Update: The Lambrecht Chevrolet Collection

Here’s the latest on the incredible Lambrecht Chevrolet hoard of new/old cars in Pierce, Nebraska. The auction is scheduled for Sept. 28-29 and online bidding is already underway. Update follows… 


You know the story of Ray and Mildred Lambrecht, who ran their ma-and-pa Chevrolet dealership in tiny Pierce, Nebraska for nearly 50 years. When the dealership closed its doors in 1996, the Lambrechts had a back inventory of over 500 vehicles—including over 50 brand new Chevrolet cars and trucks, never sold or titled. And now this amazing—and controversial—vehicle hoard is up for sale.

You can watch three different videos and learn more about the cars in these previous stories at Mac’s Motor City Garage:

Mother of all Barn Finds: The Lambrecht Chevrolet Collection 

More from the Lambrecht Chevrolet Barn Find Collection

Still More from the Lambrecht Chevrolet Barn Find Collection 

The auction, scheduled for Sept. 28-29, is already shaping up as the collector car happening of the year. In the meantime, online bidding is underway at the VanDerBrink Auctions website. With 24 days until auction, here’s how the bidding is proceeding on a few of the vehicles, with prices as of today, Sept 4, 2013:


1965 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe, 396 CID/325 hp V8, Turbo-hydramatic, 12 miles showing on odometer, never titled. Said to run and drive. Current bid $16,750.


1958 Chevrolet APache 31 Series Half-Ton Pickup, inline six with four-speed manual transmission, 5 miles showing on odometer. Engine reportedly ran this year. Current bid $13,000.


1959 Chevrolet Bel Air four-door hardtop, 283 CID 2V V8, automatic transmission, never titled, 2 miles showing on odometer but stored outdoors, does not run, water damaged interior, dented body panels, missing exterior trim. Current bid $2,100.


1958 Chevrolet Cameo Pickup, inline six, never titled, 1.3 miles showing on odometer. Roof panel dented and windshield cracked, apparent storage or transportation damage. Current bid $22,500.


1978 Chevrolet Corvette Indy Pace Car, 350 CID V8/automatic, 4 miles, does not run, never titled, stored inside, never cleaned, unwrapped, or detailed. Current bid $35,000.


1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Coupe, 145 hp six, four-speed manual transmission, 17 miles showing on odometer, does not run. Current bid $10,250.


The Lambrecht car hoard has generated tremendous discussion on the web and all around the collector car community. What’s your take on this amazing, arguably bizarre collection? We’d like to hear from you, especially those who are bidding online or intend to attend the auction in person. Weigh in!


7 thoughts on “Update: The Lambrecht Chevrolet Collection

  1. Like I’ve said before, I’d really like to understand the backstory here. What motivated them to save such a large, and seemingly random collection of cars over the years? Aside from the Anniversary Vette and the Cameo, none of these cars is particularly special, and there was no considered effort to conserve them.
    My family ran a Ford-cum-Chrysler Plymouth dealership from 1917 to 1967, but the only car left hanging around was a virtually new ’38 Ford tow truck, which was purchased right before they dropped the Ford franchise. (Remember, in 1938, Chrysler, not Ford, was the #2 car company. And Ford was a pain in the a** to do business with – you took the cars they sent you, or returned your franchise agreement – as well as Ford tractors – big seller in a Mon Valley steel town – Ford glass, Ford charcoal briquettes).

  2. Maybe they planned on reopening at some point, then just kept holding on. Could have been sickness or death.

  3. Looking at the 59 4-door just looks like a bunch of low or no desirability cars that failed to sell and were held onto rather than discounted and sold.

  4. Oh I think he knew what he was doing I think this is all to supliment his retirement $$$$$$ that’s just my take on it I could be wrong but yes it is very odd and he should make plenty of cash

  5. Saw an interview with the daughter, mostly just unsold new cars and he Didn’t like to sell trade in’s because he felt the newer cars were safer for his customers.

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