|A '55, foreground, and a '56: Classic Chevrolets abound in Cuba.|
OLD CHEVROLETS have been much in the news lately (though always in our hearts) because of a Nebraska auction that drew world-wide attention.Roy Lambrecht, a small-town Chevy dealer for 50 years, had the unusual habit of hanging on to unsold vehicles rather than cutting prices to make room for new inventory. Over the years he amassed some 500 cars and trucks – some with single-digit readings on their odometers and the factory plastic wrap still covering their seats.
Most were the worse for time and weather, if not wear, but when the Lambrecht family finally decided to sell the collection, the two-day auction attracted 15,000 would-be buyers from around the globe.
Of course, we know another place to see old Chevs. These ones might show the marks of many miles, but that doesn't mean we love them less.
|Nicely chromed '51 Chev sports add-on bumper guards.|
|On the road since 1954.|
|Gold standard: '53 Bel Air.|
|Powerglide was first automatic transmission available on a lower-priced car.|
|Two-Ten Beauville wagon is a 1956 model.|
|Bumper bars, as on this '55 Bel Air sedan, are a regularly seen accessory.|
Search "Lambrecht Chevrolet" and you'll find a zillion reports on the auction – but this piece by Peter Salter of the Lincoln Journal Star tells a particularly sweet story.