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WR TV: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray by Lingenfelter – April 29th, 2014

As we reported earlier this year, the new C7 Stingray is a pretty great sports car right out of the box. But when the tuners at Lingenfelter got their hands on the new Corvette, they took a pretty great sports car and turned it into a bonafide road-going missile with a very angry disposition. Multimedia editor Chris Amos gives us a closer look at Lingenfelter’s handiwork, then takes us on a raucous ride around Brighton, Michigan.
Modifications to the C7 Stingray by Lingenfelter are as follows:
  • Lingenfelter 6.2 L Engine Package – 550 Horsepower
  • Lingenfelter CNC ported & polished LT1 cylinder heads
  • Lingenfelter hydraulic roller camshaft by Competition Cams
  • Ported and polished throttle body
  • Lingenfelter C7 High Flow Air Intake
  • Kooks Headers
  • Custom LPE Forgeline wheels
  • Continental tires

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The Lingenfelter Collection – A BangShifty First Look Into One Of America’s Great Assemblages Of Horsepower And Beauty – April 16, 2014 BangShift.Com

(Photos by Dave Nutting) – The door opened, the lights came on, and the three of us nearly swooned like Victorian era women on a fainting couch at the sight of what lay before us. Three huge rooms filled with a literal automotive Library of Congress. The machines range from the most modern hyper cars to the most BangShifty and eclectic 1970s Detroit iron that only real car guys actually love. Before we go any further, Ken Lingenfelter is a real car guy. He’s a highly successful man who has the means to procure the cars that he likes and he’s done that on a level few other people ever have. He knows each and every car’s ins and outs, every one of them has a story, and he told us multiple times that the theme of the collection is basically cars that he finds interesting. That’s why you’ll see some total freaks in here and that’s why this place was so incredible to crawl all over for a full day.

We shot hundreds and hundreds of photos inside the Lingenfelter Collection and picked a bunch of cars for individual featurettes. Those cars range from the brutally fast, the stunningly beautiful, and the seemingly bizarre. This is the first peek into the collection to get your salivary glands rolling and to get you in the mood for what is to come. Dave Nutting shot these photos and soon you’ll see photos from Craig Fitzgerald and I in the coming days.

More importantly, on April 26th, YOU can walk through the Lingenfelter Collection because Ken is throwing the doors open for the yearly open house at the Brighton, Michigan location where the cars are housed. The full press release for the open house is located below the photo. Read it, take the information down and get yourself to Michigan on the 26th because by the time we are done showing you around the place you are going to be dying to see it for yourself!

Link to Full Article: Brian Lohnes

Inside Ken Lingenfelter’s Perfectly Ridiculous Private Car Collection – Jalopnik

Ken Lingenfelter’s heart must be almost dangerously large given the number of cars that have a special place inside of it, from American muscle to the best sports cars Europe ever built and one extremely strange Corvette. What happens when you build a collection of 190 vehicles out of nothing more than love and nostalgia? Heaven.

Every car collector you’ll ever meet has an ethos behind what they do. For some, like Ralph Lauren, it’s to collect the beautiful pieces to inspire. If you’re the Sultan of Brunei, it’s to have one everything that’s worth anything and leave it to rot.

Ken’s collection, much like Jay Leno’s, is just his own history and taste manifest in a massive garage full of randomness. As he freely admits, there’s stuff he buys that even his own employees and friends try to talk him out of that he nevertheless wants.

An example, the Greenwood Corvette above. Take all of the weirdest ’70s excesses of the C3 Corvette and stretch them out to almost comical extremes and you’ve got this car. Yet, Ken loves Corvettes and cares about Corvette history so this car had to take up space in the 40,000-square-foot museum.

But to hear Ken explain the significance of this particular model and of the company it makes sense. Even with those ridiculous louvers. It’s not my taste but Raphael clearly loved it as can be seen in these detailed photos.

This love of GM products makes sense in the context of Ken’s father, who worked at the Fisher Body company when it was predominately responsible for making the bodies for the higher end GM products. This included figuring out how to package the then revolutionary FWD Oldsmobile Toronado.

Of course he has one.

It’s not all traditional American muscle, though. When Ken’s charming wife Kristen first welcomed us into the nondescript warehouse outside of Detroit I have to admit my eyes first went to the Vector. I mean, who has a Vector? It’s just so strange to see, especially parked next to an Audi.

This is in what I’d describe as the European room, although it includes the aforementioned Vector and a Ford GT.

Ken shares a last name and a distant familial connection to the John Lingenfelter who founded Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. Though Ken made his money in the real estate settlement industry, he has the manner and history of a lifelong car nut and purchased the assets of Lingenfelter Performance in 2008 and has carried the company’s spirit forward.

You can see this in the Firebird-inspired Camaro conversion kits they’ve worked on, and in that car’s inspiration. The entire collection is structured like this, with cars thoughtfully spaced out with other vehicles that share a similar history or philosophy. This includes a great collection of ‘Vettes from history.

The Callaway Speedster above is a treat, as well as this rare prototype mule used by the Zora Duntov to test the use of a V8 in GM’s first modern sports car. They later used this prototype for strange aerodynamic experiments.

What does this have to do with the row of Ferraris or Alfa 8C on the other side of the building? Not much other than a passion for cars that’s clearly a part of the family. Kristen, for instance, explained how she was anxious to get her C7 Corvette back now that they’ve fitted a new exhaust.

What was wrong with the old exhaust? “Too quiet.”

Amazing. In the meantime they have a Ferrari FF to survive the winters.

Though all the cars belong to the Lingenfelters, the other spirit guiding everything is generosity. While the collection isn’t open to the public, the space is used more than 100 times a year as a location for charity events.

On the day when we visited it was just on the invitation of Matt, who works at the collection. Nevertheless, Ken and Kristen donated their time and walked around telling stories for nearly two hours. He even started up his Enzo for us (that, too, had a custom Tubi exhaust).

In the time we were there we barely scratched the surface of Ken’s insights or his collections and I’m definitely angling to get back. They’ve got a nice list of cars on their website, as well as a list of upcoming charity events.

If you’ve got the means and the time and are in Michigan I can’t comprehend why you wouldn’t go. Where else are you going to see a Bugatti around the corner from a “clownshoe” BMW M Coupe within throwing distance of a Tojan Nightmare?

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Special thanks to Matt Hardigree for this great review of the collection


8 Insanely Impressive Car Collections – The Wall Street Journal

Some people like cars; some love cars; some make it their life’s mission to amass as many collectible cars as possible. The following people fall into that latter category, and are significant because they have all been endowed — in one way or another — with the means to do so.

Many people — celebrities, in particular — have numerous cars in their possession, but few of them have turned collecting cars into as much of an art as these following eight individuals.

They are not ranked by any particular metric.

1. Ken Lingenfelter

The son of a previous General Motors (NYSE:GM) executive, Ken Lingenfelter of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering knows his stuff when it comes to serious car collecting, and even more so about cars from his dad’s former employer. In his expansive, 150-plus car collection, about 40 percent is made up of Chevrolet Corvettes, ranging from earlier models (like the one pictured above) to the most recent C7 Stingray.

Outside of the Corvette namesake, Lingenfelter’s collection also boasts numerous foreign vehicles, like a Bugatti Veyron, a Ferrari Enzo, a Porsche Carrera GT, and others, among the vast number of American muscle cars.

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