In this tale of buried treasure for classic car collectors, a small-town car dealership in Nebraska is the X that marks the spot.
A Chevrolet dealership that opened in 1946 and closed 17 years ago because its owners retired, will open its doors again to auction off the nearly 500 “brand new” and used Chevys from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s that have been sitting undriven in the abandoned dealership building or off-site storage facilities for decades, messynessychic.com reports.
Although covered in a thick layer of dust and dirt, some of the classics still have manufacturer window stickers, plastic covering the seats and just a few miles on their odometers, frozen in time after they were delivered from the manufacturer when they were fresh off the assembly line. These classics will likely need some restoration work, but because these cars have all original manufacturer parts, they’re rare and sure to find eager buyers.
The husband and wife team, Ray and Mildred Lambrecht, now in their 90s, who owned the Lambrecht Chevrolet Company, will liquidate the “survivor vehicles” via VanDerBrink Auctions on Sept. 28 and 29, 2013 in Pierce, Neb.
Some of the classics on a long list up for sale include Chevelles, Corvairs, a 1978 Corvette, a 1964 Impala and a 1958 Cameo Pickup (with just one mile on the odometer!).
In 1946, when the dealership first opened, the Chevys were sold for $600 to $800.
“The collection of over 500 true survivor vehicles comprise a lifetime of hard work, tears, and joy for both of my parents. The dealership today is a virtual time capsule that will be opened and all contents will be sold at auction,” said Jeannie Lambrecht Stillwell, Ray and Mildred Lambrecht’s daughter, in a statement. “Looking back at the history of Lambrecht Chevrolet, my parents have no regrets, and are proud of the thousands of new cars and trucks they sold to many generations of happy customers. They hope that these rare collectible vehicles will now be the source of joy and inspiration for car enthusiasts everywhere.”
Watch the video below to see some of the inventory for sale, and see here for a full list of inventory.
As part of its continued expansion in the B.C. market, the Dilawri Group of Companies has acquired another dealership on the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Honda, located at 850 SW Marine Drive in Canada’s third largest city. The recent takeover now makes the Dilawri Group the largest independent Honda retailer in Canada, with a total of six Honda dealerships across the country. Vancouver Honda is one of five new car dealerships the company is adding to its expanding group this year, with plans to open more by 2014.
“We see this as an exciting opportunity to extend the successful partnership the Dilawri Group already has with Honda Canada nationally,” remarked Christian Dubois, Regional Operations Manager, Dilawri Group of Companies. “Our goal is to take Vancouver Honda to the next level while increasing our market share by representing one of the world’s largest automotive brands.”
The 50,000 sq.ft, three-storey sales and service centre will undergo minor renovations to improve efficiencies and make room for more new and pre-owned inventory. Over the next few months, the company will launch an aggressive marketing campaign to re-launch the dealership as the new Vancouver Honda, through both traditional and online advertising channels.
Vancouver Honda first opened for business in 1985 and was acquired by Marine Drive Imports in 1988. The company remained the owner and operator of this location for 25 years. Currently, the dealership employs approximately 40 sales and service managers and staff, including Jeff Corrigan, general manager (formerly of Acura of Langley); Basil Wong, pre-owned sales manager; Allan Lal, parts manager and Craig Propp, service manager.
In Vancouver recently, MCL Motor Cars and the Dilawri Group of Companies hosted more than 200 guests at the Shangri-La Hotel for the exclusive launch of one of the world’s most luxurious cars — the 2014 Bentley Flying Spur. Ajay Dilawri, president of the Dilawri Group of Companies; Dean Rideout, general sales manager, MCL Motor Cars; and Kim Airey, director of sales and operations for Bentley Motors North America officiated the elegant affair with a ceremonial champagne sabering and toast to Bentley’s latest model.
To commemorate the founding of Bentley Motors back in 1919, the event had an understated Great Gatsby-esque theme, with influences evident in the venue’s decor and entertainment. Guests were treated to an impressive performance by five-year-old local piano protégé, Isabelle XinYi Wang, who performed at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall earlier this year. Jazz vocalist, Chad Clark (also general manager at Hawksworth Restaurant) performed, as did the Max Zipursky Trio.
Since the launch, MCL Motor Cars has reported an impressive number of orders for the new Flying Spur but it will be September before those lucky Vancouverites get to take their new high-end vehicles for a spin.
