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Treasure trove of vintage cars to be auctioned in Nebraska
FoxNews.com ^ | 9/27/2013 | Kelly David Burke

Posted on 09/28/2013 5:41:52 AM PDT by RoosterRedux

When Ray Lambrecht closed his Chevy Dealership in the little town of Pierce, Nebraska in 1996 he did it without fanfare, according to auto auctioneer Yvette Vanderbrink. "It is amazing, you know he just went home. Just decided today's the day I'm going to retire and locked the doors and everything was left just as it was."

What was left included some 500 unsold cars, many of them brand new models with less than 20 miles on the odometer. Something of an eccentric, Lambrecht believed in only selling new cars. If a vehicle didn't sell, he would take it off the showroom floor and put it storage. Trade-ins were also stored, many of them simply parked out in a large field on the edge of town.

All of the vehicles will be auctioned off this weekend and the sale has drawn attention across America and beyond. "It's kind of amazing," says Pierce resident Rick Sirek. "I have a secretary down here that was in Sweden about ten days ago...and she heard people in the lobby in this hotel in Sweden talking about this Lambrecht car sale here."

The reclusive Lambrecht, who has declined all interview requests, opened his dealership in 1946 when GM was looking for franchises in small towns across the country. Now 96 and with health problems, he has finally made the hard decision to sell off his stash.

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Here's a link to VanDerBrink Auctions (there is a complete list of all cars and other items to be auctioned).
1 posted on 09/28/2013 5:41:52 AM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux
If I were within 200 miles of the auction, I would be there this weekend if only to watch and enjoy.

I hope it is recorded on video.

2 posted on 09/28/2013 5:44:22 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: RoosterRedux
Another story with video:

Vintage Cars Go to Auction in Pierce

3 posted on 09/28/2013 5:49:10 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: RoosterRedux

He was brilliant to invest his money in cars instead of the rotten financial instruments that have squandered the money of people who saved, thinking they’d get interest on those savings for their old age. How wrong they were!
The crooks that run the Fed and Wall St. have ripped savers off to the tune of trillions of dollars. “A penny saved is a penny lost.”


4 posted on 09/28/2013 5:51:30 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: DJ MacWoW
Here's a Google image search LINK.

This auction is going to bring a fortune to Lambrecht.

5 posted on 09/28/2013 5:53:52 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: RoosterRedux

“I hope it is recorded on video.”

Agree. Maybe National Geographic, Discovery Channel or some such will do a show. Hope so.


6 posted on 09/28/2013 6:03:56 AM PDT by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: RoosterRedux
Nice pics. Thanks!

My 28 yr old daughter said that they were real cars. She doesn't care for new ones. They all look alike.

7 posted on 09/28/2013 6:10:26 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: RoosterRedux
This demonstrates how big the mark up on new cars really is.

This man was in business for fifty years and just left 500 cars unsold. That’s is an average of ten cars per year.

If you use today’s prices as a guide; average price of a new car around $25K that is $250K in unsold product per year. Granted some of the cars were trade ins but the guy was definitely making a lot of money if he could just let assets sit and rust in a field.

8 posted on 09/28/2013 6:11:48 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Pontiac; RoosterRedux

The “new” cars were in storage, inside. Only the trade-ins were in a field.


9 posted on 09/28/2013 6:14:33 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: RoosterRedux

I heard about the particular treasure trove of vintage cars some months ago; and the plans to get it auctioned. I am surprised given that early report that the auction is only now taking place.


10 posted on 09/28/2013 6:16:34 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: RoosterRedux

It is good he is selling them when he is still young enough to enjoy the money /joking


11 posted on 09/28/2013 6:20:10 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: RoosterRedux

Cars built when we were a country!


12 posted on 09/28/2013 6:27:35 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: RoosterRedux

FTA: This weekend was specifically picked for the auction because there was no University of Nebraska football game scheduled: an important consideration for drawing a crowd in the Cornhusker State.

LOLOLOL!


13 posted on 09/28/2013 6:36:51 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: DJ MacWoW; RoosterRedux
A distinction with out a difference.

The fact remains that these were cars that he paid for that he got no return on for his investment. The cars were a loss he could not even take off his taxes.

14 posted on 09/28/2013 6:42:43 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: RoosterRedux

Sign up and bid online.

https://www.proxibid.com/asp/LotDetail.asp?ahid=1530&aid=68561&lid=17400609&title=1958-Chevrolet-Cameo-Pickup


15 posted on 09/28/2013 6:44:30 AM PDT by Utah Binger (Southern Utah where the world comes to see America)
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To: Pontiac

He only had 50 new cars. The rest were trade-ins.


16 posted on 09/28/2013 6:47:05 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: Wuli
If you want the big bidders to come and you want to get the high prices you have to allow time for the excitement to build.

There is also a lot of lead time for inventory and catalog design and printing.

I am guessing that the catalog for this auction will be a collectable all by itself.

17 posted on 09/28/2013 6:49:34 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Utah Binger
Thx for that link. I just looked over the cars to be auctioned.

