dealership made a splash in 2011 when the 2011 Dodge Challenger 392 Hemi was introduced. Bob Frederick assembled factory options now available to create ten sequentially VIN numbered new Challengers done up as tributes to the great 1970s chase movie VANISHING POINT.

The 2011 Kowalski Edition is a dealer special inspired by Bob Frederick's love of the original movie and his history as a muscle car dealer back in the 1970s at his father's Ohio Chrysler dealership. Frederick's convinced Chrysler to build ten Challengers as tributes to the movie much the way Ford has done a few editions of the 'Bullitt Mustang'. Each Bright White stripe delete 2011 Challenger SRT8 392 is equipped with six-speed manual, Dark Slate SRT seats, WP3 Alcoa SRT aluminum 20-inch wheels, 730 Nav and SRT Option Group II. At the dealership, original style scat pack stickers incorporating the famous bee logo on the rear spoiler state that this is a "Frederick Scat Pack Kowalski Edition". Frederick went beyond merely putting a sticker on the back of a white Challenger. All the special edition cars have a plaque placing the cars in sequence as 'one of ten'. The pistol grip shifter has wood inlay just like the original car in the film and quad exhaust outlets are added.  They even threw in reproduction Colorado license plates matching the old movie plates.

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NORTHEAST DODGE INC, Philadelphia, PA

Northeast Dodge Inc was located at 6101 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA. Northeast Dodge was still in business as of 1970.

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PALMER'S GARAGE (Pontiac), Mckeesport, PA/

Palmer's Garage Inc, was a Pontiac dealer in 1967 located at the corner of 7th and Market, McKeesport, PA

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BOB RAFFERTY PONTIAC GMC, SUBARU, Newton Square, PA 610-353-6900

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Bob Rafferty Pontiac, GMC, Subaru is located at 4700 West Chester Pike , Newton Square, Pennsylvania. The dealership was established Aug 1, 1977 by Robert Rafferty who was president. The dealership shed its GM franchises and is currently only dealing with Subaru. Bob Rafferty is still involved in the dealership as vice president.

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ROBERTS CHEVROLET, Beavertown, PA (formerly Vetter Chevrolet)

Roberts Chevrolet was located in Beavertown, Pennsylvania. The dealership originated in 1947 as an International Harvester and McCormick Deering dealer. In fall, 1949 it became Yetter Chevrolet. The Yetter dealership was purchased by two partners and renamed Robert’s Chevrolet. See the story on Yetter further down this page.

One of the partners in the business, Rich Diehl bought out the partnership and closed down Roberts Chevrolet on March 18, 1997. Diehl transferred his inventory to his other two dealerships in Mifflinburg and Lewisburg.

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AL SCHWARTZ PONTIAC INC, Pittsburg, PA/

Al Schwartz Pontiac Inc, was located at 1400 Lebanon Church Rd, Pittsburg, PA in 1967

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SHIVELY MOTORS INC (Dodge Chrysler), Chambersburg, PA 717-264-7134 (sponsored Bud Faubel 62 300 and “Honker” 64 Dodge drag racer)

Shively Motors Inc is a Dodge Chrysler dealership located at 801 Lincoln Way W, Chambersburg, PA.

Shively Motors sponsored Bud Faubel in a 1962 Chrysler 300 and later in a 1964 Dodge “Honker” drag racer.

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STAUB CHEVROLET SALES INC, New Oxford, PA

Staub Chevrolet Sales Inc was located at 105 Lincolnway East, New Oxford, PA in the 1960s

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SUNNY STEIN CHEVROLET INC, Philadelphia, PA

Sunny Stein Chevrolet Inc had locations at 807 N Broad and 1600 N Broad, Philadelphia, PA during the 1960s.

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WALKER PONTIAC INC, Mt. Lebanon, PA/

Walker Pontiac Inc, was located at 658 Washington Rd, Mt. Lebanon, PA in 1967

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WRIGHT PONTIAC INC, West View, PA/

Wright Pontiac Inc, 398 Perrysville Rd, West View, PA in 1967

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YENKO CHEVROLET, Canonsburg, PA

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Yenko Chevrolet was located at 575 West Pike Street, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. Don Yenko was a race car driver as well as dealership owner. The Canonsburg dealership was started in the early 1950s by Don's father Frank as a second dealership. Frank's first dealership began as a Chevy OK Used Car lot in Bentleyville, Pennsylvania and quickly switched to new cars in 1934. Chevrolet agreed to let Frank have a second dealership close to Pittsburg once the war ended on condition that he retain the successful Bentleyville location, too. GM designated the Canonsburg dealership as zone 13, dealer #898.

When Don Yenko took over his father's dealership he slanted it towards performance. Don began racing at age 30 and managed to score a Gulf Oil sponsorship. In 1962 and again in 1963 he won the SCCA B Production National Championship driving Corvettes. Don's racing exploits drew attention to the dealership which had started to specialize in Corvettes.

