Approximately 40 days before the VanDerBrink Auctions sale of the Lambrecht Chevrolet Collection in Pierce, Nebraska, on Sept. 28-29, the 50 never-sold Chevy cars and trucks and 500 low-mileage trade-in cars and trucks were already attracted heated online bids. Yvette VanDerBrink said there were 2,000 registered online and in-person bidders; compare that to an August auction in Monterey, Calif., where there are a few hundred registered bidders at each sale.
Due to the huge amount of publicity of the Lambrecht auction, many of the vehicles’ ultra-low mileage, and what we’ll call the “Lambrecht Legend,” bids on Lambrecht vehicles had already exceeded the value of vehicles in comparable condition. The 1958 Cameo had already been bid to $12,000. The 1964 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop had been bid to $14,250. The 1963 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop was already at $12,000, while the 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car led the pack at $35,000.
Although most of the Lambrecht vehicles are in No. 4 condition from years of sitting, bidding during the VanDerBrink sale is expected to match the legendary status of the collection. The prices the ultra-low-mileage vehicles will fetch once the gavel crashes are anyone’s guess, but that didn’t stop us from providing estimates of a few vehicles using our experience in covering hundreds of auctions (although admittedly, no one has ever covered an auction with so many unsold cars of this age with so few miles). We’ve also included the corresponding Old Cars Report Price Guide values in No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4 conditions, and the range of estimated prices provided by polled Old Cars Weekly Facebook followers for some of the vehicles. For the final hard numbers, keep your eyes on the pages of Old Cars Weekly.
Note: Old Cars Report Price Guide value approximations are listed after the OCRPG notation; OCW staff pre-sale estimates are followed by the OCW notation; and reader estimates follow the RE notation.
NEW 1964 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe with 4 miles.
A white sport coupe with a red interior, 327-cid V-8 and three-speed on the column. This is the car that brought everyone knocking on Ray Lambrecht’s door, as it was visible in the dealership window, but Ray wouldn’t sell. Car retains plastic on the seats and wheel covers in the truck, plus a window sticker. It has an AM radio and manual windows and locks.
Due to its visibility, low mileage, indoor storage and general desirability, this car is expected to be among the high sellers. Watch for crazy bids on this hot number.
Old Cars Report Price Guide values: $29,500 (No. 1); $13,280 (No. 3); $5,900 (No. 4).
Old Cars Weekly estimate: $50,000-75,000.
Reader Estimate: $8,000-35,000.
NEW 1964 Chevrolet Bel Air station wagon with 326 miles and a window sticker clinging to the glass.
While the VIN in the door jam has fallen off, the window sticker matches title and new-car invoice. A light green long roof with matching two-tone green interior. This car lacks a radio, but was equipped with a heater. The engine is a 283-cid V-8 that has run since Johnson was president, but there is surface rust in some areas on the solid body.
With the wagon crowd come out for this one? Maybe, maybe not. It may not be the most desirable color, but this Bel Air packs small-block power and will probably be well-bought.
OCRPG values: $19,000 (No. 1); $8,550 (No. 3); $3,800 (No. 4). OCW estimate: $10,000-15,000. RE: $4,000-10,000
NEW 1963 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe with 11 miles and in red with a white top and a red interior.
Once folks saw the 1964 Impala in the window of Lambrecht Chevrolet, they caught a glimpse of this honey in the back corner. Power comes from a 327-cid V-8 with an automatic transmission. There is still plastic on the seats. Car has manual windows and locks, an AM radio, and the spare, front carpet and hubcaps are in the trunk. Minor paint defect on deck lid from bird waste.
Red paint, low miles and indoor storage will do this unsold 1963 Impala well on the block. Watch for insane bidding action on the 1964 Impala hardtop.
OCRPG values: $32,500 (No. 1); $14,630 (No. 3); $6,500 (No. 4).
OCW estimate: $60,000-80,000.
NEW 1960 Chevrolet Apache 10 1/2-ton pickup with 2 miles.
The faded-blue stepside was built with a six-cylinder and manual transmission. It was inside and was later moved outside so the wood in the box is gone and there are areas with surface rust. Also, the interior is weathered and the seat foam has hardened.
Although this is the most weathered tw-mile truck anywhere outside of Pierce, Neb., where else do you find a new Chevy truck of this age? Plus, it’s a shortbox stepside to boot. Still, we don’t expect it to fetch too much more than its average collector vehicle price. Someone could get a cool “no mile” truck cheap and watch the price rise.
OCRPG values: $19,000 (No. 1); $8,550 (No. 3); $3,800 (No. 4). OCW estimate: $5,000-8,000.
NEW 1965 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe in Artesian Turquoise with matching interior and 12 miles.
Unlike most other low-mile cars from this collection, it drives and retains its window sticker. Most importantly, it has a 325-hp 396-cid V-8 with the Turbo Hydra-Matic. It has a clock and no radio with original rubber in and out.
A running, driving, 12-mile 1965 Impala coupe with a 396-cid V-8? No matter it’s a stripper with an automatic, this one will bring all the bidders to the block faster than cows to a trough at feed time.
OCRPG values: $36,000 (No. 1); $25,200 (No. 3); $7,200 (No. 4).
OCW estimate: $50,000-65,000.
NEW 1964 Chevrolet C10 1/2-ton pickup longbox with 5 miles.
This truck has some rust and damage (dents) and there is no wood in the box. There are 5 miles on the six-cylinder and four-speed manual transmission. Thieves have stolen the radiator and there is no radio. The interior needs work and has a tan vinyl bench seat.
There are LOTS of these mid-1960s Chevy trucks in the Lambrecht Collection (we count 16 1963-66 Chev pickups), and there are plenty of people who rightfully dig these trucks. However, even the trucks’ following won’t stop the sale from being saturated with examples for sale. Couple the trucks’ often ragged condition, most should sell on the money.
OCRPG values: $19,000 (No. 1); $8,550 (No. 3); $3,800 (No. 4).
OCW estimate: $6,000-8,500.
NEW Chevrolet Corvair Monza coupe in white with red bucket seats.
There are 12.8 miles on the dual-carbureted engine and floor-mounted four-speed. Due to outdoor storage, the condition doesn’t match the odometer reading. The headliner is loose and the interior is weathered, and there is rust in the body. It is complete.
There are two new white Corvair Monza coupes with red interiors, is one is going to get overlooked by its indoor-stored twin. Here’s your chance to get a new Corvair at a good price.
OCRPG values: $13,600 (No. 1); $6,100 (No. 3); $2,720 (No. 4).
OCW estimate: $5,000-7,500.