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’58 pickup that sold in Neb. for $140,000 headed east

An old Chevy pickup that sold at a northeast Nebraska auction for $140,000 soon will be heading to a new, climate-controlled home in southern New Hampshire.

The rare 1958 Chevrolet Cameo will join 64 other mostly American vehicles in Steve Ames’s collection in Marlborough, the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star said.

The truck was among several barely driven vintage Chevrolets that were auctioned this past weekend in Pierce, Neb. The collection belonged to Ray Lambrecht and his wife, Mildred, who ran a Chevrolet dealership in downtown Pierce for five decades before retiring in 1996.

Ray Lambrecht stashed many of his unsold vehicles in a warehouse, at his farm and other spots around town if they didn’t sell in the first year.

The truck had 1.3 miles on it and was high on Ames’s short list of potential purchases, among them a 1963 Impala that went for nearly $100,000 and a 1965 Chevy.

“I put all my eggs in one basket and went after the Cameo,” Ames said. “That’s a decision you have to make: Do you want to go after more than one, or do you go after the best?”

People from Saturday’s estimated crowd of about 10,000 applauded when Ames won the bid at $140,000. It was the highest bid of the weekend.

The auction generated an estimated $3 million, based on sales figures in the auctioneer’s online catalog.

Ames said he and his wife, Joan, will set up a trust to fund the long-term care of their collection. They also plan to offer some limited public tours.

“It’s going to be a history lesson in how our forefathers were able to build these cars,” he said. “And produce some darn good stuff.”

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