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Impalas on the prairie: The Crocker Hills Collection

The Crocker Hills collection of Impalas, parts and other collectable automotive gems will be sold in a VanDerBrink Online Only” auction. The bidding is now open! The biding ends November 29th, 2023 at 7PM.
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Growing up on a farm or ranch in South Dakota, mostly likely you, including me, had your first driving lesson in a pickup truck. With the wide-open pastures and fields there was room for making mistakes and the chances of hitting anything was remote except for a badger hole. Greg Anderson, grew up in north-central South Dakota and always enjoyed history, hunting and fishing. Greg started his collecting passion with his first collection of rare and unique antique tractors. Greg searched the country and had several hundred before selling the collection.

His uncle, was a car collector and got Greg into buying classic vehicles. Greg was born in 1960, so he only thought it was natural that he would start buying 1960 Chevrolet Impalas. Greg, besides being a farmer, did nuclear power inspections. His job would require him to travel around the U.S. When he spare time, he would drive around and find Impalas and bring them back to South Dakota. Greg focused on 1959-1963 Impalas and has accumulated over 25 in his collection along with Square Body pickups and some unique older trucks.

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Greg was used to restoring tractors and started to restore several Impalas. While working on a convertible and bubbletop, the others took a backseat waiting for their turn to be restored. Besides doing nuclear power inspections, farming, and cattle, Greg also heads to Nashville and plays blues harmonica and guitar with several bands. So, the cars, well just took a backseat to his adventures and work. Greg has decided that his collection needs to go to classic car enthusiasts that will use them for parts for their builds and restored to hit the roads again.

The Crocker Hills collection is nestled in NE South Dakota, just out of reach of accurate GPS. There are 48 Impalas, Square Body Trucks, and more slated for the auction. The collection will be sold in an Online Only auction. The bidding is open Now! The biding ends November 29th, 2023 at 7PM.

These Impalas and more on the Prairie would be a good addition to any collector looking to build or finding hard-to-find parts. There is everything from a 1960 Impala convertible that was owned by an Arkansas Governor to a Rare 1946 White COE Truck that would make for a wonderful build. 20-plus Impalas and more will be incoluded in this online auction. Greg is looking to scale down and wants the cars to go to other collectors and live on in their builds.

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Tri-Five Hive & More… The Commerce City Collection

An unbelievable gamble hit pay dirt for two men in Colorado. They struck Chevrolet gold! The Commerce City Collection on July 16, in Commerce, Colorado.
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Chevy’s galore!

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Car guys are always dreaming about that unknown car find. Bruce and Tom are car guys that have known each other for about 35 years. They both work in similar industries with trucking and trucks and both of them had driven past this small, run-down office building with a wooden fence for years. Bruce, playing a little detective work, had figured out who owned the property and finally got the chance to see what was lurking behind those dark doors. The guys met with the representative and ventured into the dark and dirty building. It was obvious that nothing had moved for 30 to 50 years. There were piles of parts, mounds of garbage, and inches of dust and grime. But through all the debris and dirt, they could see the tail fins of a 1957 Chevrolet, and another one, and then a 1957 wagon, and who knew what else was in there. The tour didn’t just include the one building, but went to another, and another, and finally a small house with the wooden fence. They peered over the fence and could see that cars were stacked like cord wood. Door to door with trees growing up through them. It was a “Tri-Five hive.” There were 1955 and 1957’s Nomads, convertibles, and more.

One of the convertibles up for sale is a worthy project for some lucky bidder.

 

One of the convertibles up for sale is a worthy project for some lucky bidder.

Bruce and Tom couldn’t believe what they were looking at and where it was at. They had driven by this property for years and wouldn’t have imagined so many Chevrolets and parts were in there. The owners had mentioned that they were selling the property and needed all the stuff and vehicles to be gone. Not missing a beat, Tom and Bruce made an offer. Sadly, it was declined. About 2 months later, the owner called them back and wanted to know if they were still interested. They got their checks in order and met the lawyer at the property. They traded the checks for a stack of titles and keys. Then started the task of extracting the cars and parts. This was the mystery and gamble of what they were going to actually find in all the darkness and debris.

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The guys started the work of cleaning and soon uncovered a 1969 Camaro convertible, a 1968 Camaro convertible, Camaro parts, and 1955 and 1957 Chevy Nomad Wagons and regular wagons. There was a Chevrolet Blazer, some pickups, and motors and parts everywhere. The vehicles were everything from original projects, to parts, and even the families one-owner 1957 Chevrolet Belair 4-dr. wagon that looks like they just parked it and left. They went from one property to another finding more and more parts and cars. Finally, they made their way to the house. The place that was hidden behind the wooden fence. The previous owner had cut off roofs of sedans and placed them over the roofs to protect them and laid down a black tarp on the ground before he placed the cars. Thinking some of them were sedans, when they took off the roofs, they were 1957 Convertibles! Trees had to be cut and a lot of manpower was called for, but the cars were extracted from the property. The guys found 35 doors under the crawl space of the house and more parts in the garage. Tri-Five seats, more motors, and even Nomad tailgates.

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Now that the guys had their friends and wives helping, they had spent countless hours hauling everything home. What were they going to do with it all? A few vehicles were kept for all their hard work, but the remainder will be sold at auction on July 16th, 2022 Live onsite with online bidding for the vehicles, and if you want all those parts, you got to be onsite bidding. When they finished, there were approx. 50 vehicles including multiple 1957 and ‘55 Nomad Wagons, 1957 Chevrolet convertibles, Camaros, 1960’s Nova’s and Chevy II’s, a 1956 International Traveall, and more… Hundreds of Chevrolet parts including sheet metal, motors, intakes, seats, and more. They filled 3-53 ft. containers with parts!

