Skip to comments.Scores of new Chevys stored for decades undriven finally up for sale
Posted on 06/28/2013 9:20:04 AM PDT by Impala64ssa
Lambrecht Chevrolet of Pierce, Neb., was like many Midwestern, small-town dealers owned and operated by a family, with minimal overhead and little need for advertising since most customers were neighbors. Ray and Mildred Lambrecht ran the dealership with just one employee for 50 years before closing up, and later this year the Lambrechts will sell off a trove of 500-odd vehicles they've held onto over the decades including roughly 50 with less than 10 miles on their odometers. It's less a car sale than a time capsule auction.
While many of the cars in the Lambrecht collection were customer trade-ins that were left outside to rot, the Lambrechts would occasionally take something they couldn't sell and just put it in storage. City folk might find it unthinkable to leave so many vehicles lying around for so many years, but there's always more space in rural Nebraska, and the annual costs fall to zero quickly. I wouldn't call it hoarding, but I know many people who gather old metal like this do form an attachment to their kingdom of rust; every ride has a story, even when there's weeds growing around it. Jeannie Lambrecht Stillwell, the Lambrecht's daughter, says the decision to sell wasn't an easy one for her parents, and that the cars "comprise a lifetime of hard work, tears, and joy."
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If only I had the space and the $$$!
I know of a 69 Impala with less than 100 actual miles on it. Its even got the original tires (shrink wrapped and hanging on the wall for show days.)
5 minute mark, 25th anniversary Corvette with 4 miles...
I love states like Nebraska,Kansas and Missouri (among others).So many decent,respectable,down-to-earth people there.People so very unlike the worthless trash you find in states like...*my* home state.
Auctioneers are missing a great opportunity for some publicity..they should have called producers of Overhaulin'..let Chip Foose pick out one car..and have at it..
Ray and Mildred Lambrecht must have been loaded. 500 cars @2,500 USD 1968 = $1.2 million 1968 USD. Adjusting for inflation $8.4 million. Who can park 8.4 million bucks?
What to do...? What to do?
Cameo PU or the Impala?
Engine specs would make the decision for me. if the Impala has a 327 or more...I’d love to grab it!
Cameo with a flathead straight-6? that makes it more difficult.
Yes, they will. Belts, tires, gaskets, and more.
Every break system, transmission and engine bearing is dried out and ruined. Having said that; I WANT ONE NOW!
From what I read, very few of them were inside. Most were left outside to rot into the ground and are probably little more than junk.
>> “These cars will need some major mechanical work from sitting around all those decades.” <<
Do you believe in metal-eating bacteria?
Nothing wears when nothing moves, but they will need tires and paint anyway.
They say they don’t make cars like they used to. Thank God.....
And not just the cars. There’s plenty of never used OEM parts that’s worth tons of money. Restorers are willing to pay big bucks for that stuff.
My Dad made the mistake of buying a Vega. That underpowered a** bucket was such a POS, I had a 68 Charger at the time that was a gas hog, but still cheaper to drive.
I thought the Chevy straight-sixes of that era were overhead-valve...
"We took a quick glance at the lot listing, and while there are far, far too many vehicles to list here, a few jumped out at us:
-- 1958 Chevrolet Cameo pickup, one mile on the odometer
-- 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air sedan, one mile
-- 1965 Chevrolet Bel Air station wagon, five miles
-- 1975 Chevrolet Caprice, seven miles
-- 1978 Chevrolet Malibu, 11 miles
-- 1969 Chevrolet Cheyenne pickup, 4 miles"
I bid $2.00 for the Vega.
I want to drag it out here and shoot full of holes.
OMG, unbelievable! Everything in that place is probably a collector’s item of some kind. Wonder what kind of return on his investment he (or his family) is going to see, and how that compares to parking an equal amount in the stock market for 50 years? No expert, but I’ll bet it’s a pretty favorable comparison. But... it’s too bad he couldn’t have kept it all indoors... 500 cars... he would’ve needed an aircraft hanger.
Things like gaskets dry out when the engine isn't run regularly. The engines will have to be torn down so that every gasket, hose, belt, etc, can be replaced.
Given the way they were stored, I'd be surprised if the internals weren't rusted. Pistons, rings and cylinders, for example.
Ray and Mildred are going to have a big payday coming. Several of those cars will go for far more than they were originally worth ($2,500). Some will go for less, I'm sure. But if they only average $5K per car, they will be getting $2.5 million. I suspect that some of those cars will bring in $15K to $20K. That Vette should go for $20K based on the interior condition and the all original parts alone. If the rust is just surface rust, it can be brought back to original showroom condition right down to the plug wires.
A Vega! Yee haw!
