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Once in a Lifetime – The Lambrecht Chevrolet Company, with 500 Vehicles going to Auction

Jim Brennan June 30, 2013 For Sale 27 Comments

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You hear about these small town dealerships that once dotted across the landscape, with their collection of cherished vehicles, but never to this extent. Mark your calendars, because on September 28th and 29th this year, the whole lot will be liquidated. I know what you are saying right now… Another auction with disappointing inventory or over priced merchandise, but you would be wrong this time. This auction promises to be your once in a lifetime opportunity to still purchase practically new 50s, 60s, 70s, and a few 80s cars, trucks, and vans. Some still have their window stickers firmly attached. Make the jump to see some of the highlighted inventory that will be going up for auction.

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Here is a page from the VanDerBrink Auctions site describing the Story of Ray P. Lambrecht and Lambrecht Chevrolet Company by the daughter of the owner, Jeannie Lambrecht Stillwell. I won’t get into details, but I will be highlighting some of the amazing inventory from the catalog, that you can find here. If there is a picture, I will include it.

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Lot # 41, a Chevrolet Vega Wagon with 17 Miles on the odometer.
Lot # 98, a 1964 Chevrolet Corvair 2-Door Sedan with 14 Miles on the odometer.
Lot # 97, a 1960 Chevrolet Corvair Monza 4-Door with 1 mile on the odometer.
Lot # 141, a 1980 Chevrolet Monza 2-Door with 9 Miles on the odometer.
Lot # 148, a 1986 Chevrolet Cheyenne 4X4 Pickup with 4 miles on the odometer.
Lot # 158, A 1977 Chevrolet Pickup 4X4 with 5 miles on the odometer
Lot # 164, a 1982 Chevrolet Cavalier 4-Door with 23 miles on the odometer.
Lot # 165, a 1978 Chevrolet Malibu with 11 miles on the odometer.
Lot # 167, a Chevrolet Impala (unknown year) with a 305 V-8, and only 4 miles on the odometer.
Lot # 187, a 1975 Chevrolet Caprice 4-Door with a 400 V-8, and only 7 miles on the odometer.
Lot # 247, a 1979 Chevrolet Caprice 4-Door with 5 miles on the odometer.
Lot # 252, a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle 4-Door HT with the 283 V-8, and only 4 miles on the odometer.
Lots 257 thru 262, Six 1964 Chevrolet 1/2 ton Pickups, 6-cyl, with mileage between 4 and 8 miles on their odometers.
Lots 265 thru 267, Three 1963 Chevy 1/2 ton Pickups, 6-cyl, with mileage between 5 and 29 miles on their odometers.
Lot # 297, a 1965 Chevrolet Bel-Air Station Wagon with a 327 V-8, and only 5 miles on the odometer.
Lot # 299, a 1979 Chevrolet C70 Tractor truck, 427 V8, 5-Speed Manual, 2-Speed Rear End, with 5 miles on the odometer.
Lot # 319, a 1972 Chevrolet 1/2 ton Pickup, 350 V8, Auto, and only 3 miles on the odometer.

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Housed in separate buildings:
Lot # K10, a 1965 Chevrolet Impala 4-Door HT, 327 V-8, 3-Speed Manual, with 6 miles on the odometer.
Lot # K8, a 1966 Chevrolet Bel-Air 4-Door Sedan, 283 V8, Powerglide, with 6 miles on the odometer.
Lot # Unknown, a 1959 Chevrolet Viking 40 Truck 2-ton, 6-cyl, 4-speed, only 7 miles on the odometer.
Lot # 46, a 1977 Chevrolet Vega Hatchback, Automatic, and with only 6 miles on the odometer.
Lot # 82, a 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne 4-Door, 6-cyl, 3-speed manual, and only 3 miles on the odometer.
Lot # 87, a 1961 Chevrolet Apache Pickup Stepside, 6-Cyl, 4-Speed, with 2-miles on the odometer.
Lot # 89, a 1959 Chevrolet Impala 4-Door Flatroof Hardtop, 283 V8, Powerglide, with 2 miles on the odometer.
Lot # 94, a 1959 Chevrolet Bel-Air 4-Door Sedan, 283 V8, Powerglide, with 1 mile on the odometer.

