The auction house has released a third video from the amazing Lambrecht Chevrolet dealer hoard of new, never-sold cars and trucks, many dating back to the ’50s. Have a look.
With this third video from VanDerBrink Auctions, reality is setting in as to the true state and condition of the hundreds of cars in the Lambrecht collection. The truth is that even when stored inside, cars can suffer significant deterioration, especially over 50 years. Make no mistake: These cars are far, far from showroom fresh—even if there are only two miles showing on the odometers.
And for the many vehicles that were stored outdoors in the hard Nebraska weather, all bets are off. When a car is parked in a field, it surely and steadily rots into the ground. Mother Nature doesn’t care whether it has 100,000 miles or 10 miles on the clock.
As the flint-eyed readers here at Mac’s Motor City Garage have been warning from the start, the vehicles are not what they might appear. They’re not what we wish they might be. In many ways, sitting unused is harder on a vehicle than careful, normal use, especially when the vehicle isn’t properly mothballed. When the auction begins in Pierce, Nebraska on September 28 and people see these cars in person for the first time, many are going be disappointed. Maybe heartbroken.
But never mind all that. The Lambrecht auction has transcended reality and become a happening. Word is that hotels have sold out for miles around, and auction fever is thick in the air. It won’t surprise MCG to see cars bringing many times their usual value.
The Lambrecht Chevrolet collection is a fascinating, compelling story that has seized the imagination of the collector car world. Why did Ray and Mildred Lambrecht simply curb all these brand new cars and trucks from their dealership instead of selling them? And why let them sit there and rust for all these decades? It’s a mystery, for sure. Maybe the auction will help to unravel it.