PIERCE, Neb. — A handful of barely-driven vintage Chevrolets fetched more than half a million dollars on Saturday at an auction that drew thousands of car buffs from around the world to a small northeast Nebraska town.

Bidders and gawkers crowded shoulder-to-shoulder for the auction in a muddy field just west of Pierce, a town of about 1,800. Spectators in helicopters and airplanes circled overhead as the lead auctioneer, Yvette VanDerBrink, inched down the auction line on a wooden platform hauled by a pickup.

Event organizers said an estimated 10,000 people travelled from as far as Norway and Brazil to see the sale in person, and more than 3,800 had registered online to bid at an auction website by mid-day Saturday.

The auction of more than 500 old cars and pickups was expected to continue on Sunday. Organizers said they hadn’t yet totalled the bids for the roughly 50 most high-profile, low-mileage classic cars and trucks, which were auctioned on Saturday. As of midday, six of the most valuable models had sold for a combined $545,000.

The collection belonged to Ray Lambrecht and his wife, Mildred, who ran a Chevrolet dealership in downtown Pierce for five decades before retiring in 1996. Unlike most dealers, Ray Lambrecht stashed many of his unsold cars in a warehouse, at his farm and other spots around town if they didn’t sell in the first year.

The first vehicle sold — a sky-blue, 1958 Chevy Cameo pickup driven 1.3 miles (2.1 kilometres) — secured the largest bid at $140,000. Another bidder spent $97,500 on a red and white 1963 Impala with 11.4 miles (18.4 kilometres) on its odometer, the manufacturer’s plastic on the seat and a yellow typewritten window sticker displaying its original price: $3,254.70.

Lyle Buckhouse, a retired farmer from Hankerson, North Dakota, poked his head Saturday into a 1963 Chevy Corvair with 17.2 miles (27.7 kilometres) on the odometer. Moments later, the self-proclaimed “Corvair guy” was hunting eagerly for the bidder-registration tent.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Buckhouse said. “That’s why I came down here. You just don’t know what you’re going to see.”

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Bob Esler, the owner of Bob’s Garage in Westfield, Indiana, bought a four-door 1964 Bel Air station wagon for $30,000. The car had 326 miles (525 kilometres).

“This is one of the cars that I had my eyes on,” Esler said, as he leaned against his new purchase. “I want to use it to haul all of my customers around.”

“How are you getting it back home?” a friend asked.

Esler shrugged. “I haven’t figured that out yet,” he said.

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Preparations for the two-day auction began in June. VanDerBrink, the auctioneer, said she took calls from as far as Iceland, Singapore and Brazil before the event.

The two least-driven cars, a 1959 Bel Air and a 1960 Corvair Monza, had one mile (1.6 kilometres) on their odometers. The oldest vehicle with fewer than 20 miles (32 kilometres) dates to 1958; the newest is a 1980 Monza with nine miles (14.5 kilometres).

Some bidders used the auction to hunt for rare parts for their collector cars and trucks, while others came to watch the spectacle.

Ray Lambrecht opened the downtown dealership with his uncle in 1946, on the corner of Main Street and Nebraska Highway 13. The U.S. Army veteran quickly established himself as an unusual salesman: He gave his lowest price up front, without negotiation, and encouraged hagglers to try to find a better deal elsewhere.

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The most valuable vehicles were stored for decades at a nearby warehouse, until a heavy snow collapsed the roof. Some were damaged, but many were saved and moved elsewhere. The models at the dealership were among the best preserved, even as the building gave way to bats and holes in the roof.

Ray and his wife, Mildred, retired in 1996. Ray, 95, and Mildred, 92, still live in Pierce, but their health has declined. They decided to sell the collection so others could enjoy the cars and pickups, said their daughter, Jeannie Stillwell, who lives in Florida.

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Aerial photograph of the Snetterton circuit

Adam Gretton
Monday, September 30, 2013
8:57 AM

An investigation has been launched after a driver died following a crash during a classic car festival at a Norfolk race track.

