Thousands Travel to Neb. for Vintage Chevy Auction

A handful of hardly driven selected Chevrolets fetched some-more than half a million dollars on Saturday during an auction that drew thousands of automobile buffs from around a universe to a tiny northeast Nebraska town.

Bidders and gawkers swarming shoulder-to-shoulder for a auction in a murky margin only west of Pierce, a city of about 1,800. Spectators in helicopters and airplanes circled beyond as a lead auctioneer, Yvette VanDerBrink, inched down a auction line on a wooden height hauled by a pickup.

Event organizers pronounced an estimated 10,000 people trafficked from as distant as Norway and Brazil to see a sale in person, and some-more than 3,800 had purebred online to bid during an auction website by mid-day Saturday.

The auction of some-more than 500 aged cars and pickups was approaching to continue on Sunday. Organizers pronounced they hadn’t nonetheless totaled a bids for a roughly 50 many high-profile, low-mileage classical cars and trucks, that were auctioned on Saturday. As of midday, 6 of a many profitable models had sole for a total $545,000.

The collection belonged to Ray Lambrecht and his wife, Mildred, who ran a Chevrolet dealership in downtown Pierce for 5 decades before timid in 1996. Unlike many dealers, Ray Lambrecht stashed many of his unsold cars in a warehouse, during his plantation and other spots around city if they didn’t sell in a initial year.

The initial automobile sole — a sky-blue, 1958 Chevy Cameo pickup driven 1.3 miles — cumulative a largest bid during $140,000. Another bidder spent $97,500 on a red and white 1963 Impala with 11.4 miles on a odometer, a manufacturer’s cosmetic on a chair and a yellow typewritten window plaque displaying a strange price: $3,254.70.

Lyle Buckhouse, a late rancher from Hankerson, N.D., poked his conduct Saturday into a 1963 Chevy Corvair with 17.2 miles on a odometer. Moments later, a self-proclaimed “Corvair guy” was sport energetically for a bidder-registration tent.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Buckhouse said. “That’s because we came down here. You only don’t know what you’re going to see.”

Bob Esler, a owners of Bob’s Garage in Westfield, Ind., bought a four-door 1964 Bel Air hire automobile for $30,000. The automobile had 326 miles.

“This is one of a cars that we had my eyes on,” Esler said, as he leaned opposite his new purchase. “I wish to use it to transport all of my business around.”

“How are we removing it behind home?” a crony asked.

Esler shrugged. “I haven’t figured that out yet,” he said.

Preparations for a two-day auction began in June. VanDerBrink, a auctioneer, pronounced she took calls from as distant as Iceland, Singapore and Brazil before a event.

The dual least-driven cars, a 1959 Bel Air and a 1960 Corvair Monza, have one mile on their odometer. The oldest automobile with fewer than 20 miles dates to 1958; a newest is a 1980 Monza with 9 miles.

Some bidders used a auction to hunt for singular tools for their gourmet cars and trucks, while others came to watch a spectacle.

“What drew us here as most as anything was a story,” pronounced Ernie Turcotte, who gathering with his son, Jeff, from executive Massachusetts to demeanour for fenders and using play for his 1955 Ford F-100. “I don’t know how it even happened. But here they are.”