Cliff Ernst Collection Nashville

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Cliff Ernst Collection Nashville

Post by Datsun240Z71 » October 12th 2022, 3:42am

We were invited to tour this collection last week. Amazing cars all in pristine condition. One of the largest Yenko Camaro collections known, including the original one-off prototype. They have a dyno in their shop to "drive" the cars, and they have a full time caretaker.

An old MotorTrend article:
https://www.motortrend.com/features/suc ... ollection/


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Post by Datsun240Z71 » October 12th 2022, 6:07am

The one we most like is Willis Johnson's collection. He is the former CEO of COPARTS. His collection is 165 or so cars in three buildings, one a custom car barn of about 50,000 square feet with a full garage, a 50s-style diner, and town storefronts. Google it.
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Post by bbattle » October 12th 2022, 5:35pm

I enjoy looking at all of these old cars so beautifully restored.

Then I am reminded of the POS that was my first car, a 1969 Pontiac Firebird. No, not the Trans AM or some other highly sought after version; mine was the stock model with the Rochester 2-barrel carburetor. And the non-working AC, crappy 3 speed automatic, AM radio, optional heat controls, and a seating position only a 6' 6" basketball player could appreciate.

When I was in high school, the lot was full of mustangs, camaros, chargers, etc. Even a couple of corvettes and some Mach ones, etc. At the local college, I recall the split rear window corvette and a GT-500 Shelby Mustang. When I attended said college, Johnny Rutherford's son was there with his Audi Quattro. Impressive.

Then there was the AMC Gremlin club. and the Ford Falcon club. I kid you not.
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