Automakers often experiment with plenty of radical ideas but said projects sometimes don’t pan out as imagined. That was the case with the LS V10 engine.
General Motors engineers did, in fact, build prototype versions of an LS V10 engine, displacing 7.5 liters, for the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. According to Corvette Online, GM built three or five of them. One of them ended up in a scrap heap and eventually ended up in Lee Master’s possession, who runs VC Fabrication.
After tinkering with the engine, and installing it into a 1964 Chevrolet Impala, he’s decided it’s time to part ways with the engine. Masters said he previously contacted museums, but ultimately decided the engine should find a proper home for its intended purpose. After pulling it out of the Impala, the prototype V10 has sat collecting dust, which led to its auction listing on eBay.
Masters also said he sent the serial numbers to GM to verify it is a true prototype V10 engine. His response from GM confirmed its prototype nature, but the automaker ultimately alluded to the fact it was never intended to make its way to the public. It was supposed to be destroyed.
Now, one lucky enthusiast can buy it. Masters set a price of $25,000, but the current bid stands at $4,380. Whoever ends up the with engine, do show us what you plan on doing with the rare piece of GM powertrain history.