The late John Lingenfelter and his crew found a way to boost ‘Vette’s power while keeping it legal for public roads
In 1999, Car and Driver wrote about the way John Lingenfelter and his team, frustrated with trying to keep Chevrolet’s small-block V8 emissions legal in the fact of federal restrictions, found a way to use a pair of turbochargers — originally designed for use on the Nissan Skyline GT-R — to achieve their goal.
The result was a car like the Pick of the Day, a 1999 Lingenfelter Twin Turbo Chevrolet Corvette convertible, which is being offered by a private seller located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
“This car is like brand new and even smells new inside,” the seller promises in the advertisement on ClassicCars.com. “Only driven during the summer months… treated very well with 10,000 original miles.”
It is the car’s original owner who is offering the car for sale.
The car is black — body, top and interior leather.
Boosted by the turbochargers, the 350cid V8 engine pumps out 500 horsepower and 500 foot-pounds of torque, the seller notes, adding that the power reaches the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.
The car has air conditioning, AM/FM/CD and cassette audio, and power everything, the advertisement notes.
In its report on the Lingenfelter Twin Turbo ‘Vette, Car and Driver noted that it pumped out 50 more horsepower than the V10-equipped Dodge Viper, weighed 12 pounds less than the Dodge and was quicker, especially in the sprint to 150 miles per hour.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.1 comment