Amazing 'time capsule' of vintage Chevys discovered in Nebraska
Lambrecht dealers in Pierce, Nebraska - which was owned and run by Ray and Mildred Lambrecht since they opened the business in 1946 - is set to go under the hammer in September and includes 60 or so vehicles with less then ten miles on the clock.
> More a time capsule than an auction, Lambrecht's dealership closed 17 years ago, and its almost good-as-new cars and trucks were sealed inside only to be opened last month.
The time-warp collection includes some classic American trucks and saloons from the 1950s and 1960s, including a 1958 Cameo pickup truck that has one mile on the clock, a 1978 Corvette Stingray with four miles and a 1964 Impala, also with four miles.
VanDerBrink Auctions will be hosting the sale - which sees no reserve prices set for the cars - but auctioneer and broker Yvette VanDerBrink is confident that some vehicles could go under the hammer for six figure sums.
"A Corvette in exactly the same condition with four miles on the clock sold on the East Coast for $50,000 recently," said Yvette.
Ray, 95, and his 92-year-old wife Mildred opened their dealership in 1946 after he returned from fighting in World War Two.
The family-operated business stayed open with only one additional employee, a mechanic, for 50-years before it sealed its doors in 1996.
The lot contains little to have keen collectors booking a flight to Nebraska but the real draw is the number cars and trucks with fewer than 20 miles on their clocks - the oldest being a pair of 1958 Chevies and the newest being a 1980 Monza with nine miles.
Ray and Mildred also own some 500 vehicles that have been left to rust and gather moss outside their private lot.
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."
"They hope that these rare collectible vehicles will now be the source of joy and inspiration for car enthusiasts everywhere," added Jeannie.
Take a look at the gallery below courtesy of VanDerBrink Auctions