Tragedy struck at Snetterton Circuit on Sunday morning after the driver of a 1920s sports car crashed during a practice session at the Vintage Sports Car Festival.

The driver of a Bugatti T35B car was involved in a collision with another vehicle while on the home straight at the race track and crashed into a barrier at about 10.30am.

The man in his 60s, who is believed to be from the south west of England, was thrown out of his open-topped car as a result of the force of the collision.

Paramedics were called to treat the man, who had severe injuries. He was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

It is understood that the driver of the classic Bugatti, who was an experienced racer, struck the rear of another vehicle while on the famous Senna Straight and lost control of his car.

Snetterton Circuit was closed for more than two hours following the collision, which delayed yesterday’s racing schedule.

A spokesman for Norfolk Police said the force was informed of the crash just after midday and traffic officers attended. However, because the crash was not on a public highway, it would be investigated by the Health and Safety Executive or the council.

The police spokesman added that a report into the fatality was set to be sent to the Norfolk coroner’s office.

No-one was available for comment at Snetterton Circuit last night.

Thousands of spectators attended the Vintage Sports Car Festival yesterday following the success of its inaugural event last year.

The 12-race schedule included a race of pre-war racing cars as well as 1950s sports racing cars and 500cc F3 cars.

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    Where: Pierce, Neb.

    When: 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Gates open by 7 a.m. Open to public. Free admission.

    Preview: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday

    Parking: 13 sites around town; shuttle stops at five locations

    Online bidding and viewing: proxibid.com

    For more information: vanderbrinkauctions.com

    Check Omaha.com for more coverage of the auction this weekend.

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    It was 1958 and Elvis Presley, the king of rock ‘n’ roll, was an Army private.

    Explorer 1, the first successful American satellite, was launched into orbit.

    And at a Chevrolet manufacturing plant somewhere in the United States, a Cameo pickup truck rolled off an assembly line and ended up at small-town dealership in northeast Nebraska.

    No one test drove the turquoise pickup with a black roof. No one bought it. Today, plastic still covers the bench seat. The floor mat is rolled up behind the seat. Its odometer is unchanged, at 1.3 miles.

    Later this week the pickup will be the first of about 500 vehicles sold at a two-day public auction in Pierce, Neb., that has generated enough international buzz to jump-start retro crew cuts as a hairstyle trend.

    The 55-year-old Cameo is one of at least 30 vintage Chevys from the 1950s and ’60s that will be sold as new cars because they have never been titled and still carry the manufacturer’s statement of origin.

    The vehicles are leftovers from Ray and Mildred Lambrecht’s Chevrolet dealership in Pierce. When the Lambrechts, now in their 90s, retired nearly two decades ago, hundreds of unsold new and used vehicles were left behind. Now they will be sold.

    Auctioneer Yvette VanDerBrink of Hardwick, Minn., said that to say the collection and the international interest is quite unusual would be an understatement.

    “It was Ray’s business model not to sell trade-ins and to keep his inventory,” she said. “That’s what makes this so unique. Where else can you go and buy a 1965 Chevrolet Impala new in 2013? It’s amazing.”

    The auction will be conducted in an 80-acre oat field adjacent to the Pierce golf course. No one knows how many people will turn out in the community of 1,755 residents. Estimates range from several thousand to 20,000. Pierce is 15 miles north of Norfolk, a city 110 miles northwest of Omaha.

    Norfolk’s 650 motel rooms have been sold out for months. “No vacancy” signs are lighted in the regional communities of Columbus, Madison, Wayne, West Point and Wisner in Nebraska and in Yankton, S.D.

    The Lambrecht vehicles are in all conditions from nice to not so nice. Most have been outside over the years. Many will be valuable for parts and as restoration projects, VanDerBrink said.

    Saturday’s sale will start with Chevrolet advertising materials, parts and books before launching into many of the “new” cars, such as the ’58 Cameo. Sunday’s lineup will include more parts, tools and project and parts cars. All inventory will be sold.

