By on June 25, 2013

How’d you like to buy a new Chevrolet? A real Chevrolet. Not a Daewoo. Not a New GM assemblage of lowest-bidder Chinese electronics and focus-grouped inoffensiveness. A brand-new Chevrolet from the time when Chevrolet ruled the world with a cast-iron fist. A brand-new 1958 Chevrolet. With four miles on the odometer.

Ray and Mildred Lambrecht were the owners of Lambrecht Chevrolet, a dealership that closed decades ago. When they closed the dealership, they didn’t dispose of the inventory. They retained it. On September 28, in Pierce, Nebraska, it will go up for sale. OldCarsWeekly has more details and a complete story, but here are some of the untitled, like-new cars for sale:

1958 Cameo <10 miles

1964 Impala 4spd <10 miles

1978 Corvette Pace Car <5 miles

Vega station wagon 17 miles

1964 Corvair van 14 miles

1960 Corvair sedan 4 miles

1966 Chevelle sedan 4 miles

1964 Chevrolet truck 3 miles

1964 Chevrolet truck 8 miles

1964 Chevrolet truck 5 miles

1964 Chevrolet truck 4 miles

1964 Chevrolet truck 5 miles

1964 Chevrolet truck 6 miles

1965 Chevrolet truck 5 miles

1963 Chevrolet truck 16 miles

1965 Bel Air wagon 5 miles

1972 Chevrolet truck 3 miles

1980 Monza 9 miles

1976 Cheyenne 4×4 4 miles

1977 Chevrolet truck 5 miles

1984 Cavalier sedan 23 miles

1978 Malibu 11 miles

1975 Caprice 7 miles

Chevette Scooter 817 miles

1964 Chevrolet truck 5 miles

1979 Caprice sedan 5 miles

1978 Impala 5 miles

I know, right? A NEARLY NEW CHEVETTE SCOOTER. There are also plenty of ’57 Chevys and the like that were traded in fifty years ago and will also be for sale.

It should be noted that, although you’re taking delivery of a new car from dealer stock, you won’t be able to just gas up your ’64 Chevy, or even your ’84 Cavalier, and go. These cars are chock full of perishable seals and rubber items and there’s a solid chance that they’ve all perished. Still, as a restoration project, this is much easier than taking a 100,000-mile six-trey Chevy that’s been liberally salted and crashed.

We’ll keep you posted on the auction results as they occur.

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65 Comments on “Finally, A Chevrolet Dealership Has Cars That Someone Wants To Buy...”


  • avatar

    Since you are buying these cars “new”, shouldn’t all the perishable items be under warranty?

    • 0 avatar
      TwoTone Loser

      Good point, isn’t that how the laws work?, or maybe it would only apply to any laws in place in the year it was built.

    • 0 avatar

      The bankrupt former GM – the one that no longer exists – will be happy to help you. The new GM has no responsibility for the old GM.

      • 0 avatar

        I am no lawyer, and don’t pretend to play one, but if you buy a GM product now, wouldn’t the warranty be served by the new GM or are these not considered “new GM” products?

      • 0 avatar
        AmeroGuy

        That’s not quite right, you see new GM is a successor in interest to much of old GM as such there is something referred to as successor liability. So things like product liability actions aren’t impacted by the 363 sale.

    • 0 avatar
      brossow

      Since you’re buying in a private sale rather than from an operating dealership, I suspect the warranty is moot.

    • 0 avatar
      Firestorm 500

      Nope. The warranty expired from time elapsed. Thirty-six months OR thirty-six thousand miles, whichever occurs first.

      It’s still the same way today.

      • 0 avatar

        @ Firestorm 500:

        Isn’t that AFTER purchase?

        I can go now go to a Kawasaki dealer up north & purchase a 2009 ninja 250 with 12 month, unlimited mile warranty & the warranty will be honored, since I’m purchasing new. The dealership even advertises that it has a 12 mo. warranty IIRC.

        Edit: Doing a little googling about GM and “successor liability”, it appears these have no warranty:

        http://blogs.wsj.com/deals/2009/06/29/behind-the-gm-product-liability-talks/

      • 0 avatar

        12/12,000 according to the GM warranty paperwork for my ’76 Chevelle from date of purchase.

        I’d be interesting to see if this would stick, esp. since parts availability from GM dried up years ago.

    • 0 avatar
      MBella

      There was an article in one of the car magazines a few years ago about a guy who bought an old Volvo, I want to say from the 60s and Volvo honored the warranty.

