The VanDerBrink Auction of the Lambrecht Collection of classic Chevroletâ€™s is nearly a week old and the buying fever has subsided.Â The crowds have departed Pierce, Nebraska and we can now look more analytically at the cars and prices paid.
Letâ€™s look at the 1956 Chevroletâ€™s in detail this time.Â The 1956 was in the middle of the three years of the oft referred â€œtri-fiveâ€ series from 1955-1957. There were seven Chevrolet cars sold during the two days of the auctions for this model year.Â The cars come in three variations, the bare bones 150, a slightly sexier 210 and the fully duded out Bel Air.Â The VINâ€™s shown by VanDerBrink helped decipher which model was which and with what engine.Â One unit was a 210 station wagon.Â All these cars were high mileage and presumably trade-ins to Lambrecht Chevrolet.Â All seven cars are in rough condition and will need some extensive body and mechanical work, or kept in a survivor mode.Â Remember they can only be original once!
All prices will have a buyerâ€™s premium of 5-10% added to the listed price based on whether the bidder was on site or not.
For the 1956 model year, five were four doors, with the above mentioned station wagon and a 2 door sedan also selling.Â While perhaps more practical if you are planning on using the rear seat often, the reality is the 2 doors are presently more in demand in the collector market and generally higher priced when restored.Â The 2 door sedan (post) went for $14,500.Â On Saturday, when more of the high value cars sold from the Lambrecht Collection a 4 door hardtop went for $30,000.
The fact that the auction didnâ€™t have any of the more popular versions of the 1956 model year, suggests that if Lambrecht had accepted those models as trade in they were sold long ago.Â Plus none of these were the low or no Â mileage; sold on MSO (Manufacturerâ€™s Statement of Origin) instead of state title; which indicates that Lambrecht Chevrolet didnâ€™t have any trouble selling those models when new!Â The average price for the seven cars was just over $7,900 and only three cars went for over $5,000.
At least at these prices, the cars are going to loving homes and not being chopped up for their body parts.Â Or are theyâ€¦check out a future blog article.
Photos – Courtesy of VanDerBrink Auctions