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And some of the Featured Vehicles:
Lot # 1, a 1965 Chevrolet Impala 2-Door HT, 327 V8, 3-Speed Manual, with 5 miles on the odometer.
Lot # 4, a 1963 Chevrolet Impala 2-Door HT, 327 V8, Powerglide, with 11 miles on the odometer.
Lot # 5, a 1964 Chevrolet Corvair Monza, 2-Door Sedan, 4-Speed Manual, with 17 miles on the odometer.
Lot # 11, a 1958 Chevrolet Cameo Pickup, 6-Cyl, 3-Speed Manual, with only 2 miles on the odometer.
Lot # 15, a 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Indianapolis Pace Car Edition, with only 5 miles on the odometer.

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This is going to be one hell of an auction. If the new cars don’t tickle your fancy, you should take a look at the trade-ins that were acquired over the years. This auction will also include Parts and Tools, so if you ever want to own a part of Chevrolet History, plan on being there.

  • humblejanitor

    I imagine that most of these cars will need some TLC before they can be driven. I'm talking about replacing hoses, etc.

    • Jeremy Wilson

      Still, those interiors still have the plastic on it and a lot of other things are mint.

    • BlackIce_GTS

      Replacing all the rubber bits on a basically new car that is all grubby sounds like a relatively low-stress restoration.
      (edit: Apparently a lot of them were stored outside. So, restoration will probably be not so easy)

      Except for that C3 Indy. It seems like most of those were rolled directly into OCD vacuum chambers after purchase. It's probably a parts-car by their standards.

  • I totally don't understand how things like this happen. Well, I sorta do, sorta don't. I can imagine a wealthy franchise-holder keeping a couple of cars aside for himself, bought outright and written off against tax, so I guess that's what happened here. But on this scale?! (!!!1111!!eleven)

    I've worked with BMW and Mercedes franchises for the last eight years, and I know how hard it is to reach targets come month end. It would be absolutely hilarious if our Sales Managers were to go all Howard Hughes and decide to keep all the cars for ourselves, barricade the doors and not let Joe Customer cross the threshold. There'd certainly be a much lower 'phone bill and less expenditure on coffee.

    Mind asplode. I want them all.

    • Mad_Hungarian

      I have to think the owner was one of those guys who always paid cash for everything, so he had no bankers to answer to. As for GM, if he was the only Chevy store in town and nobody else wanted the territory, I guess you could get away with this in a small town under pre-bankruptcy GM.

  • I scanned the list to see what had been traded in and not re-sold. (I expect the early '40s cars were hard used during the war years.) Some enticing International 1/2 ton step sides and even a Farmall tractor!

    Best description is "V W, 1970, 2 Doors"

  • ptmeyer84

    Literally, only one hour from me! Wow, I am clearing my schedule for that Saturday!

    • Devin

      Bring camera, take pics, share with everyone.

      • ptmeyer84

        That is the plan. I just read over the inventory list, looks like I will need to assemble a team of cameramen.

        • MVEilenstein

          We expect a full report.

  • joedunlap

    Going into something like this, about the only expectation I would have for any of these cars, especially those with less thank 20 miles on the odometer, would be that the bodywork and trim be straight, no dings or dents. Given the location, I think rust on all of them is a given. Nevertheless, it should be interesting.

    • scoudude

      The vast majority of them have been stored outside, many in a grove of trees so yeah I'd bet there is a lot of rust on many of the cars. All those "new" 63-65 pickups likely have no floor in their bed now due to the wood rotting away. Google map Pierce Nebraska community golf course the lot where most of the cars are is just to the east of it. You can see a couple through the trees and a lot out in the open.

