Prices were strong in the Lambrecht Chevrolet collection auction in Pierce, Nebraska, Sept. 27-28.
VanDerBrink Auctions, with assistance from Proxibid, started off selling NOS Chevy parts higher than market value. Hub cap sets sold for $400 and other ridiculous prices were paid.
Among the vehicles, the first to go under the auction hammer was the top seller – the 1958 Chevrolet Cameo pickup with 1.3 miles and a dented roof, which sold for $140,000. Next up, a 1958 Chevrolet Apache stepside truck with 5 miles sold for $85,000. Then the ’78 Corvette pace car with 4 miles sold for $80,000.
I offered a play-by-play of the auction action elsewhere on the site, so I am including a few more of the top sellers not necessarily pictured there, as well as several of the other great cars offered in the auction. Although Ray Lambrecht sold Chevrolets, and thus received many Chevrolets as trade-ins, he also took in a few other makes of vehicles. I tried to show a few of them here, too.
A line of unsold 1959 Chevrolet four-doors and one lone two-door Bel Air traded in to Ray Lambrecht of Lambrecht Chevrolet Co. The 1959 Bel Air two-door sedan is already being flipped by a Nebraska car dealer.
This 1964 Chevrolet Impala Sport Coupe (two-door hardtop) could be seen through the front window of Lambrecht Chevrolet for decades. It has 4 miles on the odometer, its window sticker still clings to the glass and it is still on MSO. It sold for $75,000
A shocker at the VanDerBrink Auctions sale of the Lambrecht Chevrolet Collection was this 1959 Chevrolet Viking 40 truck with 7 miles on the odometer and its MSO that sold for $60,000. The truck was missing its radiator, but the outside wheels and tires for the rear axle were included in the sale.
The second highest-selling example among five unsold 1959 Chevrolet four-doors was this Impala sedan. Its missing headlamps and tail lamps were included in the $14,500 selling price. The odometer showed 2.2 miles.
This 1949 Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight convertible with power windows was very complete, down to its unique air cleaner for the OHV 303-cid V-8. We rated it a No. 5, and at its sale price of $9,500, the buyer may be able to restore it himself and not lose his shirt.
The highest-selling pickup at the Lambrecht Chevrolet Company auction in Pierce, Neb., Sept 28-29 was this 1964 Chevrolet C10 or $39,000. It had 5 miles showing.
The second-highest-selling car at the Lambrecht Chevrolet Co. auction was this 1963 Impala Sport Coupe long stored inside the dealership. It sold for $97,500, a considerable sum since it had the 327-cid V-8 and automatic transmission combo. However, beneath the dust and dirt, indoor storage had preserved it well from top to bottom and inside. This car also had its window sticker still stuck to the glass. The odometer registered 11 miles.
This unsold 1963 Corvair 95 panel van, mistakenly called a Greenbriar in the online auction catalog, sold for a strong $19,000. Like 50-some other vehicles in the Lambrecht Chevrolet collection, it was still on MSO. The odometer of this rare treat showed 46 miles.
I hoped to come home with this unsold 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne sedan still on MSO, but it was a little too rough to preserve in original condition. The floor pans in the trunk and passenger compartment needed replacement, the interior needed significant work and the body had too much rust to preserve as it was. As such, the car sold at the lowest price the unsold 1959s sold for during the VanDerBrink Auctions sale: $11,000. It has found a good home and the new owner plans to fix it up and drive it.
Surprisingly, this 49,000-mile 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Coupe with a V-8 sold for less than a V-8 two-door sedan with 30,000 miles just down the row. This Bel Air brought $9,000, while the Two-Ten two-door sedan near it fetch — and in similar condition — brought $12,000!
This 1952 Chevrolet Bel Air Deluxe two-door hardtop with 75,000 miles was definitely restorable and brought $7,500.
This 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air two-door sedan was one of the few six-cylinder-powered post-1954 Chevrolets at the sale. The Crocus Yellow and black two-door was ripe for restoration and fetched $14,500 to stay in Nebraska.
Looking for new Chevrolet parts? There were plenty at the VanDerBrink Auctions sale of the Lambrecht Chevrolet Collection. Ray Lambrecht apparently sold a warehouse full of Chevrolet memorabilia years ago, but he still had some parts lying around the dealership. Check out those in-the-box GM Kent-Moore tools and the never-installed redlines!
This coral-and-white 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air Sport Sedan (four-door hardtop) had just 45,000 miles. Like the many other '57 four-doors in this sale, it had a V-8 engine and sold strong. However, it's $9,000 winning bid was a better deal than the rougher 1957 four-door One-Fifty sedan and Two-Ten sedan that sold for as much or slightly more.
Related Resources Get your copy of the Collector Car Price Guide to find values before the sale here. Get your Chevrolet facts from the experts’ source in the Chevrolet Standard Catalog. Buy art featuring the Lambrecht cars from Heather Curtis photography