Vancouver used chevy dealers offer a lot more variety than you’ll find just about anywhere else. Thanks to the fact that the Lower Mainland is not just a well populated area, but also the destination point for many, used vehicles abound. For many searching for used cars, Vancouver Island dealerships come up short and it is often worth the extra fee to travel to the mainland and bring a vehicle back on the ferry, in order to find just what you want.
Not all used Chevys are the same, so it stands to reason that the more you have access to, the better your chances of finding that perfect vehicle. Vancouver used Chevy dealers offer a nice variety of cars and tend to be more extensive than those in smaller cities like Victoria. The bigger the city, the more variety there will be in the used vehicles available at its dealerships, so Vancouver is a very good option if you want something that isn’t as common.
Is it worth a trip to look for Vancouver used Chevy? That all depends on whether used cars Vancouver Island dealers have what you’re looking for. But keep in mind that you don’t necessarily have to travel to the mainland to see if they might have what you want. You can contact the used Chevy dealership and let them know exactly what you’re looking for, right down to the colour of the vehicle. If they have it in stock, they can let you know and only then would you come over to check it out and make the purchase.
Ready to take your buying experience to a whole new level? You can now find everything online, including chevrolet trucks. Vancouver dealerships in the know have made it easy to do a search and find out just what they have available on their lots. This means, if you’re looking for a specific make and model year and even a specific colour, you don’t even have to travel into the city to find out if the dealer carries it.
The older method of seeking out chevy trucks, Vancouver and elsewhere, was to either visit the dealership yourself to check or to call them and hope they knew exactly what vehicles were in their lot at all times. However, this newer method of searching online makes it easier and more efficient to find what you’re looking for.
Not all Vancouver dealers offer this service, but if you don’t live in the city and aren’t interested in spending time on the phone waiting to see if they have what you’re looking for, then you should check out the ones that do offer online searches. This will let you know very quickly if they have what you want. If not, you can continue to do the same search on a regular basis to see when it does come in and some sites may even give you the option of receiving an email if your chosen vehicle arrives.
When it comes to chevrolet trucks, Vancouver dealers offer a great variety. However, it’s often easier to do a quick online search for the truck you’re interested in, as opposed to calling or visiting the dealer.
When you’ve purchased a chevrolet from one of the many Vancouver used chevrolet dealers, should you take your vehicle back to them for servicing or find your own garage? This is a decision that will vary depending on your location and the terms of your purchase. If you are too far away from where you buy your used cars, Vancouver Island, for example, then it may not be worth the extra trip for a simple checkup.
The first thing to consider is your warranty, if you have one. Many Vancouver used car dealers now offer certified second hand vehicles. That means that these cars have been checked over, problems corrected and they come with a guarantee. If you have a problem that falls under the warranty, you will probably want to take it back to the dealership to take care of it, since you won’t have to pay.
Another consideration is location. If you traveled to Vancouver to buy used Chevrolet cars, Vancouver Island or the Gulf Islands may be a little too far from your dealership to warrant the trip. Ferry costs are only going up and this is one of the main reasons to stick with your own local mechanic, as well as the time saved . . . particularly if it is a bigger issue that will take several days to fix.
Should Vancouver used chevrolet dealers service your vehicle? They do have the expertise, but whether it’s the best idea for you depends on the factors mentioned above. If you have used cars, Vancouver Island also offers mechanics capable of handling them, so you may prefer to stick closer to home.
When you plan to buy a used car in Vancouver, there are a few things to check out on potential used autos. Vancouver is a fairly sizeable city and it is on the coast, which may affect the wear and tear of the vehicle.
Salt corrosion can be an issue with vehicles that are driven near the ocean and since Vancouver is right on the water, this is something to check for on any used chevrolet in Vancouver. Look under the vehicle, particularly around the wheel wells and undercarriage for any signs of corrosion. While you should always check for rust, salt can be very dangerous and may destroy a vehicle faster than rust.
You will also need to check for any recalls issued on the vehicles you are interested in. While Canada does offer recall help, it’s possible that the previous owner didn’t take the chevrolet in for the recall fix. Make sure you get this checked out. When buying from a dealership, you should have no problems with this issue, as the vehicle should have been checked before being sold.
If you really want to avoid problems, buy all used Chevrolet, Vancouver based, from dealerships. A used car in Vancouver can end up with a lot of potential issues, but if it is certified, you’ll not only feel safe, you can bring it back if anything happens while it is still under warranty. This is one of the more secure methods of purchasing a used vehicle.