    The collection will be available for viewing Friday, with certain rules.

    “No sitting in vehicles, no slamming hoods, doors,” VanDerBrink said. “It’s OK to look under, in and around.”

    VanDerBrink purposely selected the ultra-low-mileage six-cylinder Cameo with original tires and belts as the first vehicle to sell.

    “Then the losing bidders will still have money to buy something else.”

    • This 1958 Chevy Cameo pickup, with an odometer showing 1.3 miles, was sold at the Lambrecht Chevrolet auction in Pierce Neb., for $140,000 Saturday. The rare truck fetched the top price at the auction of more than 500 vintage vehicles.

    • Buyers and spectators gather around a 1959 Impala as an auctioneer calls out bids for classic cars and trucks being sold at the Lambrecht family farm Saturday, Sept. 28, in Pierce, Nebraska.

    • A photo from Aug. 12 shows vintage Chevrolet sedans lined up in a field near the former Lambrecht Chevrolet car dealership in Pierce, Neb. In September, bidders from at least a dozen countries and all 50 U.S. states converged on Pierce for a two-day auction of about 500 old cars and trucks.

    • Car buffs look over Chevrolet vehicles during a preview Friday for an auction of vintage cars and trucks from the former Lambrecht Chevrolet dealership in Pierce, Nebraska.

    • A family photo provided by Jeannie Stillwell, daughter of car dealership owner Ray Lambrecht, shows Mildred Lambrecht, Ray's wife, and their son Mark in a brand new 1953 Corvette, in front of the dealership.

    • A file photo from August shows some of the cars that had been stored in the old showroom of the former Lambrecht Chevrolet dealership. At this weekend's auction, several of the previously unsold vehicles will come with their original paperwork and a new Nebraska title and bill of sale.

    • Car buffs look at a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air four-door sedan during a preview for an auction of vintage cars and trucks from the former Lambrecht Chevrolet dealership Friday.

    • The trunks of Chevrolet sedans are open for Friday's preview before an auction of vintage cars and trucks from the former Lambrecht Chevrolet dealership.

    A car auction unlike any other is going on this weekend in Pierce, Neb., where hundreds of cars that were stockpiled by a Chevrolet dealer are finally being sold — many for the first time. The Lambrecht Chevrolet collection stretches back to the 1950s and has drawn bids and interest from around the world.

    “Thousands of people — ranging from serious bidders to barbecue eaters — are pouring into this rural county seat town of nearly 1,800 people” to bid on cars, or just to see what the fuss is about, reports The Omaha World Herald.

    The vehicles include trucks, sedans, and sports cars — some of them with only a couple of miles on their odometer. They’re a mix of models that never sold and trade-ins that the dealership’s owner, Ray Lambrecht, decided not to sell. About 25 were stored indoors; others were left to face the elements in a field near the Lambrecht family’s home.

    More than ten thousand people have descended on Pierce (pop. 1,700) this weekend, poking around in that field to check out “survivor” cars that are being called a time capsule of U.S. automotive history.

    “Finding cars in this condition is unheard of. It’s the holy grail for collectors,” Ryan Robertson reported for NPR earlier this month. “Some cars still have the plastic on the seats and the price sticker on the window. The old Impala would have sold for about $3,000 in 1964. It could now be worth 40 times that.”

    The auction has been tracked by television’s Top Gear show and the History Channel. It’s also online. Here are the four vehicles that fetched the highest prices Saturday:

    • 1958 Chevrolet Cameo pickup truck with 1.3 miles: $140,000
    • 1963 Chevrolet Impala with 11 miles: $97,500
    • 1978 Corvette Indy pace car with 4 miles: $80,000
    • 1958 Chevrolet Apache 31 Series Pickup (5 miles): $80,000

    Almost all of those vehicles come with their original paperwork and a new Nebraska title and bill of sale. The Cameo pickup’s transmission is a “three on the tree,” with its shifter located on the steering column.