Starting with Corvairs Don created 'dealership specialty cars'. In order to compete with the cars in 'Production class' racing Yenko had to produce 100 copies. Yenko Sports Cars Inc was created to become a 'manufacturer' of Corvair Stingers. Some sources believe Yenko chose the Corvair because it was lighter than the Corvette which was starting to lose to the Shelby Mustangs. However, the Corvair was competing primarily with foreign cars in D Production and Don Yenko continued to race Corvettes in B Production.

A second theory put forth is that Don wanted to hook his father Frank into racing activities. Frank saw the racing as a diversion of Don's energies and dealership resources and Don had to win him over. Frank happened to like the Corvair and by involving Frank in a Corvair project Don could bring him on board to his high performance mindset. Frank is proudly posing with Don in a newspaper article covering the acceptance of the SCCA officials of the Stingers.

The Stingers used the COPO system to get some goodies installed on the factory line including heavy duty suspension, upgraded steering and M21 4 speed transmissions. Part of the COPO system involved bulk unit orders adhering to the same pattern. All Stingers were white with black interiors. Dealership mechanics switched the cars to 3.89:1 Positraction axles and dual master brake cylinders. A local bodyshop applied racing stripes. The Stingers were available as Stage I, II or III depending on whether the buyer wanted to street drive the car or race in SCCA competition. Yenko also offered an ultimate performer that exceeded the Stage III but this wasn't legal for Production racing. After building 100 Corsa Stingers by the end of 1966, a new batch of 25 were built in 1967 using Monzas as the base.

A company named Span Inc distributed Stingers to other dealers. Since Span was a Chicago based company it was only natural that 25 Stingers found their way to supercar dealer Nickey.

During the coming year Don's new publicity agent Mimi 'Miss Pink' Minns raced a Corvair and generated much interest in the Stinger program. The "racing dentist" Dr. Thompson also created some additional publicity for the Stingers. The Stinger concept was proven by the end of the season when Jerry Thompson won D Production in a Stinger. Don Yenko meanwhile was racing a Sunray DX sponsored 1967 Corvette L88 in the 12 Hours of Sebring, Florida. Don and co driver David Morgan came in first in the GT Category.

In 1967 Don Yenko introduced a road racing version of the potent Camaro Z28, but this was quickly eclipsed by the street fighting/ drag racing 427 Yenko Super Camaros that were inspired by the success of Dana Chevrolet and Nickey Chevrolet.

Yenko transplanted 427-425 HP engines into Camaros along with fiberglass "stinger" hoods, heavy duty suspension and a 4.10 Positraction axle. Yenko stripes adorned the exterior while an SYC logo was added to the headrests. SYC meant Yenko Super Camaro or in the cars of Chevellles (and later Novas) it meant Yenko Super Car. Dana Chevrolet and Nickey Chevrolet had used the assistance of Bill Thomas doing the same thing making Bill an experienced ready made supplier to Yenko for 427 Camaro specific headers and traction bars needed to make the conversions.

Popular Chevrolet NHRA drag racer and tuner Dick Harrell worked for Nickey for the very start of their 427 Camaro program but had gone to St. Louis to set up his own shop. Soon he found himself involed in helping with the Yenko cars. Yenko benefited from Dick's expertise in matching the parts to create the 427 Super Camaros.

Some people credit Dick Harrell for the first Camaro 427 conversion with his Nickey Camaros. Others suggest that Dana Chevrolet may have been first to create a 427 Camaro. Either way Dick Harrell was in the game early and continued to produce 427 Camaros after parting ways with Yenko. Dick later teamed up with Fred Gibb Chevrolet, also a well known supercar dealership. You can read about these other dealers in this DEALERSHIP section under ILLINOIS CHICAGO for Nickey and ILLINOIS LAHARPE for Gibb Chevrolet.

Yenko went further than the other supercar dealers by increasing the scope of his sales via a network of dealers. Yenko initially had Span Inc disperse his Stingers to other dealers to sell them after the purpose of getting 100 cars certified was accomplished. The sales potential of dealer special cars quickly became apparent to Don. This time he built the cars with the intention of expanding his influence across the country and dispatched salesmen to sign up other dealerships.

Supercar dealers Nickey and Dana bought stocked a healthy inventory of the Yenko Super Camaros despite doing their own cars in house.

In 1968 Yenko changed his Camaro hood to a dual scoop version reminiscent of the ones used on Dana Camaros. He also streamlined and reduced the cost of the conversion process by ordering the high performance 396-375 HP Camaro as the base car to be converted. Instead of pulling the entire engine all his mechanics had to do was switch out the 396 shortblock (block, pistons, rods and crank) and substitute a 427 shortblock then put all the 396 goodies back into the car.

Yenko streamlined his process even further in 1969 when he found a way to circumvent the whole process of switching engines. He used the COPO (Central Office Production Order) process to get his Camaros built with 427 engines directly out of the factory. Now he saved conversion cost and was also covered under warranty when someone blew up an engine.

Yenko used more than one single COPO code to create his 1969 Super Camaros. In keeping with his sports car racing heritage Yenko ordered the 427 cars in conjunction with the COPO Sports car Conversion package which made the car handle properly by adding heavy duty suspension. The conversion package increased wheels to 15 inches, roll bar to 1 inch, increased carbureter rating and even increased the speedometer top end reading from 120 to 140 MPH.

