The Sultan of Michigan has more than 150 exotic, muscle, and sports cars (Corvettes in particular) and he wants you to see them. For a price.
With a collection that rivals those belonging to Jay Leno and the Sultan of Brunei, it’s no wonder he was dubbed the “Sultan of Michigan,” a nickname he reportedly does not favor. Indeed, Ken Lingenfelter wanted to remain anonymous until he was hung with that moniker, and so he decided that not only would he allow his private persona to see the light of day, he would allow the public to view his collection and use the proceeds for charity. That’s right, every dollar you spend on viewing a luxurious collection goes to such causes as cancer and juvenile diabetes research helping youth organizations and aiding local food banks. In fact, according to his website, Lingenfelter is willing “to help benefit almost any charity that has a sound cause.”
[quote align=”left” color=”#000000″]His passion is born out of an altruistic desire to preserve a part of automotive history.[/quote]
Lingenfelter’s lineage is dotted with gearheads. His father was the manager of the Fisher Body Plant in Euclid, Ohio, and his second cousin, John, was an Indiana engine developer and NHRA driver who broke the six-second quarter mile barrier. Even John’s father was a mechanic. So, when Ken sold his real estate company at the height of the market boom, he purchased his late cousin’s engine development company, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, and created the offshoot Lingenfelter Motorsports division.
The soft-spoken, rather humble Lingenfelter doesn’t just collect cars to make a profit. His passion is born out of an altruistic desire to preserve a part of automotive history. He is particularly interested in procuring some of John Lingenfelter’s legacy, including some of the race cars piloted by the cousin. One can view the collection, that is 40% devoted to the Corvette, when Lingenfelter opens his 40,000-square-foot showroom to the public. Details about upcoming showings are found on the Lingenfelter Collection website.”
Article by: P. A. Remmell