Unbelievable. An urban legend? No, its real. Lambrecht Chevrolet, a dealership in business from shortly after World War II until the mid-nineteen nineties, is selling off a collection of 500 cars amassed over that period, most period trade-ins that were kept instead of being sold. If that is not special enough, about 50 of the cars have less than 11 miles (yes 11) on them as they were never sold by the dealership when new. This one, a 1958 Chevrolet pickup, has only 5.4 miles on the odometer.
Understandably word of this auction has spread through the old car community and much has already been written. Instead of going through the entire inventory which you can find here on the Vanderbrink Auction website, we will focus on one single vehicle to give you a sense of the vehicles that are available, this 1958 Chevrolet pick-up. (Keep in mind their website has been having problems with the amount of traffic – bookmark the page and try again later if it is down)
Despite the incredibly low mileage, after 55 years there are some signs of aging on this truck. The “oriental green” paint does seem to be sightly faded and there may be a few hints of minor surface rust in spots. Not sure what is the deal with the blue wheels as well unless the original tires were completely unusable and swapping wheels was the quick fix (they do have 500 cars to deal with).
Under the hood some more of the minor surface rust can be seen on the cowl seam as well as on some of the other components in the compartment. Clearly the fuel filter is new and someone has moved the fuel line but this is obviously related to getting the truck running after all these years.
The interior definitely fits the part showing no aging or wear from this angle. The odometer shot below does indicate signs of aging may be seen on closer inspection. However the opportunity to purchase a “Brand New” 1958 Chevy truck is such a unique event there is no way any of these minor issues will deter any motivated buyers. I can only imagine how many there might be there on auction day. Visit the Vanderbrink Auction website for more details of the September 28th, 2013 auction (but again keep in mind their website has been having problems with the traffic – bookmark the page and try again later if it is down).