stripes on the COPO cars were not put on by outside detail shops, but put
on at one of Yenko Chevrolet's buildings near the main Canonsburg dealership.
The cars would be taken from the storage lot and taken directly to this
building to have the stripes applied. Unless the car was to receive
add-ons, such as gauges, headers, etc., the cars never were in the main
Canonsburg shop. The reason the stripe location varies from car to
car is that many of the stripes were applied by teenagers working at the
shop, including Don's daughter, who received $5 to wet the car down, apply
the stripes, and smooth out the air bubbles with a squeegee. Recently
I spoke with a Yenko collector who had an original stripe car that had
a one piece stripe on one of the rear fenders. So the next time some
one tells you that your stripes are wrong, tell them that there is no one,
right way. Each car would have been unique.
When a customer bought one of the supercars from Yenko, the customer had
the option of accepting the car as it was, or could have the items added
to the car, such as gauges, headers, scattershield, mag wheels, etc.
If items were to be added, then the car was taken to the main Canonsburg
shop to have these items added. These items would be added by Yenko's
race mechanics, who worked on Don's race cars. If the customer had
the desire and money, the car could be built to meet their wants.
This is why, even though all of the cars started with the same standard
equipment, several of the cars were bought new with the other equipment.
Yenko usually had a demo car or two that might have a couple of these
to the Supercar Registry