Chevyland USA Automobile Museum collection goes up for auction
Hoping to share his passion for classic Chevrolet models, Monte Hollertz, a farmer and car collector, opened the Chevyland USA Automobile Museum in Elm Creek, Nebraska. Located just off Interstate 80, the museum welcomed its first guests in the early 1970s and quickly became a favorite attraction for car enthusiasts.
At its peak, the museum welcomed over 100 visitors per day and housed over 80 vintage vehicles. Decades later, interest gradually waned, and two years ago Hollertz decided to shut down Chevyland for good due to the drop in traffic. After his death in 2020, his son Al Hollert took over the entire collection, and it is currently for sale on BigIron Auctions.
The extensive auction includes an assortment of vintage cars, auto parts, collectibles, motorcycles, tractors and even a fire truck. There are also several sets of cool looking die cast models.
A 1915 Chevrolet Baby Grand Touring H4 is one of the oldest Chevrolets for sale. Another list with a checkered history is a 1965 Chevy Impala used as an escape car in a fatal bank robbery in Big Springs, Nebraska. As stated in the Omaha World-Herald, said Impala was a rental from a Hertz lot.
While Chevrolet makes up the bulk of the car collection, there are a few quirks in the mix, such as a 1965 Volkswagen Laser 917 kit car and a 1981 Volkswagen Rabbit 2WD pickup truck. A stunning 1969 Chevrolet Stingray Corvette convertible dominates. the auction with just under 6,800 miles and that needs a bit of attention. And from close behind the Corvette, a 1967 Impala SS Convertible also garnered serious attention.
Auctions on all items are still open and the online auction ends this Thursday, May 6. For those who wish to browse the article collection of over 500 articles on BigIron Auctions, visit this link here.
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