The only conversion left to do at the Yenko dealership was to apply the stripes and SYC logo to the headrests. The 1969 Yenko Camaro used cowl induction at the base of the windshield instead of hood scoops.

The COPO system also worked for Chevelles and Yenko produced some 427 Chevelle SS cars, too. General Motors refused to allow a COPO order for 427 Novas because they were too small and light for so much power. Yenko just returned to his old practice of yanking and replacing engines to produce a 427 Nova for 1969.

The manual transmission provided was the M22 heavy duty rock crusher. If the automatic transmission was ordered then the engine replaced the solid lifters with hydraulic.

The COPO cars became legendary in the musclecar world and Fred Gibb eventually took it to it's unsustainable conclusion when he ordered 50 COPO ZL-1 Camaros that cost $7.000.00+ and were unsaleable.

In 1970 General Motors finally lifted their 400 cubic inch restriction on intermediate and ponycars thus rendering the need for a Yenko conversion car superfluous. Chevelle SS 454 LS6 beasts were available at any dealership. Camaros with 396 engines were still the limit for the ponycar but the other issue was insurance premiums going through the roof for young buyers of muscle machines.

Yenko had the solution; a stealth Nova that he named The Deuce. The name referred back to the Nova's origin as a Chevy II. Yenko ordered sports car conversion and a 350 360 HP Corvette LT-1 engine resulting in a super fast good handling Nova that was a 'mere' 350 cubic inch car. A Deuce was indistinguishable on the title paperwork from a pedestrian Nova 350 when an insurance agent processed the paperwork. The Deuce flew under the insurance radar. Mr. Norm's Grand Spaulding Dodge also outsmarted the insurance crunch by offering 3 speed manual shift cars with 340 small blocks that performed but avoided the insurance stigma of '4 speed' or big block.

As the muscle car era died off Yenko attempted to keep performance alive when he went full circle back to his initial Corvair concept. Don introduced the Stinger II which was based on the new Chevrolet Vega.  The Stinger II concept suffered dilution when EPA reliability test requirements prevented Yenko from providing the cars with turbochargers installed. He was forced to include the package in the trunk for the customer to modify the car after purchase. Soon the public relations nightmare with the Vega followed. At the time of introduction the Vega's disastrous body and drivetrain issues hadn't shown their face yet and many people really liked the Vega which looked like a mini Camaro. Most owners started having problems almost immediately and soon the Vega was widely known as a lemon.

Yenko tried to keep performance alive by running a Porsche franchise in the old building while relocating his Chevy dealership to larger facilities. When the Porsche fun ended Yenko turned back to Chevy for peformance and devised a new way to get a turbo onto a Chevrolet product with the 1981 Camaro Z-28 as the basis for his Turbo Z.

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YETTER CHEVROLET COMPANY, Beavertown, PA (Racing sponsor/ became Roberts Chevrolet)

Yetter Chevrolet was located in Beavertown, Pennsylvania. The dealership originated in 1947 as an International Harvester and McCormick Deering dealer. Yetter Chevrolet was established in fall, 1949. Lloyd Yetter built up the dealership and became active in racing in 1955. Yetter's race team enjoyed a winning streak with Jack 'Fast Eddie' McGurk driving at the Port Royal Speedway.

Lloyd's dealership was taken over by his son Don L. Yetter who was born to Lloyd and wife Jessie (Geedey) Yette on Aug. 30, 1932, in Lewistown, Pennsylvania. Don graduated from Beaver Vocational High School, served in Korea and was married June 16, 1956 to the former Anna L. Dreese.He joined the family business and enthusiastically plunged into Yetter Racing Team activities. The company was incorporated January 23, 1961. Don ran the company for 30 years.

Steady expansion added a body shop and a new car lot in 1970. The dealership purchased and renamed Robert’s Chevrolet. See the story on Roberts further up on this page. Don L. Yetter died at 77,at 5:40 PM, Oct. 27, 2009, at the Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.

 

 

 

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1965 dealers Erie, PA

Dailey's Chevrolet was located at 1925 State Street (became Dave Hallman) and 2519 W 12

Blystone's (Buick) 38 E Main,

Maxson Buick, 605 Main E

Plumpton Buick Inc, 118 E 12th,

Roth Motors Inc (Cadillac), 1612 French

Walker Brothers Buick-Chevrolet Inc, Hwy 99, North Edinboro

Meyers Chevrolet, 841 Main E, Girard, PA

Cramer Motors (Chevrolet), W Main Rd R D 4

Dahl Motors Eerie Inc (Chrysler), 162 W 12th

Fairview Garage Inc (Chrysler), 53 W Main, Fairview

Pierce Motor Sales (Chrysler), 85 W Main, North East

Murphy's Mercury Co, 620 Main E, Girard

Davis Ford Inc, W Main Rd R D 1, North East

Girard Auto Sales (Dodge), Fairview, PA

Mackay-Swift,

Meadowcroft Dodge City,

Times Square Motors,

Ferraro Ford,

Pete Oatess Motors,

Plack & Crandall

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