    For long-time Pierce residents like Lyle Ven­teicher, the auction brought back memories of the thrill of seeing new models of cars hit the showroom.

    “Several of us guys would walk the four or five blocks from the high school to the dealership during our lunch hour to check out the new Chevys,” he tells The Omaha World Herald. “My grandpa had a light blue ’64 Impala. I thought it was the prettiest car ever built.”

    PIERCE, Nebraska — The cars from the Lambrecht Chevrolet Dealership will be sold at auction this weekend.

    When Ray Lambrecht, who ran the dealership with his wife Mildred for 50 years, would get in a new model year car he would put any unsold cars from the previous model year into storage along with any used car trade-ins that remained at the dealership for too long. Many were stored outdoors on the farm.

    These leftover cars along with dealership memorabilia will be sold at the auction. Many of his 500 cars being offered at the auction have never been titled and have less than 20 miles on them.

    An estimated 10,000 to 12,000 car enthusiasts from around the world are expected in Pierce, a town with a population of 1,700, for the auction.

    Bidders from about a dozen countries have already started the bidding at Proxibid.com.

    Click here for the slideshow.

    Many of the cars up for auction were put in storage, leaving them in near-mint condition. Others, like this one in the foreground, were stored outside at the Lambrecht family farm.



    1959 Chevrolet Bel Air sedan  Photo by: VanDerBrink Auctions

    This 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air sedan has been stored inside, but does not run. Photo by VanDerBrink Auctions.

    1956 Chevrolet Bel Air sedan  Photo by: VanDerBrink Auctions

    This 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air sedan is one of the less-patinated cars in the sale, and should be easy to get running. Photo by VanDerBrink Auctions.

    1959 Chevrolet Bel Air sedan Photo by: VanDerBrink Auctions

    On the opposite side of the preservation spectrum, though not at the very end of that spectrum, rests this 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air sedan. Photo by VanDerBrink Auctions.

    1959 Chevrolet Bel Air four-door hardtop Photo by: VanDerBrink Auctions

    This 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air four-door hardtop is in the top tier among the field-stored cars, but will require more than a cleaning and a new battery. Photo by VanDerBrink Auctions.

    1959 Chevrolet Bel Air four-door hardtop Photo by: VanDerBrink Auctions

    There will be a wide selection of Bel Air sedans from the late 1950s, obviously. Photo by VanDerBrink Auctions.

    1962 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop Photo by: VanDerBrink Auctions

    Just gas it up and go! Not quite. Photo by VanDerBrink Auctions.

    1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Photo by: VanDerBrink Auctions

    Apparently this 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza didn’t find a home the first time around. Either that or Ray Lambrecht just wanted to keep this one. Photo by VanDerBrink Auctions.

    1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monza Photo by: VanDerBrink Auctions

    There will be several 1963 Chevrolet Corvair Monzas to choose from, just pick your favorite color. Photo by VanDerBrink Auctions.

    1964 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop Photo by: VanDerBrink Auctions

    One of the headline cars of the sale is this 1964 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop. Photo by VanDerBrink Auctions.

    1965 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop Photo by: VanDerBrink Auctions

    This 1965 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop appears complete, and should be easy to get running. Photo by VanDerBrink Auctions.

    1965 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop Photo by: VanDerBrink Auctions

    Another 1965 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop, in approximately the same condition as the the light blue one. Photo by VanDerBrink Auctions.

    1966 Chevrolet Bel Air four-door sedan Photo by: VanDerBrink Auctions

    This 1966 Chevrolet Bel Air four-door sedan appears ready to run, but it’ll still require some sorting. Photo by VanDerBrink Auctions.

    1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS  Photo by: VanDerBrink Auctions

    One of the few true muscle cars of the auction. Photo by VanDerBrink Auctions.

    1977 Chevrolet Vega Photo by: VanDerBrink Auctions

    Nobody will be laughing when the hammer falls. Photo by VanDerBrink Auctions.

