Update 9/30/13: The majority of the collection has been auctioned off and many of the cars are already off to their new homes. It seems the event was a success for the Lambrecht family and many happy buyers. There were a few good deals over the weekend, but a couple of the low mileage cars reached the six figure marks. VanDerBrink Auctions has yet to release the auction’s results, but as soon as they do we will post a link to it!
From 7/1/13: Recently, there have been quite a few large collections coming up for auction, with several being old dealerships. The Lambrecht Chevrolet dealership is another large lot set to go to auction in the coming months and has been causing a stir on the internet. The owner of the Pierce, Nebraska dealership opened its doors in 1946 and over the years acquired a large collection of cars. Some were taken in as trades, while others were new cars that never sold. There are over 500 cars being offered, with the auction being handled by VanDerBrink Auctions on September 28th and 29th.
While a number of these cars were parked in the dealership, most were taken to the owner’s home and left outside. Most of these were used cars that were taken in on trade. The elements have taken their toll on many of these cars, with the auction house describing them as project cars. The auction house didn’t provide any photos of the entire collection, but it would be difficult to take a photos of all of them.
Most of this collection’s hype is over the cars that the dealership never sold and subsequently stored inside. Many of these cars have less than 10 miles on the odometer, with a few still wearing the protective plastic the factory installed to the interior before shipping. It might be an interesting and incredible story to find a car with just 5 miles since new, but that doesn’t mean that these cars are still new. Any car that has been parked for 40 or 50 years is going to need a lot of work before it can be driven again.
Given all the interest and hype surrounding this auction, we doubt this will be the one to go to if you’re looking for a bargain. That doesn’t mean it isn’t worth taking a look, even if it’s just to kick some old tires. If money wasn’t an issue, which of these old cars would you like to have in your collection? The complete list can be found here.