Just when you might be thinking that all the old “barn finds” have surely been discovered by now, you hear about someone like the Lambrechts.
Ray and Mildred Lambrecht have been running Lambrecht Chevrolet in Pierce, Nebraska for the past 50 years – with just one other employee – but since they’re getting on up in years now, they’ve made the tough decision to shut the business down.
Half a century is a long time, though, and it’s no surprise that the Lambrechts have managed to amass quite a collection of classic vehicles. In fact, later this year, they will be auctioning off approximately 500 vehicles they kept over the years, including a 1978 Corvette Pace Car that’s a little dusty but still has the plastic wrap on the seats and shows just 4.4 miles on the odometer!
Amazingly, it’s one of about 50 vehicles they have driven less than 10 miles.
For example, they’ve got a 1956 Chevrolet Cameo pickup with just over a mile showing, not to mention a 1965 Impala that’s virtually “worn out” compared to that truck. The Impala has six miles – the original window sticker and plastic sheeting over the seats, still in place.
The VanDerBrink Auction company will be in charge of the sale in Pierce on Sept. 28-29, and they’re still documenting all of the vehicles. Yahoo reports today that the list will include Bel Airs, Corvairs, a couple of Vegas, dozens of pieces of memorabilia, hubcaps, and a Corvette pedal car. We’ll try to keep you posted as more details emerge. This sounds like it could be a great sale.
Naturally, the auction will be a bittersweet time for the Lambrechts. Their daughter, Jeannie Lambrecht Stillwell, says the vehicles “comprise a lifetime of hard work, tears, and joy.”
Visit The VanDerBrink Auction company for more information on the auction as well as a list of cars and parts to be auctioned September 28th-29th, 2013.