500 rare Chevrolets in Nebraska redefine barn finds for auction

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About 500 Chevrolet cars and trucks, untouched for decades and some with fewer than 20 miles on their odometers, will go on sale via auction in September and will bring international attention for a few days to a small city in Nebraska.

The auction will feature the vehicles owned by Ray Lambrecht who 17 years ago closed his Chevrolet dealership in Pierce, Nebraska, population 1,800.

Lambrecht kept the vehicles that didn’t sell when new in warehouses at his farm and in other locations near where he worked for 50 years. He opened the downtown Chevrolet dealership with his uncle in 1946.

A 1960 Corvair Monza will among 500 Chevy at auction in Nebraska.
A 1960 Corvair Monza will among 500 Chevy at auction in Nebraska.

Car enthusiasts from at least a dozen countries and throughout the U.S. are expected to visit the auction or bid online during the two-day affair. The preview day is Sept. 27, followed by the auction, Sept. 28-29.

Yvette VanDerBrink, coordinator of the auction, said several of the vehicles are rare, including a Chevy Cameo pickup expected to sell for as much as $100,000.

According to an Associated Press report, the two least-driven cars, a 1959 Bel Air and a 1960 Corvair Monza, each have one mile on their odometers. The oldest vehicle with fewer than 20 miles dates to 1958; the newest is a 1980 Monza with nine miles.

Ray and his wife, Mildred, retired in 1996. Ray, 95, and Mildred, 92, live in Pierce, but the couple’s health has declined. They decided to sell the collection so others could enjoy the vehicles.

For more information about the auction, visit: www.vanderbrinkauctions.com.

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