    1963 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop Photo by: VanDerBrink Auctions

    This 1963 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop has sat inside the dealership. Photo by VanDerBrink Auctions.

    The Lambrecht Chevrolet auction begins bright and early tomorrow, and we’ll be covering this historic sale from beginning to end. Pre-bidding on the best cars has already exceeded what new Chevrolets typically go for, and this is before any of them have even been started. Day one of the auction is loaded with the cream of the crop, with the headline cars scheduled to go in quick succession. Among other things, this means that the underbidders won’t get a chance to cool off, and will be tempted to blurt out higher figures on their second- and third-choice cars. But there will be plenty of action throughout the weekend, and the entire car-collecting world will be watching this sale.

    Even though the sale has already generated a buzz bigger than anything within the last five years when it comes to sell-offs of large caches of barn- and field-stored cars, there will be a lot of realistic bidders here collecting parts cars for their restoration businesses.

    This will be one of those auctions where it makes sense for the actual buyers to inspect the cars themselves, rather than thumbing through a glossy book smelling of high-quality German ink mailed out by the auction house and letting their proxies do the bidding on auction day. Even though the auction house has done a good job of presenting the lots in the online auction, the very nature of these cars demands an up-close inspection if any serious money is to trade hands. There are definitely some less-than-serious lots here, such as late-’70s compact hatches that have been sitting in a field, but the cream of the crop definitely deserves a first-hand look, even if just to try to remember the smell of cars that haven’t been touched in 40 years. Our auction reporting won’t be coming to you in Smell-O-Vision (Sony is still working on that), but even if you won’t be attending the sale, we’ll give you a complete rundown of all the important cars…and some less-than-important cars.

    A few days ago we took a look at some of the trucks in the upcoming Lambrecht sale. With just hours left to go before the auction starts, let’s take a look at some of the sedans and coupes that’ll be sold in the next couple days.

    1964 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop at Lambrecht Chevrolet
    VanDerBrink Auctions

    One of the most watched cars of the sale will be this 1964 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop.

    One of the headliners of the sale is undoubtedly this 1964 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop. A 327 V8 with a three-speed manual transmission on the column, this car has just 4 miles on the odometer. This example sat in the dealership window for years, and is therefore an excellent candidate for a restoration. This car does not run, which should surprise no one, and the auction house will make no effort to make it run. This car is in the very top tier when it comes to condition, so it’ll attract top dollar. This is lot #1L and it’s scheduled to be offered for sale on the first day. With one day to go before the sale, pre-bidding has already topped $31,000.

    1963 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop at Lambrecht Chevrolet
    VanDerBrink Auctions

    This 1963 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop has sat inside the dealership.

    Another headliner of the sale is this 1963 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop. This one has just 11 miles on the odometer, and its 327 V8 is paired with an automatic transmission. The interior is red cloth over a vinyl bench seat, and even though this car was stored inside the dealership like lot #1L above, its windshield has turned opaque due to the dust and grime. This one does not run either, and is stated to be complete. The major cosmetic issues here consist mainly of paint degradation from birdbombs in the trunk area. The carpets for the interior are still in the trunk and are said to be new. As with lot #1L above, the auction house won’t make an attempt to start this car, which is a wise thing with any sale of this kind. There’s just enough air in the tires of this example for it to move around, so the winning bidder should be able to take delivery without too much hassle.

    1959 Chevrolet Bel Air sedan at Lambrecht Chevrolet
    VanDerBrink Auctions

    On the opposite side of the preservation spectrum, though not at the very end of that spectrum, rests this 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air sedan.

    Here’s a good starting point for a restoration. Not just because it would be a shame to keep it as-is, but because it has 1 mile on the odometer, and because the parts that it needs would be easy to source. This 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air sedan is now faded green with some surface rust, and even though some trim is missing it does appear largely complete. The plastic is still on the seats and paper covers remain on the sun visors. The interior of this example is going to need some attention, but these are not expensive cars to make right. Not a basket case, but a good project that should be pretty straightforward. The biggest question is: Would you drive it afterwards? We certainly would, especially after the five-figure restoration, if only to find out how a V8 two-speed automatic feels. This lot is scheduled to run on Saturday.

