Yenko Camaro; Cliff Ernst Collection



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.

Yenko Camaro

Yenko Camaro

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.

Yenko Camaro


Yenko Camaro

Yenko Camaro

What a sight! Yenkos everywhere you look!

Yenko Camaro

Yenko Camaro 1968

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 Camaro 1968

Yenko Camaro


1960 Corvette

1960 Corvette



Corvette

Corvettes

Yenko Camaro



Yenko Camaro

Yenko Nove

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

1957 Chevy

V12 Packard

Packard V12:

This car was restored and obtained a perfect sore of 100 points at the Pebble Beach Concours!

1955 Ford

1955 Ford

Yenko Nove

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.

Yenko Camaro

Want to see and here it run? Click Here.

58 Chevy

1958 Chevy Impala

1958 Chevy interior

1958 Chevy Impala Interior

Camaro Pace Cars 350 and 396

Two 1967 Camaro Pace Cars:

The one on the left is a 350 while the one on the right is a 396.

Yenko Camaro

Driver:

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!

Shelby Mustang GT 500

1970 Shelby GT 500 Mustang Convertible

1957 Olds convertible

Katrina picked her favorite; 1957 Olds Convertible.

Cobra Jet Mustang Don Nicholson

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.

Cobra Jet Mustang Don Nicholson

Cobra Jet Mustang Don Nicholson


1930 Ruxton

1930 Ruxton:

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.

1930 Ruxton

1930 Ruxton

V12 Packard

Packard V12

V12 Packard


Yenko Camaro 1968

Yenko Camaro

Yenko Camaro

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  1. Mark says:

    this cars are better than new, recently i found a 68 Nova Yenko, cant meet the owner cause hes out of town to confirm the vin number, the car looks in great shape but need restoring, if is real i will make him an offer, and let you know

  2. john mcguire says:

    my father bought a 68 camaro at amco aution . i believe it was in 1981 from michael alexander .it was candy apple. red leather white rag top 327 rs. it was the prettest car i ever seen . i had it for 10 years. the car won every show it was in i had to let it go in 91. i lost please help all the pictures in a fire. do you have any pics of it?

  3. Larry Von Bunt says:

    IS Cliff Ernst musuem ever open to the public?
    Another words, how does one get the privaledge of veiwing this dreamland?

  4. Richard says:

    Sorry, it is not open to the public. Must have an invitation or attend with a group who has arranced to visit the museum.

  5. vicky johnson says:

    Were there any 1972 Yenko Corvettes?

  6. Gary Baker says:

    Thanks for posting the pics Richard! Pretty cool! Hope to visit Clifford’s collection someday. My buddy’s boss has an Orange Camaro Yenko and a green Nove Duece Yenko like the ones pictured. I agree with your choice of favorite. Definitely the CJ Mustang!

  7. Paul Vogel says:

    Cliff – Beautiful collection-Hope all are well. Paul

  8. Stephen Yanko says:

    The Yenko’s are beautiful…I wish to own one some day.Would love to visit the museum with my daughter she loves them as much as i do. Stephen YANKO

  9. Rick Smith says:

    I’ve been to Cliff’s great collection of cars and know Cliff personally.He’s a super nice guy that’s been involved with the Yenkos long before they became blue chip investments!! Thanks Cliff for sharing your special cars!! Rick Smith Restorations

  10. Tom says:

    Many years ago, I was fortunate to have toured Cliff’s collection. I was amazed. More impressive then the collection, was Cliff himself, a very humble and true gentlemen.

    How can I contact someone about possibly scheduling a group tour?

  11. taylor ernst says:

    I love these cars! I have grown up with them, I haven’t been to the museum recently are there any new cars? I would love to see them!!

  12. Looking to sell my berger camaro to a camaro collector. Reason for selling, need some cash flow to grow my business. Below is a link with a bunch of pics. If not interested maybe you can put me on someone who is? thanks

    chris light
    423 650 1660

    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.396163408351.195373.395556583351&type=3

  13. ROBERT FOX says:

    Been There Two Times Just got siss cheez Cars done last time I was there 62 Pontiac Done Thanks For The Invite

  14. Richard says:

    Is the 1970 Shelby from Newton falls Ohio?

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