  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    A Monza?!

    I’ve literally never seen a Monza outside of books and the Internet…

    • 0 avatar
      racebeer

      I owned a ’76 with the “optional” 262 cubic inch V8 that made all of 110 horsepower. I was living in Morganton, NC at the time, and it would barely pull the hills between there and Asheville on I-40. An added benefit was that you had to loosen the motor mounts and jack the engine up to change the plugs because the compartment was so tight. Happily got rid of it after two years of abuse (the car abused me, not the other way around …..).

      • 0 avatar
        NoGoYo

        Wasn’t there a 305 Monza?

        The 305 is a bit of a dog, but at least it can be improved…

        • 0 avatar
          racebeer

          Yes there was … but it was a “California Only” deal for emissions in ’75 and was not available in the other 49. For ’76 they actually used a version of the 350 with a huge 125hp in California, once again not available nationwide. In ’77 they went back to the 305, and it was available nationwide … FINALLY!!

          • 0 avatar
            NoGoYo

            Well it’s not like I’ll ever see a Monza because surely every single Monza in the Northeast rotted away or imploded twenty years ago.

            I’ve been to a car show with 10 Nash Metropolitans and a DeLorean, and I still don’t think I’ll ever see a Monza.

          • 0 avatar
            racebeer

            Well, since they were basically a pregnant Vega, you probably won’t see one!!!!

      • 0 avatar
        MRF 95 T-Bird

        IIRC you could have also gotten at the spark plugs by jacking up the car removing the wheel and using a long extension through the wheel well skirt. I used to do that on my 81 Monte Carlo.

    • 0 avatar
      Felis Concolor

      I don’t even need to search for the original footage; whenever I hear Chevy Monza, I instantly recall the Motown sound “along came a spyder” TV ad.

  • avatar
    danio3834

    Wow, some very cool time capsules here, it’ll be interesting to see what these average model survivors sell for.

  • avatar
    NMGOM

    I wax nostalgic. I couldn’t help actually clapping as I watched the video when the vehicles were rolled out.
    Corvair touched my heart: a great car that, yes, needed some revisions, but GM got scared and didn’t fight back against the hysteria from one book writer who knew next to nothing about cars. Tragedy.

    ————–

    • 0 avatar
      -Nate

      You’ll be pleased to learn that a decade or so ago , I located a ’61 Corvair 700 Coupe in Lancaster , Ca. from the original owner , sitting in a lake of leaked out oil in his driveway , it started up and ran O.K. so I paid him 15 _cents_ the pound for it and wheezed it home , the ‘ short ‘ way over the Angeles Crest Highway , only needing to stop once to gasp for air ~ even late on a windy night with the vents open and the windows down , the oil fumes were choking me and I’d nearly passed out from lack of oxygen .

      Topped it up with oil and motored on home , replaced the push rod tube seals and proceeded to run the wheels off it for a couple years ~ it was the base model , not even a radio but it did have the Slip ‘N Slide PowerGlide slushbox tranny and was quite peppy and fun to drive , in town commuting , up to Turlock for the annual swap meet , across the Mojave Desert , anywhere I needed it to go , it went well .

      It never spun out nor flipped on me and I drove it improbably fast in the canyons and mountains .

      My only real complaint was low gas mileage (23 MPG) and it needed premium fuel ~ I tried retarding the timing one degree and it ran poorly and heated up so that was that .

      Growing up when Corvairs were new and one could see crashed ones in nearly every service station always made me wonder but I rather liked the car , esp. the earlier body style .

      -Nate

      • 0 avatar
        NoGoYo

        There’s a guy like 5 minutes away from me with 3 Corvairs. Unfortunately they’re all 61-64 models, was never a fan of that body.

        But plenty of people held onto 65-69 Corvairs too.

        • 0 avatar
          the_yeti

          NoGoYo, are we neighbors? This guy has 3x Corvairs, 2 Packard’s, a Ford Galaxy 500, and a K Car.

          Here are the Corvairs:

          http://www.flickr.com/photos/50198110@N00/9136960631/in/photostream/lightbox/

          http://www.flickr.com/photos/50198110@N00/9136961247/in/set-72157634325369525/lightbox/

          This one is a Rag Top:
          http://www.flickr.com/photos/50198110@N00/9139190146/

          Check out the rest of the cars:
          http://www.flickr.com/photos/50198110@N00/sets/72157634325369525/

        • 0 avatar
          corntrollio

          I used to have a neighbor that had 2. Never got a really good look at them, unfortunately.