I drove one of those until it got drowned in a flood. Did a cylinder reline of 3 of the cylinders.
A Vega stationwagon. Chicks will be powerless to resist the appeal of a guy driving a Vega stationwagon.
Dude, talking about “jumped out”, look at #1
1964 Pontiac Tempest with a 326..that’s a “GOAT” in sheep’s clothing!
“Do you believe in metal-eating bacteria?
Nothing wears when nothing moves, but they will need tires and paint anyway.”, No but I DO believe in RUST and Seal Dry/Atrophy.
“Yes, a Vega is on the list. I wonder if it comes with its original factory rust.”
All humor has it’s basis in truth, and your comment is hilarious! I had a ‘73 Vega that I inherited from my brother. It started rusting the minute it rolled off the dealer’s lot. It leaked more oil than a BP well. The little sewing machine engine had a dealer AC package installed; if you ran the air and stopped at a light, you had to put it in neutral and give it gas or the compressor would kill the engine. I made a left turn once and the driver’s side door flew open, almost ejecting my date (who declined to repeat the dating experience with me).
The ultimate slam on the Vega; my other brother had a Ford Pinto wagon at the same time. I envied him.
Oh, and you have to drive this from the backseat...
take all the plugs out, fill plug holes with Marvel Mystery Oil. manually turn it over using the fly wheel or by disconnecting the start and turning the key. do that once a day for a week. drain oil and fluids. refill with new and replace plugs.
I have played golf several times with my father in law at the golf course next to where many of these cars are stored in a field. It is incredible how many vehicles are sitting out there, let alone the other ones that were stored inside which I didn’t know about. I am sure all the classic car enthusiasts will consider this a real treasure trove.
(I thought a 1975 Vega wagon was cool. And its design was cool, and I would not refuse to drive a car like that today at all, but its construction was sadly shoddy.)
“fine corinthian leather”?
Pretty much complete, down-to-the-frame teardown and re-assembly.
A few years back, I bought a Sunbeam hedge-clipper that had hardly been used from the mid 60’s or so.
It ran, but very, very reluctantly.
I opened it up to clean it out and ALL the grease in it had mysteriously turned to an epoxy like substance.
Was able to clean it, not as good as I’d like, re-greased and reassemble, runs great!
As far as the cars go, same situation. In addition, ALL the seals are shot, no matter how they were stored.
Brake fluid absorbs water, so you’re looking at new brakes, brake lines, booster... and that’s just the beginning of the list!
So when can I start?
I guess so, the dashboard being moved inward to accommodate that V8. Some, I believe, put small V-8’s in there and they fit OK. Vega allowed lots of room under there. It was the perfect car to tinker around and rebuild.
My first car was a ‘74 Pinto. Despite its bad reputation, it was not terrible as a car.
I’ve heard that on a quiet night, you can hear a Vega rust.
I never seen a flat head Chevy. AndI have seen Chevy engines from 1937.
I’m pretty sure some of the earliest Chevy engines were indeed flatheads, but I know the Stove Bolt Six was an OHV pushrod unit.
Vega had an interesting system that in theory was supposed to abate the inner body rust. Some kind of electrolytic passivation. In practice they were unable to get all the electrolyte out after the step (I guess they could have baked it, but that would have cost too much), and the moisture, you guessed it, did what moisture does on sheet metal.
I still have nightmares about selling my '64 Grenadier Red Goat.
I had a buddy who stuffed a 350 big-block into one. I spent the afternoon swinging a sledge hammer into the firewall to make it fit. I can’t imagine cramming a 454 into one of those.
From the photos at the auctioneer's site some of them look in restorable condition. But I can appreciate what happens to cars left outdoors. A number of years ago there was an auction of a similar old collection of cars in Massachusetts. Grown men nearly cried seeing close to a dozen 1950s Thunderbirds left to rust outside, along with over one hundred other vintage cars that would have easily restored if they were stored inside. Many were worthless due to rust by the time the collection was auctioned off.
“Dude, talking about jumped out, look at #1
1964 Pontiac Tempest with a 326..thats a GOAT in sheeps clothing!”
That one jumped out at me too along with some others. There seems to be a lot of 4 door sedans which will bring less than the 2 door models. A few nuggets in there depending on the condition.
Someone needs to call Danny at Count’s Kustoms — he’d have a field day with all this!!
Yep, thanks. Foggy recall from working with Ford and GM industrials, AKA, 3-ton dump trucks/snow-plows.
Some of those engines got co-opted and pushed into PUs; Chevy and otherwise. I guess I’m thinking of Ford flats.
Dude! You the man! The StoveBoltSix was EXACTLY what I was thinking of!
I may need to resign my MotorCity/UAW “cred” over that one!