By now, most old car guys have heard about The Ultimate Barn Find in Pierce, Nebraska. Up for sale on September 28th and 29th, 2013 is a collection of 500 collector cars, including a number that have never been sold – brand new, essentially, but for a few decades’ storage – with as little as 1 mile on the odometer. At the Old Car Manual Project, we’re into tech information, especially stuff that isn’t widely available on the internet, so we thought that rather than repeat the news stories widely available on this topic we would highlight some of the information that might be useful if you were fortunate enough to be bidding on one of these rare gems coming out of this Nebraska time machine. (The entire auction inventory is here.)
1958 Chevrolet Cameo Pickup VIN 3A58K118014, 1 mile on the odometer (!)
This was the last year for the Cameo of which 1405 units were produced before being dropped mid year in favor of the Fleetside pickup. The VIN on this one decodes as 3A = 3100 series, 58 = 1958, K = Kansas City, MO, sequential production number 118014. Full specifications and number decoding is here. If anyone has original brochures or advertisements for the Cameo or other ’58 Chevy trucks, we would love to add them to our collection. Drop me a line if you can contribute.
1978 Chevrolet Indy Pace Car Corvette, 4 miles
The RPO code Z78 “Indy Package” added special high back seats, front and rear spoilers, P255 60R15 Goodyears, glass T-tops, leather or leather/cloth upholstery and decals (which could be deleted) for $13,653. At more than $4000 over the base Corvette price, the car attracted 6501 buyers compared to the regular car’s 40271.
1965 Chevrolet Impala 2dr HT This was the first year for the 396 cubic inch Mark IV big block, which featured the new Rochester Quadrajet carburetor - # 7025200 with the new-to-Chevy Turbo-Hydramatic 400.
1928 Durant Sedan This one isn’t new old stock – it’s used and in rough shape, but it is rare to find one of William Crapo Durant’s progeny from his post-General Motors years for sale in any condition. Durant Motors produced the Star, Eagle, Flint, Princeton, Rugby, Durant and Locomobile from 1921-1932. Production was suspended in 1927 and resumed in 1928 until the company finally succumbed to the Depression in early 1932. A total of 20, 261 Durants were built in 1928. We’ve got the Repair Parts List for the 6 cylinder Durant from early 1930 as well as some magazine ads. As always,we welcome new contributions.
And there are nearly 500 more in this remarkable collection…