Chevy Biscayne & the Lambrecht Chevrolet Auction
In 1996, the Lambrecht Chevrolet Dealership in Pierce, Nebraska, closed after being in business since 1946. Even though the dealership closed in the 20th century, almost 500 cars that had been sitting in the dealership, untouched and undriven, went up for auction in September of 2013.
Sitting inside the shuttered building sat Chevys from decades long past. Some of the more memorable cars included a 1959 Chevy Biscayne, a 1964 Chevy Corvair, and a 1958 Chevy Cameo Pickup. Most of the cars in this auction had never been titled to anyone, while a few were trade-ins
Sadly, many of the cars were found in some stage of rot. Some sat in the yard behind the dealership while others were buried under mounds of dust. Some were completely covered in rust. Some were missing windows. Nearly every car required some kind of body work. Despite the condition of many of the vehicles, collectors came in droves to lighten their wallets and check out the unbelievable automotive finds.
The cars were taken from their home inside and outside of the dealership and were parked in a large field, so buyers could inspect the vehicles from top to bottom. Many of the cars still had their original price stickers in the windows and plastic sheeting on the upholstery. The mileage on the vehicles ranged from one mile to tens of thousands. Some of the outdoor cars had plants growing in and on them, but buyers still placed bids. By the time the auction was finished, the vintage Lambrecht Chevys raked in over $2.8 million.
Due to the size of the auction, it took place over the course of two days. There were several notable cars and auction prices on the first day. These are the four highest priced vehicles:
* 1958 Chevy Apache 31 Series Truck with 5 miles for $80,000
* 1978 Chevy Corvette Indy Pace Car with 4 miles for $80,000
* 1964 Chevy Hardtop Impala with 4 miles for $75,000.
On the second day of the auction, dirt covered, rust filled Chevy Biscayne sold for $12,500. The car did not even look like it could be restored, but the rarity and the completeness made it sell for much more than most people thought it would.