      • krazykarguy


        Really?!? That's what this guy did with the majority of these cars??

        So sad.

        • scoudude

          Yup unfortunately that is the case. I could see it for the trade ins he didn't see fit to sell but for the brand new cars of which there are near 30 he didn't have inside storage for them. Look at the picture above of the building it is pretty small and just doesn't hold that many cars. Of course if he could afford to sit on all that capital he should have been able to afford some buildings to store them in.

  • dukeisduke

    Thanks for posting this, Jim. There was an article about Lambrecht on the Hemmings blog awhile back, when the auction was first announced, and before anything had been inventoried. I hope to see more updates here and other places before the auction takes place.

  • Mad_Hungarian

    These cars are getting a lot of media coverage all over. However, I have yet to see one story that answers a simple question, which is why aren't they washing the dirt and grime off these cars?

    Interiors seem to have fared better. The interior of the red '63 Corvair is mind-blowing. That's what a Corvair buyer would have seen 50 years ago.

    • gomerpig

      That's load bearing dirt & grime

    • Joe

      There are certain car shows that have categories of barn finds and survivor cars. They DON'T wash the grime off cars so they can show the years of left aloneness of the vehicles. I'd rather they NOT be cleaned so I could be the one. I can't buy one, but if I could


    Alerted motorhead buddies, planning this trip.

    • dukeisduke

      I'm thinking about it, too.

  • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

    I'd be tempted to bid on the '71 Plymouth Fury III four-door hardtop.

    Unfortunately, sitting outside, it's likely most of these will be a never-ending PCH.

  • Van_Sarockin

    "Hey, Charlie… I'd buy me a used car lot. And I wouldn't sell any of them. I'd just drive a different car every day, depending on how I feel."

    Also, I see a real opportunity here for the world's largest bikini car wash.

  • vetteman61

    This reminds me so much of our old dealership, before the government took over GM and then came in and shut us down, all while lying and stealing money they owed us. Terrible company.

  • Assoni

    I was an auto dealer in Idaho from 1958 to 1994. Started out as a used car dealer. As a used car dealer, often outsold the local Chev dealer in "used" current model Chev pickups that we bought at a dealers' auction. Many, many of those vehicles came from Pierce, NB. I know exactly how this all played out. Lambrecht knew how to make money from a little dealership in Pierce, NB. Brings back a lot of memories, but I never personally met the dealer. My brother and father drove brand new 2-ton Chevrolet trucks from Pierce to Idaho where the demand from farmers exceeded the local supply. Lots of stories about 'bootleg' new vehicles sold from a used car dealership. Then, we got really stupid and bought a new car dealership, but times were a changing.

  • Glenn

    This is what I told my son who sent the link:
    That is really something!
    Never saw a very old dealership inventory going to auction.
    While those vehicles have virtually no miles one would have to basically do a complete body off renovation. All the engines & rearends are probably seized. Would not even try to start one before closely examining. Oil and all fluids are muck. Need to pull oil pan and valve covers to see into the engine. Carb is seized. Only the metal would be still good. All upholstery, rubber, on and on would need to be replaced. Buying the car and renovating would be a huge investment for anyone. That Vette is pretty cool. It would be a fun project though! All the parts are there. It will go high for an Indy Pace Car.

  • ROn

    Anyone have any idea what the average price might be?

  • Wes

    This is actually very sad. Check out the auction site. The descriptions for the cars, even the ones with 1 or 2 miles on the odometers are very sad. Almost all have dents, dings, parts removed, water damage inside, rust outside, and even MICE BITES on the interior! Almost none of them run. Apparently the owners had no clue how to put vehicles in long term storage. What a shame and a waste. Clearly, these cars are valuable and are an amazing opportunity to restore to not just original condition, but some of them with all of that particular car's original parts, but they could have been so much more…as in not restored, but just original!