July 1 Weekly Open Thread--The Mother of All Barn Finds
Here in the back of the Car Lust Garage is our virtual break room, cocktail lounge, and general-purpose hangout, where you can talk about anything automotive that's on your mind.
If you're looking for a project car, and you happen to be free the weekend of September 28 and 29, and you have some cash to spend on acquisitions, I suggest that you spend the weekend in Pierce, Nebraska. There will be a two-day auction of the remaining inventory of Lambrecht Chevrolet.
Ray and Mildred Lambrecht operated their dealership for fifty years, from 1946 to 1996, with a total staff of three--Ray, Mildred, and a mechanic. Like every other automobile dealer in the world, the Lambrechts occasionally had a new car or truck or two that didn't sell before the end of the model year, and took a few orphans in trade.
Unlike every other automobile dealer in the world, when the Lambrechts had a car or truck or two that they couldn't sell, they didn't shunt it off to an auctioneer or price it to move (with no down payment and zero-point-nine financing available to qualified buyers) during the Year-End Blowout Spectacular Tent Sale, Revival Meeting, & Shuffleboard Tournament. They just parked it out back and left it there. This being a county with 13 residents per square mile, there was no shortage of "out back" where those cars could be parked and left. Over the course of 50 years in business, the Lambrechts ended up with over 500 unsold new and unwanted used cars parked out back.
That's not a typo.
Highlights include a 1958 pickup truck with one mile showing on the odometer--only driven from the assembly line to the transporter, and from the transporter to the lot--a tricked-out Pace Car Edition C3 'Vette with under 5 miles on the clock, an unsold Vega wagon, several Corvairs, three Studebakers, a 1950 Kaiser, several International pickups, a 1929 Durant sedan, a Chevette Scooter with only 817 miles, a Corvette pedal car, and a scattering of disco-era personal luxury coupes including a Cougar, a Cordoba, and multiple Monte Carlos.
Some are in better shape than others, and even the best-preserved will require some careful demothballing at the very least, but if you have the cash and the capability to restore them, there are literally hundreds of worthy project cars waiting to be restored, restomodded, slammed, or rat-rodded.
If any of you attend the auction, we'd like to hear about it.
--Cookie the Dog's Owner
All photos come from the auctioneer's website.