VanDerBrink Auctions will sell this Tri-Five and Chevrolet Hoard on July 16th, 2022 just 4 miles from the Denver airport at Bruce’s home in Commerce City, Colorado at 9:30AM. The auction is Live onsite with online bidding for the vehicles, but if you want all those parts, you must be present to buy and bid. Preview will be Friday July 15th, 2022 and you won’t want to miss this auction. For pictures, info, and more auctions check the website www.vanderbrinkauctions.com , See you there! 

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‘Not for Sale’… Until Now! – The Milan Collection

On October 15th, there will be the Milan Collection sale with over 300 classics up for sale, with the majority of cars consisting of classic Chevy models of the ’50s-’70s.
The Milan Collection

The Milan Collection

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300 cars! Why would one man need to have 300 cars? I’m sure Randy Milan has heard that more times than he can count. But Randy can’t help it, it’s in his genes. If a scientist would do an analysis of Randy’s DNA, you would find he had a genetic code for old cars. Where did this gene come from, his dad. Growing up, Randy’s dad always had an old car project he was working on. Randy would go with his dad to swap meets and get everything set up to sell. Cars, Parts, and everything needed to build your dream car or finish that project. There was a slight problem, as soon as a car guy started to show interest in a car or part, Randy’s dad would jump in and say, “It’s not for sale!” It never failed; the Milans would go home with more than they brought. Even today at 94 years young, Randy’s dad knows what he has and where it is at. So, for Randy, saying and hearing the phrase, “Not for sale!” came naturally.

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Randy started collecting himself at 18 years old. His first car was a 1958 Chevy pickup. Sadly, this is one truck that he sold, but he still knows where it’s at. Randy saw that guys didn’t really like the 1959 a 1960 Chevrolets, so he started buying, any and all of them that he could find. Bubble tops, sedans, convertibles, wagons, and more are still in the collection. If you ask Randy, the reason they are still in the collection is, “They are not for sale!” Today, in the collection there are approx. 40 – 1959 Chevrolets, and 50 1960’s. That’s not all, there are many other Chevrolets from 1950’s including Impalas from 1958 and up. The collection is not all about Chevys, there are Ford coupes that will make great street rods, as well as Mustangs and more. Luckily, Randy had the room, and the collection kept growing like his dad’s. The answer was always, “Not for sale.” Randy broke his own rule and sold a 1957 Chevrolet convertible to pay for a divorce. If you ask him today, rumor has it, it was her or the cars. Well, the cars are all still there… just saying.

In 1985 Randy started Import Towing and Recovery in Ft. Collins, Colo. Along with a body shop. This was a perfect fit for his car collecting hobby because Randy got to see lots of things while towing cars. But the second time was a charm, and he hooked a gal that was into cars, too. Deb Milan, was one of a kind, and the two of them traveled around to auctions while privately buying more cars for the collection. The car crazy couple also bought the Cheyenne, Wyoming Speedway and managed and ran the races up to a few years ago. Deb and Randy have built the towing business to not only have a body shop but also repair facility for their collection.

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Randy was getting older and started to see that the cars needed attention and it was time for them to go to another care taker. Randy also saw that he had grown up and was just like his dad. All those cars and neither of them truly finished a project. Sure, there were some cars that were restored, but there were far more that were waiting in line to get back on the road. Randy realized that there isn’t enough time to get them all done and now the answer to, “Will you sell that 1959 convertible?” has changed to “Yes!”

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That’ right! Many of his friends didn’t know that the collection had grown to approx. 300 vehicles consisting of older restore, originals, rod projects, and many Chevrolets for restore, and also parts. Randy and the guys have been busy removing the cars from their slumber in the buildings and in storage lots to rows out in a field to be sold on October 15th, 2022 at 9AM, not far from his Towing company in Ft. Collins, Colorado. VanDerBrink Auctions will sell the collection of approx. 300 vehicles in 1 big day, LIVE ONSITE with ONLINE BIDDING! But you are going to want to be in person for this fabulous collection. Just the fact that the collection boasts 40 – 1959 Chevrolets of all makes and models and along with approx. 50 – 1960 Chevrolets of all makes and models, including those 1959 Convertibles. The collection doesn’t stop there, there are Chevrolets galore! From 1950-1970’s. Many Impalas, 1964-72 Chevelles, and more. Randy’s dad will also sell his collection along with Randy’s, and there are 1959 retractable HT’s, 1959 Chevrolet El Caminos, 1965 Ford Mustang with HI-Pro 289, and a rare 1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone that was an Indianapolis 500 Pace car. The collection also boasts Cadillacs, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, and many 1930’s Ford coupes for Rod and Restore. There is a rare 1957 Cadillac Biarritz convertible project. The collection is truly amazing, and you won’t want to miss seeing the collection and being part of this auction. VanDerBrink Auctions is still building the catalog, so follow the progress on the website, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. Then get ready to bid! When they were getting ready, Randy had friends that said he wouldn’t sell to them, but now he’ll sell them to you, and of course, friends too. Like Randy says, “Come to fulfill your car dreams. I want car guys and gals to come to the auction to buy your future project, get the parts cars you need, because you know what, “Everything is for sale, now!” See you at the Auction! It’s Amazing!