“Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear.” That may have been the tagline for The Lone Ranger, but it could be aptly applied to Floyd Garrett’s Muscle Car Museum in Sevierville, Tennessee.
This place is Nirvana for anyone who loves American Muscle cars! Certainly, it is one of the finest collections of such vehicles anywhere. Rare cars, factory race cars, early drag cars, and even celebrity-owned cars make for a fascinating collection.
After entering the museum, the first auto encountered is ElvisPresley’s first limo, a 1960 Lincoln. It cost $10,544 in 1960!
Those cars are just candy compared to the muscle cars. This is FloydGarrett’s passion and his specialty. There are cars here that mostof us have only read about in old magazines. One such car is a ’69Chevelle 300 post sedan, an SS396 with the rare 425hp engine. Thecar is Monaco Orange and is one of only six such cars built,according to Garrett.
The museum is home to a few ’60s-era Pontiac drag cars. One is a“Swiss cheese” ’63 Catalina 2-door sedan. Another is a beautifulblack ’62 Super Duty 421 lightweight campaigned in the early ’60s byTed Ware Pontiac.
If early race cars strike your fancy, Garrett’s museum has those,too. How about Dyno Don Nicholson’s ’65 Comet A/FX car with the SOHC427? Early NASCAR is represented by an unusual 1957 Chevyconvertible, originally piloted by Joe Lee Johnson, who won NASCAR’s1959 National Convertible Championship.
If you’re ever in the Sevierville, TN, area, we’d have to suggeststopping by the Muscle Car Museum. The vast array of cars on displayrepresents the pinnacle of American muscle and the enthusiasmsurrounding it. Garrett’s collection of dream machinery should be a“must-see” on any NSMC Member’s list.