POSTED: Monday, September 30, 2013 - 10:05am
UPDATED: Monday, June 16, 2014 - 11:22am
20,000 classic car fans converged on a tiny Nebraska town for a once-in-a-lifetime auction
Classic car shows and auctions happen all the time.
So why would thousands of people descend on a tiny rural Nebraska town for a vintage auto sale?
It turns out these cars are really special and an opportunity like this may never come again.
How often do you get the chance to buy a brand new '59?
But Ray Lambrechts car collection is far from normal.
It has so few miles that the paint isn't even burnt off the manifold yet.
Lambrecht believed in only selling the latest cars. So when new models rolled in, the old ones were taken off the showroom floor.
This one still has the plastic on the front seat.
Impalas and pick-ups; Bel Air's and Biscayne's; just a handful of miles on each, seemingly frozen in time.
Even though they need some work, to see a car that is 20 years older than I am, with one mile on it, you'll never see that again.
So when the new cars, and hundreds of other classics came up for sale an estimated 20,000 people from across the country felt the pull, and packed the small town of Pierce, Nebraska, getting a look at this time capsule of steel and chrome.
To be here and around them it's incredible.
George Simone made the trip from Sterling, Connecticut and fell in love with this 65 Chevy Impala.
"It has a three speed automatic transmission. It has 12 miles on it, 12 miles," says Simone.
In 1965 he could have bought the car for just over 2-thousand. Today he got it for 75 grand.
Simone, "I think that's a bargain."
A 1958 Cameo pickup went for 140,000; a '63 Impala, 97,500.
Patrick Kelly, an auction visitor, says, "If you have the money, you will probably never find a piece of history like this again."
And even for those not looking to buy, the chance to witness the bidding still gets them revved up.
This is a once in a lifetime event, it will never happen again, truly.
To see this many cars all on one area it blows me away, it blows me away.