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Little Classics News: 29 September 2013

Hundreds of Classic Chevrolets Auctioned Off

1957 Chevy Sedan1958 Chevrolet Cameo PickupThousands of people from across the world travelled to a Nebraska auction this weekend to bid and gawk at over 500 classic cars, ranging from 1958 to 1980, all stored by a local car dealer.

Some with less than delivery miles on the clock had been kept by Ray Lambrecht, who had run a Chevrolet dealership in downtown Pierce for 50 years before retiring in the mid-1990s. Over the years, when cars were unsold, he would store them away – hoping one day their value would be realised. This resulted in over 500 Chevys stored in warehouses, barns and fields rights across the town.

1963 Chevrolete ImpalaThe first classic car of the auction, one of the more desirable, was a 1958 Cameo Pickup, which hadn’t even made two miles on the clock and was never sold to the public.

The hammer finally dropped with a bid of $140,000 (£86,773).

Another classic Chevys, this 1963 Impala, with only 11 miles on the clock (and still with its seat wrapped in the manufacturer’s plastic), went for $97,500 (£60,431). That’s some jump from the original sticker price still in the window showing $3,254.70!

1978 Chevrolet Indy Pace Car CorvetteAnother high price tag came with this 1978 Chevrolet Indy Pace Car Corvette.

Listed as “new” having never been sold to the public, the car’s total travel amounted to being rolled off the truck, put in the dealership and was only drove in and out of the building without it never touching the road. This amounted to a staggering four miles!

1949 Oldsmobile ConvertibleAs with several of the other cars, despite such low mileage, the Corvette doesn’t run. Nevertheless, it still commanded a final price of $80,000 (£49,584).

Not all the vehicles were in great condition, with some of the classic cars being rather more open to the elements than others - but with such stories of them all being tucked away for so long, some impressive prices were still being reached.

One of the cars we’re intrigued to see the results for is this rather rotten and sorry looking, but still fabulous, 1949 Oldsmobile Convertible. Rare in itself, this V8 classic could be made back into a real show-stopper. With little information on the car, we wonder what result this car will see on the second day.

The second day of bidding starts today (Sunday), with live bidding via the auction house website:

Go on, you know you want to!


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