You may have heard about the Lambrecht Chevrolet collection in Pierce, Nebraska, a couple months ago. This amazing assortment of cars from the past six decades all went up for auction in September. The collection of nearly 500 cars gathered almost $2 million in winning bids, except for the 18 cars that were left unclaimed.
If you’re wondering what happened to the bidders, 14 of these cars were purchased by a man from New York. He claims a trucker he paid to pick up the cars stole his money and vanished. Another buyer died, a woman from Illinois was suddenly unreachable, and one man simply lied.
Now, bidders can get a second chance at owning a piece of history. Bidding is open online until midnight November 24. What are these remaining cars?
They range from a rusted-over 1947 Chevrolet Fleetmaster sedan to a 1963 Chevrolet Impala Convertible. Most of these cars were kept outside in a field and most do not run; however, there are a few gems, such a 1960 Chevrolet Corvair sedan with only 1.7 miles.
If you could own one of these remaining rare cars, which would you buy?
In a recent interview with Forbes, General Motors’ President, Mark Reuss, discussed the future of Buick. One thing that he hinted at was a new flagship sedan, which he described as “a much more beautiful [Porsche] Panamera.” Since the production version of GM’s new Cadillac concept, the Elmiraj, is set to arrive in 2015, we suspect this may be when the Buick version arrives as well.
In the same interview, Reuss also talked about a future hatchback version of the popular Chevrolet Cruze. He called its current absence, a “pre-bankruptcy planning mistake.” We would love to see a hatchback version of the Cruze and think it would be extremely popular.
Other new models for GM include one that will effectively fill a “black hole” in the truck lineup with a middle-of-the-road truck between a heavy-duty pickup and a medium-duty commercial truck. This would be a great addition to the wonderful Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra trucks.
What happens when you have a pilot in a space suit try to land a plane that has only two sets of landing gear? The result: you need a really fast car to guide the pilot down safely.
The Lockheed U-2 spy plane is one of the most unique airplanes ever created. Its mission is to gather information. To do this safely, the U-2 flies at extremely high altitudes—70,000 feet—essentially in space. In order for a plane to reach this altitude, it has to be as lightweight as possible and when Lockheed was designing the plane, it surprisingly cut out a set of landing gear to save weight.
Scott Evans from Motor Trend recently got to ride in one of the Chevrolet Camaro chase cars that help the U-2 land and shared his experience in a recent article.
To help the U-2 pilot down, the Camaro driver has to literally drive just yards behind the rapidly descending plane and tell the pilot how far off the ground he is. When the plane reaches 2 feet above the ground, the pilot can finally touch the ground and land the plane. He then has to balance the plane on the two sets of landing gear until coming to a complete stop.
Watch this video to see the amazing teamwork in action.