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Hooniverse Goes To The Ken Lingenfelter Collection: Part 1

Bradley Brownell July 3, 2012 All Things Hoon 28 Comments


The Lingenfelter Collection is made up of three rooms.  The first room is my favorite, “The Supercar Room”!  Click through the jump to see a bit of the excitement provided by this room.  Thanks to Ken for the private tour, it was a fun and exciting 3 hours.

A relatively early Veyron, but it’s still impressive.  A Veyron takes command of a room, it isn’t a particularly attractive vehicle, but it is interesting in it’s own right.  While it only has a few thousand miles, Ken has driven it, including across Detroit in rush hour traffic.

These two vehicles, the FF above, and the 996 Twin Turbo below, were shod with Nokian Hakkapeliitta Snow tires.  Equipped with All Wheel Drive, and gobs of power, these should be a ton of fun in a good Michigan winter.  While the FF is brand new, the 996 only looked as though it was.  For a car over 10 years old, this one was immaculate.  The tan interior was perfect, and the guards red paint was flawless. 

A vehicle that I had never seen before, the Enzo, was another impressive addition to the collection.  While I remain unsure that the Enzo is a fitting tribute to Mr. Ferrari’s name, I probably would not kick it out of bed for leaving crumbs.

This car is the one that many of us had on the wall of our bedrooms as youths.  It was produced well before I was into cars, but it’s influence was long lasting.   A crazy force of turbocharged power, and a whole lot of crazy went into this car’s production.

Before the F40 was the 288 GTO.  Technically, very similar, the 288, in my eyes, looks much better, and supposedly was easier to drive, as it had less boost, and less turbo lag.

No collection would be complete without a row of Porsches.  Definitely my favorite part.

I 100% believe Ken when he says that this was the nicest Z3 M Coupe he could find when he was looking for one.  The two-tone interior was gorgeous.

This NSX was the newest addition to the collection.  So new, in fact, that Ken had not yet driven it.  He said “I always heard how good these things are, so I wanted to try one.”  

A Chevy tuner still has to have a few Ford powered things in his garage.  Why not?

This is probably the only turbocharged car I lust after more than a 288 GTO.  The 930 slant nose is an icon, and this particular model being a 1989, has the coveted 5 speed G50 gearbox (a one year only addition before discontinuation).

Ken reckon’s that this was only the 4th federalized 959 in the country.  The first three going to Bill Gates, Jerry Seinfeld, and Ralph Lauren.  I had never seen one, and this had to be the major draw of the whole trip.  If the “collection” had turned out to be just this car, I would still have been happy.

Very rare, but not exactly desirable, the Shelby Series 1 in all it’s Oldsmobile-powered glory.

One of the most beautiful cars in the world, the Alfa 8C.  Jeremy Clarkson once commented on this car’s proportions by saying,

“as Sir Francis Bacon once said, ‘there is no beauty which hath not some strangeness about its proportions’. And he’s right, who ever he is. I mean, look at keira Knightley. She’s just an ironing board with a face. And she works.”

A Vector.  Nothing more needs to be stated.


[Editor’s note: This room also housed a 1 of 20 Lamborghini Reventon, but in my excitement and the flow of the conversation, I neglected to take even one fucking picture of it.  I have 20 damn shots of an Impala SS, but the Reventon, not a single one.  What is wrong with me?]

  • GregKachadurian

    Good lord… pretty much every car I've ever loved is in that room. Saleen S7, Ford GT, Enzo, F40, Carrera GT, Alfa 8C and an invisible Reventon all in one room must have been quite a sight to behold.

  • $kaycog

    What a beautiful collection. *sigh*

  • Scandinavian Flick

    Wow… Just wow… Were any of these awesome machines Lingenfelterized in any way?

    I believe I spy a Corvette room:

    <img src="http://hooniverse.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/IMG_6575-700×466.jpg&quot; width="350">

    • BradleyBrownell

      I think the consensus is that we will be taking tomorrow off, but you'll see it on Thursday.

      • Scandinavian Flick

        The "Part 1" in the title made me hopeful of that. That's just as well anyway, since I won't be here tomorrow either. Have a great 4th!

  • Number_Six

    Must not go all Obersturmbannführer…can't control…gaaaahhhh it's is not a possessive, it's a contraction of "it is".

    /It's just so rampant.

    • Scandinavian Flick

      Their their, Its okay. Your not alone in you're frustration in it's miss use.

    • BradleyBrownell

      I try to keep a lid on that crap, but it's a problem of mine. Sorry internet…

      • $kaycog

        Don't feel bad. Its a problem of a lot of people.

      • Number_Six

        Did you ask Mr. Lingenfelter what he thought of the Vector?

        • BradleyBrownell

          I did, as a matter of fact. He kind of chuckled and said it was fun. His is the Lamborghini powered version, and with 180 other cars at his disposal, likely does not get driven much.

          It looks like a UFO, though…so there's that.

  • Jesus. End of story.

    P.S. Props for the 928.
    P.P.S. What's the story behind the slant nose? Did they come out of the factory like that?

    • El-Guacamole

      You could ask Porsche for your slant nose, yes, those are factory made. Although, there are hundreds of imitations, there a just a handful of cars that were slant nosed.

      • skitter

        IIRC, they only came from the factory late in the game, long after the aftermarket had been going great guns. I can only guess they were inspired by the 935 "Moby Dick."

  • Can I get these all poster-sized so I can put them on my bedroom wall?

  • Yesterday, when Bradley had the Mystery Car Lingenfelter Edition, I happened across a following quote about the NSX:

    "a Ferrari, but engineered by people who went to college."

    via: http://philip.greenspun.com/materialism/cars/nsx

  • and boom goes the dynamite…

  • I like how they all have a trickle charger so they are ready to drive at a moments notice.

    Where all the Shelby Series I silver? I don't think I have seen one in another color.

  • lbreevesii

    I have to echo something said by the philosopher Clarksonious. The 8c looks amazing in pictures, but in person it is simply amazing. I happened to be fortunate enough to see one on the road(!) around Denver a couple of years ago, and it is simply mind bogging. I failed to even notice the Gallardo behind it at the stop light Until I had almost entirely gotten out of sight. It really is just that good.

  • Jay

    Impressive collection, and rarer thing than one might think – not too many people collect supercars from so many diff manufacturers. So many serious collectors are into one marque or one era.

    No Ferrari F50 in sight, which is somewhat telling, given the presence of the Enzo and F40.

    There are bit more than just four federalized 959s in the US, however.

    • BradleyBrownell

      I am aware that there are more than four. It's just that Ken's was the 4th one federalized.


    Put up the Impala SS pics..thanks!

  • Tim McD

    Here is a shot of the Reventon, I had the opportunity to visit Ken's collection during a recent fundraiser. The only way to describe the collection is "UNBELIEVABLE!" An amazing collection of automobiles assembled by a great guy.

    <img src="https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3387589123915.2131301.1095152764&type=3#!/photo.php?fbid=3387609284419&set=a.3387589123915.2131301.1095152764&type=3&theater"&gt;

    Thanks again Ken for opening up the collecction and raising money to help find a cure for breast cancer!

  • dj5142

    Holy Crap! I have never seen anything on the internet about this place until now! My wife used to work for one of Ken's companies and knows the office manager at the building. I have been able to see the collection twice now and it seems to keep getting more and more awesome! My daughter dropped her Pacifier on the Reventon while we were checking it out, LOL!

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