    1959 Chevrolet Bel Air sedan with 34K miles on the clock
    VanDerBrink Auctions

    This 1959 Chevrolet Bel Air sedan has been stored inside, but does not run.

    The doppelganger of the lot above is this relatively nicer example with 34,279 miles on the clock. The mileage doesn’t change the fact that this example doesn’t run, but it is reported to be complete, and it was actually stored inside. This would would be relatively easy to get running, and if there is no surface rust, the paint could be kept as is. The only downside is that you’ll have to explain to people at car shows that even though this is a Lambrecht Chevrolet, you weren’t the person who put 34,279 miles on the car after buying it in 2013. This is one of the nicer cars in the sale, and its mileage will make buyers bid with confidence, knowing that they’ll be able to drive it without the need to explain themselves. This is lot #3L, scheduled to run on the first day of the auction.

    1956 Chevrolet Bel Air sedan at Lambrecht Chevrolet
    VanDerBrink Auctions

    This 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air sedan is one of the, ahem, less-patinated cars in the sale, and should be easy to get running.

    Another solid bet for a straightforward restoration without the subsequent philosophical debate over whether you should drive this car is this 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air four-door hardtop. This one’s got 50,220 miles on it, and is perhaps something that Ray Lambrecht took in as a trade. It has white-and-black cloth over vinyl seats, and is a six-cylinder automatic. This one reportedly does not run, but its needs appear modest. Another great car that could be ready to drive in time for spring. This is lot #10L, and it will be sold on the first day of the auction.

    About the Lambrecht Chevrolet Auction

    On Sept. 28-29 roughly 500 “new old” cars from Lambrecht Chevrolet in Pierce, Neb., will go across the auction block. Autoweek will be in Pierce, Neb., to cover the sale and to preserve a sample of the dust on the dealership floor for scientific study. Check out our Lambrecht Chevrolet Auction page for all our past updates and complete coverage from the auction, or follow us on Twitter @autoweekusa or Facebook.

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    1965 Studebaker Commander  Photo by: Jay Ramey

    This rare Studebaker Commander sedan hails from 1965. Photo by Jay Ramey.

    AC Shelby Cobra barn find Photo by: Jay Ramey

    This AC Shelby Cobra is a barn find from 2010. Photo by Jay Ramey.

    Buick Grand National Photo by: Jay Ramey

    This was a sharp Grand National that we saw in 2011. Photo by Jay Ramey.

    Chevrolet Corvette Photo by: Jay Ramey

    One of several classic Corvettes we saw in previous years at this event. Photo by Jay Ramey.

    1964 Chrysler New Yorker  Photo by: Jay Ramey

    Not a car we see often, to put it mildly. Photo by Jay Ramey.

    Ford Fairlane convertible Photo by: Jay Ramey

    One of a couple sharp Ford Fairlane convertibles we saw in 2011. Photo by Jay Ramey.

    Jeep Grand Wagoneer  Photo by: Jay Ramey

    An excellent Jeep Grand Wagoneer that we saw at this event in 2011. Photo by Jay Ramey.

    Mercury Cougar Photo by: Jay Ramey

    This was one of several Mercury Cougars we’ve seen at Fort Adams in the Fall. Photo by Jay Ramey.

    MG MGB GT  Photo by: Jay Ramey

    Plenty of British cars turn out for the event. Photo by Jay Ramey.

    Chevrolet Bel Air convertible Photo by: Jay Ramey

    This Bel Air was in excellent condition inside and out. Photo by Jay Ramey.

    Chevrolet Corvair  wagon  Photo by: Jay Ramey

    One of a couple dozen Corvairs that showed up in 2011. Photo by Jay Ramey.

    Chrysler 300G  Photo by: Jay Ramey

    This Chrysler 300G was in concours condition. Photo by Jay Ramey.

    Daimler SP250 Dart Photo by: Jay Ramey

    One of the rarer British cars at the event. Photo by Jay Ramey.

    Dodge Charger  Photo by: Jay Ramey

    Plenty of muscle cars were also on the field. Photo by Jay Ramey.

    Ford Mustang Mach 1 Photo by: Jay Ramey

    This was one of our favorite muscle cars from the 2011 edition of the show. Photo by Jay Ramey.

    Lincoln Continental Bill Blass Edition Photo by: Jay Ramey

    When was the last time you saw a Bill Blass Edition Lincoln Continental? Photo by Jay Ramey.

    Mercedes-Benz 280SL cabrio  Photo by: Jay Ramey

    German classics also turned out for the show. Photo by Jay Ramey.

    1965 Plymouth Valiant Coupe Photo by: Jay Ramey

    This Plymouth Valiant Coupe was low key, but appeared original. Photo by Jay Ramey.

    Plymouth Sport Suburban Photo by: Jay Ramey

    Now here’s a wagon we don’t see anymore, a Plymouth Sport Suburban. Photo by Jay Ramey.

    This Sunday, the city of Newport, R.I., will host its annual Fort Adams in the Fall classic car event, located right in the old fort. Every year, the event brings out more than 200 cars from across New England, and they all gather on the lawns overlooking Narragansett Bay. Classic American iron is what this show does best, and in previous years we’ve seen plenty of concours-grade machines that we would be lucky to find at single-marque events at Carlisle, Penn.

    One of our favorite features of this show is the location right outside the historic fort, which dates back to the 1790s and was, at one point, commanded by Brigadier General Franklin Pierce, later elected president. The fort now exists in a somewhat preserved rather than restored state — organizers don’t stop showgoers from climbing up on the two-story roof of the pentagonal structure, which is several hundred yards wide. A few years ago, the fort served as the venue of the very last Newport Concours d’Elegance, which has since folded following a last-minute cancellation in 2012. But the cars that we saw at the Fort Adams in the Fall event were even more interesting than those during the last year of Newport Concours.

    Let’s take a look at some of the highlights from previous years.

    1965 Studebaker Commander at fort adams in the fall
    Jay Ramey

    This rare Studebaker Commander sedan hails from 1965.

    Chances are, you don’t see a lot of Studebaker Commander sedans in your neighborhood. This particular example is from 1965 and is probably the only one in Rhode Island. These have some interesting styling elements that were not really present on any other American cars of the time, like the small, nearly rectangular taillights. This example was brought to the show by owner Rick Roland.

    AC Shelby Cobra barn find at Fort Adams in 2011
    Jay Ramey

    This AC Shelby Cobra is a barn find from 2010.

    One car that really stood out in 2011 was this original, unrestored AC Shelby Cobra 289 from 1962. A barn find that saw the road again in 2010, this car appeared at the Canadian International Autoshow in Toronto the same year. A pretty impressive barn find with wonderful patina, and we’re hoping that it never sees a repaint.

    Daimler SP250 Dart at fort adams in 2011
    Jay Ramey

    One of the rarer British cars at the event.

    A solid selection of British cars was also on hand, and one of the most striking cars we saw was this Daimler SP250. This one first appeared at the 1959 New York Auto Show, and the U.S. ended up being the biggest export market for the car.

    Chrysler 300G at fort adams in 2011
    Jay Ramey

    This Chrysler 300G was in concours condition.

    Classic American cars are what this event is famous for, and one of our favorites from 2011 was this Chrysler 300G, driven to the show by owner Don Verity.

    Plymouth Sport Suburban station wagon at fort adams in 2011
    Jay Ramey

    Now here’s a wagon we don’t see anymore, a Plymouth Sport Suburban.

    Here’s another rare American car, but rare for different reasons than the Chrysler 300G above. This Plymouth Sport Suburban from 1959 was once relatively commonplace, but it was largely extinct by the 1970s. This was one of the best surprises of the show back in 2011, and it attracted quite a bit of attention from showgoers.

    Lincoln Continental Bill Blass Edition at fort adams in 2011
    Jay Ramey

    When was the last time you saw a Bill Blass Edition Lincoln Continental?

    Here’s a Lincoln Continental that we’re betting you haven’t seen in years: A Bill Blass Edition. The 1970s and the 1980s saw a lot of designer-edition Lincolns, but interest in them waned by the end of the 1980s. The owner of this car gets bonus points for the Reagan bumper sticker.

    Chevrolet Corvair wagon at fort adams in 2011
    Jay Ramey

    One of a couple dozen Corvairs that showed up in 2011.

    A great number of Chevrolet Corvairs showed up in 2011, and this was one of the best that we saw. Seemingly every body style of the Corvair was represented, including the Greenbrier van.

    1965 Plymouth Valiant Coupe at Fort Adams in 2011
    Jay Ramey

    This Plymouth Valiant Coupe was low key but appeared original.

    Here’s a wonderful Plymouth Valiant Coupe from 1965 that we saw at the 2011 edition of Fort Adams in the Fall, wearing dog-dish hubcaps. This one appeared to be in concours-condition throughout.

    Click here to visit the event website for driving direction and show schedule.

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    Short of getting Doc Brown to give you seat-time in his DeLorean, this could be the only chance to get your hands on a virtually new classic Chevrolet.

    Several months ago, the News wrote about the Lambrecht auto auction which, on September 28-29, will see hundreds of classic cars and trucks find new homes.

    Set to take place in Pierce, Nebraska, the auction is selling the inventory collected by Ray and Mildred Lambrecht. The married couple ran the Lambrecht Chevrolet dealership in Pierce for decades and, apparently, they had a penchant for keeping some cars off the road and in storage.

    PHOTOS: LAMBRECHT AUTO AUCTION: CLASSIC CHEVROLETS ON SALE IN PIERCE, NE.

    The Lambrecht auction is an extremely rare chance to own a 'new' classic Chevrolet.

    VanDerBrink Auctions

    The Lambrecht auction is an extremely rare chance to own a ‘new’ classic Chevrolet.

    In total, about 500 vehicles are going to be sold over the two day event. Now only days away, interest in the sale has exceeded all expectations.

    “It has been fun and amazing how people from all over the world are embracing the story of the Lambrecht collection,” said Yvette VanDerBrink, whose auction house is handling the sale.

    VanDerBrink previously referred to the ultra-low-mileage vehicles as “the belles of the ball,” and this has held true as the auction draws close.

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    This 1958 Chevrolet pickup has only one mile showing on its odometer!

    VanDerBrink Auctions

    This 1958 Chevrolet pickup has only one mile showing on its odometer!

    One of her favorites – and certainly one of the auction’s main attractions – is a blue 1958 Chevrolet pickup truck showing only one mile on its odometer.

    The vehicles date from nearly every era, stretching from the 1930s up to the early-1980s.

    While none are exactly what you’d call priceless classics – most were fairly mundane vehicles when they were new – it’s the untouched nature of certain models that could send values through the roof. 

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    Some of the Lambrecht cars are going to need more TLC than others.

    VanDerBrink Auctions

    Some of the Lambrecht cars are going to need more TLC than others.

    A vast supply of spare parts and sales brochures will also be sold – in case you don’t have the garage space for a something like a mid-1960s Chevy Impala sedan.

    Unfortunately, as interest in the sale has grown, so have a number of online rumors about the cars being pre-sold or the auction being canceled.

    One of the most serious allegations is that many vehicles, including the time-capsule-condition headliners, are being sold prior to the auction.

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    Yvette VanDerBrink says this is completely inaccurate and absolutely not true.

    We’ll be sure to re-visit the Lambrecht collection, for an update about which cars were the stars once the auction gavel fell on winning bids.

    The video below takes you on a preview of the collection, and some of the dusty classics set to be auctioned in Pierce, Nebraska, on September 28-29.