Lambrecht Auto Auction In Pictures: Vintage Chevy Mother Lode Draws Thousands To Tiny Nebraska Town

on September 28 2013 8:09 PM
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    Potential car buyers and enthusiasts inspect a 1950 Studebaker. Reuters
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    The vehicles are being auctioned online and in person. Online bids -- already totaling more than $700,000 on Friday -- will kick-start the in-person bids. Reuters
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    The auction is being held in an 80-acre field, where all of the more than 500 vintage vehicles are being displayed. Reuters
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    Michael Miller and his son Clayton check out Chevrolet Impalas being sold at the auction. Reuters
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    The first vehicle auctioned on Saturday morning was a 1958 Chevrolet Cameo pickup truck with 1.3 miles on its odometer. Reuters
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    Pictured is the interior of a 1963 Corvair being auctioned. Reuters
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    All the cars featured in the auction were pulled from the showroom floor of the Lambrecht dealership when they either didn’t sell or were traded-in by customers. Reuters
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    By Friday, more than 3,600 people from all 50 states and seven different countries had registered to participate in the auction either online or in person. It’s estimated that about 10,000 attended the first public viewing of the cars that day. Reuters
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    The conditions of the vehicles vary, but their historical value and capacity for restoration has attracted car enthusiasts across the country. Reuters
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    Shown is a steering-wheel detail from a Corvair being auctioned. Reuters
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    The original price sticker is still visible on a 1963 Corvair. The car sold for $2,533.90. Reuters
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    Ray and Mildred Lambrecht’s inventory of classic cars is inspected by numerous potential buyers during the auction’s first day. Reuters
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    The collection represents vehicles that were sold over the course of half a century by the Lambrecht dealership in Pierce, Neb. Reuters
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    A Chevy truck with a tree growing out of its cab is inspected by a potential buyer. Reuters
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    All the cars come with the proper documentation. Reuters
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    Shown is the exterior of a Corvair being offered during the two-day auction. Reuters
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If you’re a vintage-car enthusiast, Pierce, Neb., is where you need to be this weekend. The small town with a population of 1,800 has been turned into a vintage-car collector’s dreamland as its former local Chevrolet dealership auctions more than 500 classic cars, United Press International reported.

For about 50 years, Ray and Mildred Lambrecht operated Lambrecht Chevrolet until they closed it upon retiring in 1996, Fox News said. Devoted to selling only new cars, Ray Lambrecht would put any vehicle that failed to sell in storage. He would store trade-ins away from the dealership’s lot as well, leading to the collection of more than 500 unsold cars that is now being auctioned -- many of them sporting less than 20 miles on their odometers.

The auction has captured the attention of automobile lovers across the nation. But the hype hasn’t been enough to get Ray Lambrecht to make any comments on his amazing automobile collection. The 96-year-old former dealer has yet to give a single interview about the auction and his decision to finally sell the vehicles.

“These are his children, these are his babies,” said auto auctioneer Yvette VanDerBrink of Hardwick, Minn. “And he wouldn’t let anybody have any of it. It was his, kind of his legacy, and now he’s decided to turn ’em loose and offer them to collectors.”

By Friday, more than 3,600 people from all 50 states and seven different countries had registered to participate in the auction either in person or online, the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald reported. Several thousand potential buyers and car enthusiasts had walked through the auction grounds by mid-afternoon that day, ahead of the two-day auction that began Saturday.

Bel Airs, Cameos, Impalas and, of course, Corvettes are just a few of the models at auction. And online prebidding reached more than $700,000 Friday -- a hint of the excitement surrounding these mobile pieces of American history.