Nebraska's Lambrecht Chevrolet Dealership To Hold “Time Capsule” Auction

Stephanie Davies Jun 28, 2013 0 Comment(s)
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Lambrecht Chevrolet in Pierce, Nebraska, is a dealership rich in history. Mr. Ray Lambrecht opened the dealership with his bride, Mildred, in 1946 when he returned from World War II. It stayed open with only one additional employee for exactly 50 years before it closed its doors in 1996. This is a fairly common story as so many GM dealerships have gone by the wayside in the past couple of decades.

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However, when the Lambrecht’s closed the doors, they left behind 514 cars (mostly Chevy) inside and in a nearby field. Many of the cars were trade-ins, but about fifty of them have been stuck in a time-warp – they were never titled, barely driven, and many have less than twenty miles on the odometer. They were left unsold at the end of the year and tucked away to gather dust. There is a video floating around of a few of the incredible survivors making their way into sunlight for the first time in decades.

According to the Lambrecht’s daughter, Jeannie Lambrecht Stillwell, her father can remember the story of each vehicle and the family has a strong attachment to the collection, but Ray and Mildred, at 95 and 92 respectively, they have decided to liquidate the dealership’s inventory.

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Among the incredible collection are: a 1958 Cameo pickup truck with a single mile on the odometer, a 1978 Corvette with four miles, and a 1964 Impala with just four miles.

The entire lot, including parts and other cool historic merchandise, goes up for auction in Piece, Nebraska, on September 28 and 29, 2013. VanDerBrink Auctions will be conducting the Lambrecht Chevrolet auction, which will be open to the general public.

For more information, visit www.vanderbrinkauctions.com

To get a sneak peek of the dealership, press "play."

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