Thursday, May 3, 2012

Original Corvette

Jalopnik posted this story, great one!
Among the 200+ cars in the collection of Ken Lingenfelter resides the very first Corvette to be fitted with a small-block V8 engine. To GM, it was experimental car EX-87; to 'Vettologists it's the Duntov Mule, named after Chevrolet engineer Zora Arkus Duntov, champion of the V8 Corvette — and author of the research brief that sold GM brass on muscle cars: "Thoughts Pertaining to Youth, Hot Rodders and Chevrolet."

The Chevrolet small block is one of the greatest engines in all of automotive history. It's powered countless hot-rods and customs, as well as the majority of GM's muscle cars. Therefore it should come as no surprise that the Big Muscle guys head to Brighton, Michigan to visit the famed Lingenfelter Car Collection. Here we check out the first small block powered Chevrolet Corvette (the Duntov Test Mule EX-8), take a ride in a 1993 Lingenfelter ZR1, and sit down with Ken Lingenfelter as he guides us through the in's and out's of one of the greatest private car collections in the United States.

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