The First V8 Corvette

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This is the first V8 powered Corvette. Not the first production Corvette offered with a V8 engine – it’s the actual first Corvette into which Chevrolet installed a V8. Using GM’s nomenclature for experimental cars it is EX-87. Among Corvette enthusiasts, it’s known as the Duntov Mule and it’s now part of the Lingenfelter Collection. There are some exceptionally rare cars in the collection. For example, the Lamborghini Reventon is one of only 20 ever made. Ken Lingenfelter’s Ferrari Enzo is #399, the last one assembled. He’s also got a number of rare Corvettes and other muscle cars. The Duntov Mule, though, is most likely the most historically significant and irreplaceable vehicle in the collection. This Corvette’s history and its provenance make it one of the most valuable Corvettes in the world. Lingenfelter paid $310,000 for it when it was up for auction in 2009.


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