It is possible this auction could bring in over $20 mil.

18 posted on 09/28/2013 6:53:50 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: Pontiac

Will Leno show up?


19 posted on 09/28/2013 7:02:49 AM PDT by GOPJ ( Politicians who fear the people seek to disarm them. - - Bill St. Clair)
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To: RoosterRedux

The History channel has a show tonight at 8:00pm to 11:02pm called, “History Made Now: Wheels of Fortune”.

From the website.

“Car collectors from around the world are flocking to a small town in the heart of the Midwest for the chance of a lifetime. In a closed down family car dealership in Nebraska, the mother lode of classic cars—many having less than 10 miles on the odometer—are going up on the auction block. In this special presentation HISTORY will have exclusive access to the collection and the auction. The special will be hosted by Brian Unger and feature Top Gear’s Rutledge Wood and Tanner Foust.”


20 posted on 09/28/2013 7:03:20 AM PDT by rocksblues (The Obama administration the most unlawful, corrupt administration in US history.)
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To: rocksblues

That looks like the right show. That’s where I’ll be tonight.


21 posted on 09/28/2013 7:19:00 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: GOPJ
Will Leno show up?

He's got his people there...but I haven't heard if he'll be there.

22 posted on 09/28/2013 7:19:58 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing -- Socrates)
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To: RoosterRedux

I want that 58 Cameo Pickup.


23 posted on 09/28/2013 7:34:05 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: GOPJ

I don’t think a Zombie Apocalypse could keep him away.


24 posted on 09/28/2013 7:57:01 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: RoosterRedux

The auctioneers will be smoking some fat Cubans and popping a bottle of old stuff at the end of this event.


25 posted on 09/28/2013 8:07:11 AM PDT by lurk
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History Made Now: Wheels of Fortune

A three hour show 9/28/2013, 8pm Central, Hosted by Brian Unger and
featuring the TOP GEAR guys, Rutledge Wood and Tanner Foust.

26 posted on 09/28/2013 9:11:17 AM PDT by deport
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To: Pontiac
I don’t think a Zombie Apocalypse could keep him away.

A store open recently in Florida (where else) that sells things to keep Zombies away... It's true. Only in Florida...

27 posted on 09/28/2013 9:20:23 AM PDT by GOPJ ( Politicians who fear the people seek to disarm them. - - Bill St. Clair)
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To: RoosterRedux

These are probably all Pre-EPA cars.

That’s when styling, good looks, mystique and power sold cars.

Today, at the point of an EPA gun, cars are all required to look like lemon drops with wheels


28 posted on 09/28/2013 9:53:26 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Damn ObamaCare, full speed ahead!)
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To: GOPJ
A store open recently in Florida

I was just reading the article which made me think of that response.

29 posted on 09/28/2013 12:09:39 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Pontiac

Freepers are readers... ya gotta give ‘em that...


30 posted on 09/28/2013 12:43:11 PM PDT by GOPJ ( Politicians who fear the people seek to disarm them. - - Bill St. Clair)
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To: Pontiac

I live in Florida - easy to think of a store opening here with the goal of keeping zombies away... but hard to imagine a store like that any place else. (lucky you) Charred chicken bones are a sign of one of Florida’s other religions ... they can be used to put curses on people - or maybe that’s the bleached white bones... anyhow - it’s Florida.


31 posted on 09/28/2013 1:05:34 PM PDT by GOPJ ( Politicians who fear the people seek to disarm them. - - Bill St. Clair)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Of course none of the ones being sold could touch a new Camaro, Mustang, or Challenger in a race.


32 posted on 09/28/2013 1:10:18 PM PDT by nascarnation (Democrats control the Presidency, Senate, and Media. It's an uphill climb....)
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To: GOPJ

AKA Flori-duh.


33 posted on 09/28/2013 1:29:52 PM PDT by antidisestablishment (Mahound delenda est)
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To: GOPJ
I live in Florida - easy to think of a store opening here with the goal of keeping zombies away

It is kind of a highly specialized novelty and military surplus store.

Unless it does a lot of online sales I don’t see it really being a success.

34 posted on 09/28/2013 1:30:39 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: nascarnation

What kind of race are you talking about?

Speed? The 1960 cars can’t beat the new ones, just as the 1950 cars couldn’t beat the 1960’s. That kind of thing hasn’t changed for over a 100 years.

Beauty contest? I’m not so sure the lemon drops would beat the cars designed from an angle of mystique.


35 posted on 09/28/2013 1:32:06 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Damn ObamaCare, full speed ahead!)
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To: RoosterRedux

bump


36 posted on 09/28/2013 3:05:34 PM PDT by Noob1999 (Loose Lips, Sink Ships)
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To: snoringbear

It is on the History Channel right now.


37 posted on 09/28/2013 5:22:34 PM PDT by mojo114 (Pray for our military)
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To: GOPJ

I actually BOUGHT some of that stuff, and it REALLY works!

NO zombies have been spotted in my area for MONTHS now!


38 posted on 09/30/2013 11:39:01 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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