Many drivers are familiar with the process of buying a used car, but not everyone is used to searching for their next ride at a one-of-a-kind vintage car auction. At the Lambrecht Chevrolet Auction, which just took place in Nebraska, that is exactly what happens, as the sale features some rarely seen versions of classic vehicles.
This auction began when the family of one Chevrolet dealer in Nebraska decided to sell some of the vehicles the dealership had accumulated over the years. What they found was more than 430 Chevy models stored in the surrounding woods - many of which had never been driven or purchased. While they may be covered in dirt or rust, they are in otherwise strong condition and could prove to be a solid investment for many lovers of classic cars.
"These are cars that were basically taken from the dealer and shoved out back and have been sitting ever since they were brand new," Jim Pickering, editor of American Car Collector, told NPR. "That just flat out doesn't happen. This is kind of urban legend material."
Many of the top vehicles on display at the vintage auction are classic pickup trucks, including one 1958 Chevrolet Cameo with only 1.3 miles on it. That truck sold for $140,000 and brought in the biggest haul at the auction. Another top seller was a 1958 Chevrolet Apache 31 Series Pickup, which had clocked only 5 miles and sold for $80,000.
While those pickups were among the biggest prizes of the day, there were many other Chevy trucks that drivers were able to purchase for a low cost. Although they will likely need their fair share of maintenance and truck mods, it will be a small price to pay for the unique driving experience.