  • avatar
    ELnNH

    Say ‘one mile’ again. Say ‘one mile’ again, I dare you, I double dare you motherXXCKER, say ‘one mile’ one more GoXdamn time!

  • avatar
    Neb

    Who the heck is going to buy that Caviler?

  • avatar
    NoGoYo

    @racebeer: I have seen a handful of the original “Camaro” Vegas! Including a Vega GT! But I don’t think I’ve ever seen a “slant nose” Vega…

    • 0 avatar
      racebeer

      Was that “Camaro” or “Cosworth”?? I know they made a limited number of Vega GTs with a Cosworth designed head, and those are still somewhat collectable …..

      • 0 avatar
        NoGoYo

        It was the first gen Vega, so likely no Cosworth head. Probably doesn’t have the old cantankerous 4 banger any more anyway. If I bought a Vega, I would try to stuff a 4.3 V6 into it.

        • 0 avatar
          racebeer

          The Cosworth deal was a ’76 and ’77 option and all of them were black as the ace of spades. Given the limited engine compartment, I think a turbocharged Eco-Tech 4 banger would be ideal in this car as a retrofit. Keeps the f/r weight balance somewhat intact!!

  • avatar
    Zas

    I’m not sure about the rest of you, but I absolutely love the patina on some of the cars. If the engines in the cars can be rebuilt because of seal/gasket deterioration, I would leave the body’s in it’s original condition if there are no “rust” issues (i.e. the building didn’t suffer rain leakage throughout the years). I would stay away from a full-on restoration if possible and just make sure all the mechanicals still work.

    I think I’ve been watching F’n’L too much on Discovery… haha :-P

    Speaking of F’n’L, I wonder if those boys will be there at the auction? I know Richard has a thing for Impalas….

  • avatar
    pb35

    Can I lease the pace car for say, a 2-year term?

  • avatar
    CJinSD

    Car dealers in the ’60s used to roll back odometers of trade-ins to zero as standard practice. It wasn’t even illegal until October of 1972.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    This story doesn’t make sense. Why would a dealership have new cars of so many different years on hand and to just close the door on all that inventory is strange

    • 0 avatar
      KalapanaBlack

      I’m with you… None of this makes sense. It closed decades ago, but has cars that spanned a 30 year period in history. What were the ’50s cars doing languishing in the dealership in 1984? Also, why does the service department look like it was abandoned circa 1945? Why are the cars, random as they are, a slice of mostly worthless vehicles? Sure, a handful are somewhat collectible if only for their age (corvair, early pickup, impala), but the rest were nothing particularly special when new, we’re stored despite never appreciating in value in any meaningful way, and are little more than curiosities now.

      Also, though this might qualify as one of the world’s largest barn finds, these things weren’t exactly sitting in a modern, climate controlled dealership. From the video, it looks like several of the building’s windows are missing.

      • 0 avatar
        April

        Yeah, it’s just weird. What dealer (even one with low overhead) could afford to hang onto so much new stock like that. Even bread and butter cars and trucks. Then there is all those fairly low mileage used cars. Not many dealers could afford to not resell them. And the story about the guy from Switzerland buying the new 1969 Corvette. We’re talking about a tiny dealership in a town of 1,900 in the middle of nowhere. The whole story seems to be a bit thin.

    • 0 avatar
      old5.0

      May not make sense, but it is 100% legit. I first walked through the dealership in 1999. Finding the place had been incredibly difficult; many people in Nebraska and Kansas knew of the place, but the knowledge was guarded closely.

      Anyway, Ray is a nice old man, although I can’t begin to guess at his motivations for holding on to these cars for all this time . But the story is no BS. In fact some of the best cars have yet to be mentioned anywhere that I’ve seen.

  • avatar
    Ubermensch

    Wouldn’t most of these power trains need complete rebuilds? Not just the seals but I would think that moisture would have rusted the internals of the engines and the oil turned to sludge. A film of old oil is only going ward off corrosion so long.

    • 0 avatar
      indi500fan

      I recently restored a 67 Camaro that had essentially sat for 20 plus years and the internal engine, trans and diff looked quite good.
      Rubber parts OTOH were another story – ozone apparently is deadly.
      The big donuts that mount the subframe to the unibody were literally crumbling into dust.

  • avatar

    cool story, thanks!

  • avatar
    April

    No thank you. I like my modern brakes, modern tires, modern safety features (the more airbags the better). Most examples of the cars and trucks on that list were worn completely out by 100,000 miles (some 50K). Cars today are just catching their second breath.

