Chevyland Museum of Nebraska sells vintage car collection



One of the most impressive collections of vintage Chevrolet models in the United States is looking for a new home. The Big Iron auction company is selling dozens of cars and trucks in a massive, unqualified online auction.

Located in Elm Creek, a small town about 150 miles west of Lincoln in rural Nebraska, the Chevyland Museum once welcomed around 100 visitors a day, according to the Omaha World-Herald. Attendance gradually declined during the 1990s and the museum closed in 2019. Its founder, Monte Hollertz, died at age 87 the following year. His son Al now owns the collection and has decided to part with most of the cars, bikes and memorabilia it contains.

As the name suggests, Chevyland mainly focused on Chevrolet cars and trucks. Hollertz began collecting cars long before opening the museum in 1973, and he amassed an impressive collection over the next 46 years, several of which he restored with his son. Highlights include a 1915 Chevrolet Baby Grand Touring, 1922 Chevrolet 490, 1946 Chevrolet Fire Truck, 1954 Chevrolet Bel Air, 1961 Chevrolet Corvair Lakewood, 1963 Chevrolet Impala, 1969 and a 1986 Chevrolet pickup truck carrying many years. -correct accessories.

Some of the cars in the collection are unrestored low mileage examples. At least one has a fascinating history: Unconsciously finished in light blue, the 1965 14,000-mile Impala was used as an escape car by convicted murderer Duane Earl Pope after he robbed the Farmers State Bank in Big Springs, Nebraska, and killed three people inside. . He rented the Impala from a Hertz office in Kansas and politely returned it after the theft.

Fans of foreign cars are not completely unlucky: Hollertz also owned a 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup, 1985 AMC Eagle, 1985 Volkswagen Jetta turbodiesel, 1987 Audi GT and a kit car based on a Volkswagen. Beetle from 1965 which looks like a Porsche 917., among other imports. Several Oldsmobile models and a Buick are also up for grabs, as is a 1978 International-Harvester Loadstar 700 school bus that has been partially converted to an RV.

Hollertz’s collection includes many motorcycles, such as a 1978 Harley-Davidson Custom powered by a Honda Goldwing engine and a 1978 Honda 750. If cars and motorcycles aren’t your thing, you might still find a new one. toy to take home. The catalog lists a 1959 Lone Star outboard boat with a trailer, a two-wheel drive Case tractor, a Cushman 735 three-wheel golf cart, a pair of vintage two-stroke snowblowers and a camper. because in aluminum. You can also take a toy home, as there are quite a few miniature cars (most sold in sets) in the collection.

Spare parts (such as hubcaps and upholstery) and miscellaneous souvenirs (including dealership signs, training kits and promotional materials) are also part of the sale. In all, 554 items of the Chevyland Museum are listed on the Big Iron auction site. Act fast if you see something that appeals to you: Unqualified Auctions will end on May 6, 2021.


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