Bought the 'Bird!
Lingenfelter purchases 1969 Firebird for Hot Rodders Children's Charity
Andy Bolig - October 19, 2011 08:33 PM
A 1969 Pontiac Firebird is the latest addition to The Lingenfelter Collection, a private collection of 200 muscle cars, significant race cars, Corvettes and exotics owned by Ken Lingenfelter.
Lingenfelter, who is also CEO and owner of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering in Decatur, Ind., purchased the unique Firebird during the recent Mecum Auction in Dallas, Texas. Known as the "Royal Bird," the unique Firebird was commissioned by Royal Purple Oil to raise funds for the Hot Rodders Children's Charity, a non-profit agency dedicated to harnessing the enthusiasm in the automotive community to raise funds and awareness for various children's causes.
The 1969 Firebird has been modified into a showpiece with extensive Pro Touring touches and techniques. It features an all-aluminum 474/550 HP Butler engine, TCI 700R4 automatic transmission and 9-inch Currie rear end with 35 spline axles. A Hotchkiss suspension system and Baer disc brakes, American Torque Thrust racing wheels and Yokohama tires complete the unique car. It is painted in Luscious Silver by Hillbilly Graphics. For more information and a video presentation on the vehicle, go to royalpurple.com/give/
"We are privileged to be able to give back to the Hot Rodders Children's Charity through the purchase of this Firebird, and we want to thank Royal Purple and Mecum Auctions for bringing it to the public," said Ken Lingenfelter. "I am a big Pontiac fan and the car will be an excellent fit for The Lingenfelter Collection."
The Lingenfelter Collection is opened for tours in support of automotive organizations, charitable institutions and LPE activities. For more information, visit www.lingenfeltercollection.com or call 248.486.5342.