Have you ever wished that you could go back in time and buy that classic car you’ve always wanted? The Beneventi Collection auction on July 25, 2020 in Granger, Iowa is your chance.
The automobile started a revolution that has changed throughout the years from horses to horseless carriages. The Beneventi family evolved as well. They started selling automobiles with a Star-Durant dealership in Granger, IA that evolved into the Granger area Chevrolet dealer.
Don Beneventi was always intrigued with anything with wheels. Growing up with a family that owned a Chevrolet dealership, Don got to see many years of advances in Chevrolets. When Don was five years old, his dad used to pick him up from school when a news shipment of cars came in. Don would wiggle into the train boxcars to steer the new cars out. Don recalls that they were tied to the floor as well as hung from the ceiling of the boxcars. He noted that he worked at the dealership for 80+ years and steering those cars was his big start in the dealership business.
Don went off to college, met his wife, got married, and came home to work for the dealership in 1956. He recalled that ’56 was an exciting year with the introduction to the 265 c.i.d. V8 in Chevrolet in 1955. Don could see that people loved that new motor and wanted style and a sportier car than what they had grown up with. In 1963 Don became more active in the dealership. His dad gave him the reins and Don took over ownership of the dealership. With his dad still watching over, Don remembered the first load of cars he ordered. The transport arrived with a load of 1964 SS’s. His dad went out and said, “Wow, that’s an impressive load of cars. Where are they going?” The driver said, “They are yours. Where do you want me to unload them?” Not missing a beat, Don could here his name being called like he was five years old and in trouble. That’s a tone that you don’t forget. But Don made the right call, for the load had sold before they even hit the showroom floor.
Don recalled those years, 1955 to 1970, were exciting with all of the winning designs from Chevrolet. He worked to get a sportier and more progressive inventory on the lot as well as stocking utility vehicles like trucks and pickups. During this timeframe he sold a lot of SS models. It wasn’t until 1963, that he started collecting for himself. His dad had sold a 1937 Chevrolet Master sedan and it was traded back in 1963 for a Nova. Don quickly bought that car back. Not only for memories, but to start his personal car collection. He didn’t start holding back inventory and more trade-ins until 1972. He ordered a 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, triple black, 350, AT car as his demo. The car came with an added $39.00 to the bill for black that year. He held that one back, and this car will be sold with the window sticker at the upcoming July 25 auction. At this time Don also began holding back cars that were being traded in that he had previously sold new as well. He also began saving more old, original inventory. Additional cars followed which will be included in the auction as well. A 1977 Camaro Z28 coupe with only 456 miles, 1975 Caprice Classic convertible with 1241 miles, 1974 Corvette, 1978 Corvette, and more will be included in the auction. Some of the impressive held-back trades are: a 1981 DeLorean with less than 4000 miles that was traded in on a Corvette, a 1974 Chevrolet Chevelle Laguna S3 with a 454, that was sold new and traded back, an IROC Camaro and more. Approx. 24 vehicles in total will be in the auction with an assortment of parts and memorabilia to be offered July 25, 2020.
Don learned throughout the years that business will follow where it is welcome. Don and Beneventi Chevrolet had 88 years of successful sales in the Granger, IA area. But with a heavy heart, he saw that technology was becoming more advanced and he had taken the dealership as far as he could. He made a deal to sell the Chevrolet Franchise to the Willis Auto Group out of Des Moines, IA. Matt Willis and his family will add Beneventi Chevrolet to their Automotive group. After 88 years, it was a difficult decision, but Don’s mind is at ease knowing that the dealership his family built is in good hands and will continue to serve the area for years to come.
The Beneventi Collection auction will take place July 25, 2020 at 10a.m. at the Granger Chevrolet, “formerly Beneventi Chevrolet” in Granger, IA. There will be a celebration of the transition from Beneventi family to the Willis Auto Group on July 24 from 10-6p.m. Bidders can register and preview the cars at this time. VanDerBrink Auctions will be selling yet another group of the new/old cars and trade-ins.
VanDerBrink Auctions sold the now famous Lambrecht Chevrolet Collection in 2013 in Pierce, NE with 55 New old stock and almost 400 trade-ins held back by Mr. Lambrecht. Just when you think lightning can't strike twice, another group of impressive new Chevrolets comes to VanDerBrink Auctions to sell! I remember working with the Lambrecht Chevrolet very well. The one big difference is these beautiful Chevrolets are running and driving and are in like-new condition. This group of new Chevrolets also have the window stickers, documentation, and more that will go with the cars as they did with the Lambrecht sale. It’s amazing to see all the automotive history in one place. Collectors will be thrilled with Mr. Beneventi and his collection. Some of the noteworthy pieces include a 1957 Chevrolet 2dr. ht with a 1958 Fuel injection, 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396 Coupe, NEW 1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, NEW 1977 Chevrolet Z28 Camaro, and even New Corvettes. The collection will be offered No RESERVE LIVE ONSITE along with Online bidding. The collection represents the Beneventi’s years of service and Don’s love of Chevrolet. We invite everyone to come to the auction or bid online and bid on your chance on buying a New Old car. There is complete catalog, video, story, pictures, and more auctions at www.vanderbrinkauctions.com
See you at the auction and your chance to Own a New/Old car!
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