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Lingenfelter offers look at car collection

Fri, 17 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0700

Michiganders don't have to wait for the Woodward Dream Cruise to see an epic car collection in their home state.

Car collector Ken Lingenfelter, cousin of the renowned NHRA racer John Lingenfelter, is opening his private garage--er, warehouse--to the public this Saturday.

For $15, guests can see Ken Lingenfelter's collection of more than 150 vehicles, with proceeds going to the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology.

Lingenfelter boasts cars from different eras and provenances. He has a range of classic muscle cars from the 1960s and '70s--Chevrolet Corvettes, Ford Mustangs, Pontiac GTOs, Chevy Camaros and a Ferrari Enzo.

"Some cars I can't imagine selling," he said. "The Duntov [Corvette] mule, how could you sell it? It's a one-of-a-kind. Same with the Hurst Lingenfelter Trans Am. Why would you sell it?"

Lucky for local car lovers, Lingenfelter has kept his collection intact, and now they have the chance to see it.

By Julie Alvin