A Note from the Lil’ Nordstrom’s Gal

Vanderbrink Auctions Blogs

It’s in the Movies…. “Cars are the Stars”

Since their invention movies have always fascinated and entertained people. I grew up on a farm in South Dakota and one thing that our family did was go to movies. My Dad and Mom loved going to movies. Mom said that she got my name from the actress Yvette Minmew from the credits of...

Bring it on…the auction season has started!

It’s January and time for the biggest kick off to the auction season. Car guys and gals flock to the Desert Southwest and Florida for some of the biggest auctions of the year. For those that don’t, or can’t go, it’s almost like watching the Super Bowl on TV. I myself was one of...

Dr. VanDerBrink

by Yvette VanDerBrink “Dr. VanDerBrink, paging Dr. VanDerBrink.” I swear this is the sound I hear echoing off the walls of our machine shed. This is because my husband is the “tractor doctor.” Daily, I find him working, sometimes late into the night, trying to save a relic of the past, a part of...

Home for the Holidays

by Yvette VanDerBrink This year has been a busy auction year, and I can’t be more thankful. I have met so many wonderful people and got to work with many fabulous collections. But before you know it, the end of another year rolls around and Christmas is here. Christmas at the Nordstrom house was...

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Iron Prices in 2015… Saving those Old Cars-Trucks

  All of us collectors cringe at the word crusher. With the past 7 years of high iron scrap prices the old cars, tractors, and trucks have fallen to the crusher. This has greatly affected the number of original vehicles available for projects and parts. So has anything changed recently? Yes, in 2015 iron...

Back to School…

This week I send my baby off to Votech in Alexandria, MN. I’ll have “The Empty Nest”, and to say the least, I’m not liking it. But it made me think of all those back to school days, I had growing up. They are sure different than we had in the 1970’s and 80’s....

The 1966 Ford Mustang retractable.

Retractable 1966 Ford Mustang to be sold by VanDerBrink Auctions

Harv Bish’s Mustang retractable was built by an original Ford Motor Co. engineer who worked on the Skyliner and Mustang retractable programs Ford’s original prototype Mustang retractable was likely scrapped, but that doesn’t mean the chance to own a drop-top pony car with the convenience of a solid roof has to be junked, too....

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Two-Wheeled Time Capsule: The Greenfield Honda Auction

  One of the best inventions that were ever invented was the wheel. Whether it was 2 or 4 wheels, the wheel is always being re-invented. Ivan and Clyde Frizell grew up on the farm outside Greenfield, Iowa. Clyde and Ivan worked together and helped out on the farm. Ivan went off to the...

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Rare cars at the Quam Car Collection Auction

VanDerBrink to auction unique collection Sept. 26, 2015, in Boone, Iowa   Grant Quam used to say, “You finally reach a point in life, when you can afford to buy the things that only the young can enjoy.” There’s a lot of wisdom in those words. He seemed to have sayings like this, for...