This is a "What If" phantom that I built about 20 years ago. As a little background: Back in late 1965, Cannonsburg, PA Chevy dealer and parft-time road racer Don Yenko decided that he wanted to get involved in SCCA racing in a major way. He went to the authorities at SCCA to ask if the Corvair Corsa would qualify for the D-Production class. He was told that it was a compacrt car, not a sports car, thus it didn't qualify. He proposed modifying the car to comply to the letter of the rules for their description of a sports car. They said "Fine, you show us 100 cars that are modified to the rules of the class and it will qualify as a production car... Oh, by the way, you have until the end of January to show us the cars"! Yenko sprang into action. He got in touch with Chevrolet's Fleet Office and ordered 100 Corsa coupes in white with black interiors, 3.89:1 limited slip differentials, and quick steering and shift setups. In six weeks, his shop modified the cars to SCCA specs, removing the back seats and finishing the rear of the interior with plywood, reworking the suspensions for handling with firmer springs and shocks and an additional steering snubber, and modifying the engines up from the factory 140 gross h.p. in four states of tune. Stage I was good for 160 h.p., Stage II, 180 h.p., Stage III, 220 h.p., and Stage IV (NOT legal under SCCA rules, but one hell of a street car!), 260 h.p. Meanwhile, he farmed out the painting duties to several body shops in the area, so there were several variations on the width of the blue stripes that all of the cars received, as well as shades of blue paint! These "Yenko Stingers", as he called them, went on to a fair amount of success. In fact, they were still competitive as recently as a decade ago, when Stage III Stingers won their class in a pair of SCCA National divisions.
My "Super Stinger" phantom is my take on what I think Don Yenko would have done had he decided to go road racing in a major way instead of concentrating his efforts on the dragstrip starting in 1967. (He did produce a further 10 Stingers in 1967, and a single example for Goodyear for tire testing purposes in 1969). I built it to conform, as closely as possible, to the F.I.A. rules for Endurance racing as they were in 1967. The tires fit entirely inside the fenders. There is a 5-point rollbar that comes up to at least the height of the top of the driver's seat, and there is a passenger seat. There is a fire extinguisher within reach of the driver. I modified the AMT 1969 Corvair Monza coupe kit by cutting the chassis plate to accept the flat-12 engine I built for it by mating a pair of kit Corvair sixes. The cooling fans, one over each bank of six cylinders, are driven by a shaft on a spur gear at the center of the crankcase. It gets it's fuel from a set of 12 single-barrel Weber carbs. Thak a look at the wheels and tires on the model: They're the stock pieces from the Monogram 1:24 "High Performance Series" 1987 Pontiac Trans Am GTA kit! (If you happen to have any of those tires and wheels just sitting around, let me know - I WANT MORE OF THEM!) I shaved the lips from the wheel wells for aerodynamic purposes. I made the front air dam by cutting down the custom nosepiece from the Corvair kit, but the rear wing was scratchbuilt, as is the fire extinguisher. The shifter is a straight pin. The seats are the rqacing buckets from the Corvair kit, but the passenger-side seat is cut down some to keep the backrest down out of the air stream as much as possible.
That very yelloewd "white" paint gives you an idea just how old this model is! I love the look of those wheels on this model!
White with blue stripes were the official American racing colors, as dictated by the FIA. When sponsorship became such a huge deal right around that time, the traditional national colors went by the boards.
I kept as much of the Corvair's character alive in the Sports Prototype version as I could, keeping the standard taillight area intact, for instance, and running the lower body character line back through where the original rear wheelwells were.
Sorry it's so dusty in there! It's hard to keep an open-bodied model clean on an open shelf! Anyhow, the fire extinguisher is entirely scratchbuilt, and I added several gauges to the instrument panel.
A flat-12, several years before Porsche had one!
Underneath, I probably should have done more with the exhaust headers than just letting them dump the spent gases under the car!
CorvairJimMember Since 16 Feb 2011
Offline Last Active May 20 2013 07:26 PM
I've been building models since the early 1970's. I'll build just about any type of model that strikes me as interesting but that can be a problem, since another model will come along and the first one will get set aside so that I might have a dozen unfinished models taking up space at any given time! As you probably guessed by my screen name, I specialize in Corvairs. I've had 14 1:1 Corvairs since I bought my first one as an inexpensive used car in late 1980. One of my favorite things to do is to restore old glue bombs I find at flea markets, yard sales, and on eBay. This way I can have an annual model that I can display proudly that I got at a reasonable price and didn't have to build one of the rare, unbuilt annual kits out of my collection.
- Group Members
- Active Posts 1,109
- Profile Views 5,922
- Member Title MCM Ohana
- Age 50 years old
- Birthday October 24, 1962
A state of constant confusion
Are You Human?
Scale I Build