Nebraska's Chevyland museum is selling its collection of vintage cars
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One of the most impressive collections of classic Chevrolet models in the USA is looking for a new home. Auction company Big Iron is selling several dozen cars and trucks through a massive, unreserved online auction.
The Chevyland Museum in Elm Creek, a small town about 150 miles west of Lincoln in rural Nebraska, once welcomed about 100 visitors a day, according to the Omaha World-Herald. Visitor numbers gradually declined in the 1990s and the museum closed in 2019. Its founder, Monte Hollertz, died the following year at the age of 87. His son Al now owns the collection and he has decided to ditch most of the cars, motorcycles, and memorabilia.
As the name suggests, Chevyland mainly focused on Chevrolet cars and trucks. Hollertz began collecting cars long before the museum opened in 1973 and gathered an impressive collection over the next 46 years, including several that he was restoring with his son. Highlights include a 1915 Chevrolet Baby Grand Touring, a 1922 Chevrolet 490, a 1946 Chevrolet fire engine, a 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air, a 1961 Chevrolet Corvair Lakewood, a 1963 Chevrolet Impala, a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette, and a 1986 Chevrolet pickup numerous periods - correct accessories.
Some of the cars in the collection are unrestored, low-mileage examples. At least one has a fascinating story: Casually in light blue, the 1965 Impala was used as a getaway car by convicted murderer Duane Earl Pope after robbing the Farmers State Bank in Big Springs, Nebraska, and killing three people inside. He rented the Impala from a Hertz Kansas office and politely returned it after the robbery.
Foreign car fans are not unlucky: Hollertz owned a Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup in 1981, an AMC Eagle in 1985, a Volkswagen Jetta Turbodiesel in 1985, an Audi GT in 1987 and a Volkswagen Beetle kit that looks like a Porsche 917 in 1965, including imports. Some Oldsmobile models and a Buick as well as a 1978 International Harvester Loadstar 700 school bus, some of which has been converted into a mobile home, are also up for grabs.
The Hollertz collection includes a wide variety of motorcycles, including a 1978 Harley-Davidson Custom with a Honda Honda Wing engine and a 1978 Honda 750. If cars and motorcycles aren't your thing, you may still find new take-away toys. The catalog includes a 1959 Lone Star trailer outboard, a Case two-wheel drive tractor, a three-wheel Cushman 735 golf cart, a pair of vintage two-stroke snow throwers, and an aluminum RV. You can literally take a toy home with you too, as the collection includes some model cars (mostly sold in bulk).
Spare parts (such as hubcaps and pads) and various memorabilia (including dealer signs, training kits and promotional materials) are also part of the sale. A total of 554 objects from the Chevyland Museum are listed on the Big Iron auction site. Act quickly if you see something you like: the auctions without reservation will end on May 6, 2021.
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