I properly love an old, decrepit, forgotten car. They excite me far more than they should. To most people they’re just junk. Hulks of metal awaiting the merciful embrace of the crusher. Nothing more, nothing less. To others though, they’re treasure. Or the embodiment of automotive potential. So you can imagine the squeal I made when I learned of this Nebraska-based auction featuring hundreds of old cars.
Nebraska – a motoring treasure trove
The thing is, they’re not just any old cars. Some of these relics – many having sat idle for thirty years – are actually new. Some actually had a mileage reading of less than ten miles. Utter madness, but utterly fascinating, too.
According to the story over on Car and Driver, the cars came from a small town Chevrolet dealership. Apparently, if a car didn’t sell after a year, it was put into storage. We’re not sure about the business sense behind this, but hey, it’s preserved all these cars. So it can’t be all bad!
The dealer in question, Ray Lambrecht and his wife, Mildred are now 95 and 92 respectively. So, rather than keep the cars hidden, they opted to have them dragged out an auctioned off. And man, what an auction it was. There was some seriously cool old tin to be had…
As we said, other sites have reported that many of the cars were in fact, brand new. Okay, so they have a bit of patina now, but other than that, they were mint. This just isn’t the kind of thing you stumble upon every day.
The small town of Pierce was invaded by around 10,000 cash-laden car fans for the auction. And, as you would expect, some cars made mega money. For example, the Impala pictures above sold for $72,500. Yeah, these cars are old, but they’re definitely not cheap.
The Corvair you see just above? That sold for $40,000. Utter madness, but it’s not our job to say how people should spend their money. Yes, it’s a bit of a bummer that there were no bargains to be had. But hey, the main thing is that the old couple opted to release them into the wild once again. And with reports of them making a cool $2,800,000, I’m pretty sure they’re glad they made that choice.
Now, if someone could buy me that Chevelle. Please? It’s nearly Christmas. I’ve been good.