By John Lee
The 1964 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop that sold at the Lambrecht Chevrolet auction last September in Pierce, Neb., was actually the buyer’s second choice.
When Vanderbrink Auctions announced it would sell some 50 “new” old Chevrolets, among nearly 500 cars and trucks that the small town dealer had hoarded for years, Kenny Drewel got caught up in auction fever like thousands of others around the world.
Drewel, who owns an E-Z-Go Golf Car franchise and used car dealership in Lincoln, Neb., followed stories building up to the sale and checked out photos and descriptions of the vehicles on the Vanderbrink web site.
The 1969 Chevelle SS coupe was on Kenny’s mind as he drove the 140 miles to Pierce on preview day to check over the cars in person. “The more I looked at the Chevelle, the less I liked it,” he said. “It needed a lot of work.”
He shifted his attention to the white 1964 Impala hardtop. It was virtually a brand new car with only four miles on the odometer and, unlike many of the new, never-titled vehicles and lightly-used ones, the Impala had been stored inside for all of the 50 years since its delivery to Lambrecht Chevrolet. He ended up with the top bid of $75,000 to take it home.
Six months later we called Drewel to follow up on what he had done with his purchase. “Well, I got ‘er cleaned up and I’m just sittin’ here lookin’ at it,” he exclaimed. So we made an appointment to go and see it.
Check out his second choice: