The crowds returned to the field of cars, or “field of dreams” as many called it, for Day 2 of the historic Lambrecht Chevrolet sale. While Day 1 saw many delivery-mileage MSO cars sell for record prices, including the 1958 Chevrolet Cameo that brought $140,000 and the 1978 Chevrolet Corvette Indy pace car that went home for $80,000, Day 2 was primarily about project cars in the $2,000-$10,000 range.
As cars sold on Day 1 were being loaded up, the auctioneers returned to the flatbed trailer towed by a pickup, and over the course of the next few hours made their way around the rows of hundreds of cars remaining, with crowds of bidders following them. And just like on Day 1, there were plenty of bidders who came a long way to bid on the cars. We saw people from far away as Germany, Sweden, and Australia; we saw license plates on cars in parking lots from just about everywhere in the lower 48.
While Day 1 was about established collectors getting that still-untitled MSO car that merely had a bunch of dust on the exterior, Day 2 was all about affordable project cars that could be taken home for a song. Well, almost a song. Here are the top five sales from Day 2 of the Lambrecht Chevrolet auction.
1964 Chevrolet C10 pickup at lambrecht chevrolet VanDerBrink Auctions
The top sale on Day Two was this 1964 Chevrolet C10 pickup.
A 1964 Chevrolet C10 pickup with just 3 miles on it brought $27,000. Listed as lot #219L, this was a rather basic C10, and here it didn’t even come with a bed. The green vinyl interior seemed complete, but will require some attention if the truck is to be restored. The engine in this example was a six cylinder, with a floor-mounted manual transmission. This one seems to have fared more poorly than most other delivery-mileage cars and trucks, with plenty of surface rust throughout and an interior that will need some work. Before and after this lot ran, there was talk in the crowd about whether this example will be restored and driven. The sad cosmetic state of this example and its low mileage made most say that it will likely be restored, notwithstanding the high price paid. There were definitely some cleaner trucks from this year, and the varying conditions of trucks from the sale year could be explained by the different places on the field, or rather woods, where they were kept. Once again, most of these didn’t sit in an open field all these years, but in the woods just a few hundred yards away. The woods had been cleared to move the cars into the open field specially prepared for the auction.
1966 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop at lambrecht chevrolet VanDerBrink Auctions
The second highest sale of Day Two was this 1966 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop.
The second highest sale of Day 2 was not a truck, but rather this 1966 Chevrolet Impala two-door hardtop with 6,549 miles on it, which brought $15,500. Listed as lot #390L, this was a relatively low-interest car, so even the auctioneers seemed surprised when the bidding crested the $12,000 mark. The mileage here was the key to the success of this lot, as was the presence of a V8 with a three-speed transmission underhood. Despite the fact that the paint had effectively rusted off, and that the interior will likely need to be replaced, this lot presented rather well and seemed complete.
1956 Chevrolet Bel Air two-door sedan at lambrecht chevrolet VanDerBrink Auctions
The third highest sale was this 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air two-door sedan.
The third highest sale of the auction was this yellow (yes, yellow) and black 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air two-door sedan with 72,477 miles on the clock, listed as lot #354L. A six-cylinder example with an automatic transmission that appeared to have sat outside most of its life; this car nevertheless seemed complete. Trim was peeling in places and there was rust on the lower body, but even the windshield wipers were still there. The interior on this example looked like it needed to be replaced, but there was plenty of interest in this car and the rarity of this combo made the price paid understandable. This example brought $14,500, and it will undoubtedly be restored.
1959 Chevrolet Biscayne two-door sedan at lambrecht chevrolet VanDerBrink Auctions
This 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne two-door sedan was the fourth highest sale of the auction.
The fourth highest sale of the auction was this 1959 Chevrolet Biscayne two-door sedan with 25,112 miles. This one had a six-cylinder engine underhood, mated to a three-speed manual transmission on the column. This one was towards the bottom half of the condition spectrum, and it wasn’t clear whether any of the two-tone green interior was likely to be saved. This was a bit of a rare spec for classic 1959 Biscaynes living in the 21st century, so this car brought some strong interest from bidders. There were a couple other 1959 Biscaynes sold on Day 2 in approximately the same or worse shape, but the completeness of this example and its “restorable” mileage meant that this was going to be a project car for someone. Lot #364L, this Biscayne brought $12,500, and it sounded like quite a few people in the crowd surrounding the slowly moving auctioneer truck were surprised. There were bargains to be had as far as Biscaynes were concerned, but we’re sure it was the completeness of this example that really fired up the bidders.
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle four-door hardtop at lambrecht chevrolet VanDerBrink Auctions
This 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle four-door hardtop was the fifth highest lot in the sale.
The fifth highest sale of Day 2 was this relatively fresh-looking 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle four-door sedan. A V8 example with an automatic transmission, this one seemed complete, though it wore some rust and some body damage. This one was still on the original MSO, but had been kept outside. This lot sold for $11,250, owing to being on its MSO. The catalog mentioned that this was a new car, though its miles were not announced. The interior seemed salvageable, and the car had good eyeball for its condition. This should be a pretty straightforward restoration, if the winning bidder chooses to restore it.