  • avatar
    Numbers_Matching

    Most of these are just old cars – nothing special – at least to anybody but a beer-bellied-old-car-shirted-sun-burnt-fuzzyhair-hated baby boomer. I will bet you THAT cohort has already made arrangements for September 28.

    • 0 avatar
      mikey

      @ Numbers_Matching…. Your right dude. I’m already thinking about it. There is an upside to being old. Its great, to have both the time, and the money,to do whatever the f–k you want.

      You might want to re think your attitude. Like or not,your going to be old yourself. It comes a lot quicker than you might think.

    • 0 avatar
      Summicron

      Yeah, Numbers, someday you’re going to sense a bubble popping and you’ll gaze afresh at the laughter in their eyes. At you.

    • 0 avatar
      azmtbkr81

      I don’t know, I’m in my early 30′s and if I lived anywhere nearby I’d be very tempted to bid on a truck. The classic styling, reasonable size, and simplicity of mid 60′s and 70′s GM trucks is very appealing. Most of the cars are indeed pretty boring.

      • 0 avatar
        CobraJet

        Yeah, I’m old, and this collection interests me. The photo of the interior of the 64 Impala with plastic on the seats brings back memories. I remember going with my parents to pick up our new Impala 4 dr sedan at a small, old style dealership. After they removed the plastic, my Mom, brother and I sat in the new Impala taking in the wonderful new car smell while my Dad was in the office finishing up the paperwork. I can still see that aqua interior. Boy I wish cars had better interior colors now.

        • 0 avatar
          Summicron

          Exactly.

          Imprinting on those gorgeous new interiors in childhood and then seeing these pristine examples…. better than having my 7th grade math teacher ring the door-bell in all her 1967 sexy.

          Uhh…wait. I’ve had a moment to reconsider that.

  • avatar
    Scoutdude

    Was there a drought or other event that wiped out all the crops in the area in 1963 or 1964 that is the only reason I can think for all the left over 1964 pickups. It does show just how profitable a dealership used to be if he could just drive so many of the trade ins to his farm and not blow out last year’s left overs. 100′s of thousands of dollars left on the table. I can certainly see ordering the pace car or Cameo to keep or just not finding a buyer for the Cameo but so many of the others don’t make any sense at all. The Brown Monte Carlo does appear to be a big block car that had an issue that was left un-repaired, it does appear to have the swivel buckets too.

    • 0 avatar
      Syke

      You got it regarding both profitability of a dealership back in those days, and the reasonably low cost of keeping such a dealership running. My father left the Chevrolet dealership just as the 1966 model were coming out, and by three or four years later had absolutely no desire whatsoever to get back into the business. Felt it had gotten too difficult, and not profitable enough.

  • avatar
    Joe McKinney

    This story makes me think about how many small town car dealerships have closed since the 1980′s and 1990′s. It used to be almost every little town had at least one Big Three car dealer. For a variety of reasons, the small town, mom & pop dealerships have all but disappeared.

    The little county seat town where I now live used to have a Ford, Chevy and Dodge dealer. These have all been closed for many years now and the nearest new car dealers are over 30 miles away. Two other nearby small towns lost their only dealerships in the last few years (one had a Ford dealer and the other a Chevy dealer). You still see cars around town with decals and front plates from these defunct dealers.

    I previously lived in another town in a neighboring county. Since 2006 they have lost all three of their new car dealerships. The little Buick dealer sold his franchise back to GM around 2007. The bigger Chevy-Pontiac-Cadillac-GMC dealer out on the bypass was a victim of Carmageddon. The Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep dealer survived the finacial crisis, but has closed within the last year or so.

    I know the new car business has changed and these little, low-volume dealers have a hard time surviving. Still, it is sad to see so many local dealers close. For decades these small town dealers were pillars of their communities and they had a personal relationship with their customers that you do not find at the big town mega dealers.

  • avatar
    mkirk

    “A Chevrolet Dealership That Has Cars Someone Wants to Buy” followed a few lines fown by the words “Vega Station Wagon”. I’d like to meet THAT particular someone.

    In all seriousness I would completely buy one of those trucks and would pay a substantial amount for it, but something tells me they will be well out of my price range.

  • avatar
    davew833

    Does the Cameo pickup (with one mile on the odometer!) have a big dent in the front of the roof, or does it have a vinyl top that’s bubbled up/distorted?


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