July 6, 2013

Something Wonderful: Opening the Nebraska Tomb of the Ancient Chevrolets, "One mile on the odometer"

"....They just kept them....without driving them...for forty years?...."

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“It Will Pay to See Ray”

Coming up, the 2 Day Auction 28th-29th, 2013 in Pierce, Nebraska. by VanDerBrink Auctions - Yvette VanDerBrink Auctioneer.

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First spotlighted at Messy Nessy Chic and brought to my attention by reader Deborah H.: 1940s Chevy Dealer re-opens to Auction off 500 Time Capsule Cars | Messy Nessy Chic Messy Nessy Chic

Ray and Mildred Lambrecht are now in their 90s and have made what is described by their daughter Jeannie, as a "difficult and painful" decision, to liquidate the dealership'€™s massive inventory of "survivor vehicles"€™. On September 28th and 29th, 2013, VanDerBrink Auctions will have the honor of selling this incredible, once in a lifetime collection of American automotive history.

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Urban legends speak of a former Midwest Chevy dealer with a collection of hundreds of vehicles hidden away in a rural setting. Rumors abound regarding this man and the mystery of that collection. The man behind that legend is my father, Ray P. Lambrecht. Dad owned and operated Lambrecht Chevrolet Company from 1946 until 1996, selling new Chevrolets to multiple generations of families all over the Midwest and beyond.
Lambrecht Chevrolet Company was owned and operated by my parents, Ray and Mildred Lambrecht with only one employee, a mechanic. They operated the dealership for 50 years until they retired in 1996 at ages 78 and 75. My parents worked six days a week for 50 years, never taking one single day of vacation or one sick day. They worked hard and operated their business with honesty, integrity, and kindness, frequently lending a helping hand to others who were in need.

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My Dad just loved to sell new cars and trucks, and he sold lots of them. Also, he felt very strongly about the issue of safety for families with young children. He would strive to put those families in new cars that were safe and reliable rather than selling them a used car. That was the genesis of my Dad’s car collection. He sold lots and lots of new cars and lots and lots of pickups. The trade-ins were parked on our farm outside of town. Their numbers gradually grew into a massive collection. New cars that were left unsold were also stored. There is a lot of history in that collection. Dad can look at any of those vehicles today and tell you the story behind it. He remembers each used car and the former owner, like the 1928 Durant owned by Mom’s uncle Louie.-- Jeannie Lambrecht Stillwell

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Lot 15, 1978 Chevrolet Corvette (V8, four-speed automatic transmission), five miles

48 vehicles with fewer than 20 miles on their odometers. The oldest are a pair of '58 Chevys -- a one-mile Cameo pickup and a five-mile Apache pickup -- and the newest is a 1980 Monza with nine miles.

Gentlemen, start your checkbooks.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at July 6, 2013 8:45 AM
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I am heading out right now to buy my Lotto ticket!

Posted by: Smokey at July 6, 2013 9:31 AM

Wore out three drills getting those odometers back to low miles.

Posted by: Potsie at July 6, 2013 11:26 AM

Proceeds could pay off the national debt!!!

Posted by: leelu at July 6, 2013 12:04 PM

Would they take a 1985 Volvo wagon trade in. It has about 200,000 miles on her, but she's tan...well, except for the right front side panel, which is white.

Posted by: Jewel at July 6, 2013 1:07 PM

As I get older I rejoice in what I have, yes; but I also reminisce over the things I just let slip away. The cars, the women, the opportunities. Seemed of such little value back in the moment but now, but now ...

Posted by: chasmatic at July 7, 2013 6:54 AM

I wish. Just the smell of the interior could send a person back in time. Love those old cars.

Posted by: Arlene at July 7, 2013 10:33 AM

I wish. Just the smell of the interior could send a person back in time. Love those old cars.

Posted by: Arlene at July 7, 2013 10:33 AM

I wish. Just the smell of the interior could send a person back in time. Love those old cars.

Posted by: Arlene at July 7, 2013 10:33 AM

Too bad they're Chevys.

Posted by: Casca at July 7, 2013 8:35 PM

I'm looking for a brand new 1972 2 door cream colored Monte Carlo; original price $2200. Willing to pay at least that much, only this time I'd pay for the Zeibarting so it wouldn't rust out after 2 years.

Posted by: MOTUS at July 9, 2013 6:42 PM