How many times do you get to see a REAL Yenko? There are so many clones running around it makes you a little skeptical anytime you see one. Well, Cliff Ernst has one of the biggest and best Yenko collections anywhere. However, he doesn’t just collect the Camaros. He has some Yenko Novas and some other very desirable vehicles in his private by invitation only collection.
Here are some of our favorites from a recent visit. We will be adding some exciting videos of some of these cars actually fired up and running. You will be able to hear and see these wild 427 Rats shaking the building.
This is one very rare Yenko. It is one of 10 painted in gold and was used in a lot of magazines back in the day. It is extremely pretty in person; much better than the photos.
What a sight! Yenkos everywhere you look!
We are almost use to seeing 1969 Yenkos, but what about this 1968?
Don Yenko removed the 396 and replaced it with a 428 creating 450 HP. In 1968 he also installed a unique twin snorkel fiberglass hood, Pontiac Rally II wheels, Stewart Warner tach and the Yenko 427 badges. Only 64 of these were produced in 1968 and only a few of those were Rally Sport optioned cars.
Yenko Super Car:
This is one of twenty eight 427 equipped Novas built by Yenko in 1969. It is only one of Eight known to exist today!
It is Fathom Green with a black vinyl top, 427 L-72 450 HP engine and M-21 4 speed transmission. When new this car was priced at approximately $4,400
This car was restored and obtained a perfect sore of 100 points at the Pebble Beach Concours!
1970 Yenko “Deuce”
The horsepower race was creating ultra high cost auto insurance by 1970. Don Yenko came back with a 350 HP LT-1 engine Nova to keep insurance cost in line. It worked. Only 50 of these cars are know to exist.
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1958 Chevy Impala
1958 Chevy Impala Interior
Two 1967 Camaro Pace Cars:
The one on the left is a 350 while the one on the right is a 396.
When asked what his favorite car was to take out on a Sunday afternoon cruise, Cliff did not hesitate. It is this green 1969 Yenko Camaro. It is not as fully restored as the others so he doesn’t mind driving it on the street and smoking the tires when the opportunity exists!
1970 Shelby GT 500 Mustang Convertible
Katrina picked her favorite; 1957 Olds Convertible.
Don Nicholson Cobra Jet:
If I had to pick a favorite this would certainly be on the short list. A 1968 Mustang 428 CJ. When this car fired up it put everything else to bed. We will have a video of this shortly.
Ever hear of one of these? It is front wheel drive and only 500 Ruxton’s were built before the company went out of business due to the Depression.