Everything changes; that includes the '60's and very early 70's muscle-car era during which Norman Kraus, aka "Mr. Norm", rocketed to fame on the basis of his car dealer, Grand Spaulding Dodge, which was the first to put a 383, 440 and 426 Hemi V-8's into the boxy Dodge Dart and created a performance legend in the process.
Yes, he's still alive; yes, he's still designing cars. If you saw his 600 hp Super Challenger at the L.A. or Chicago Auto Shows or at this year's SEMA show, you know he's still got the touch.
Chevys Stored For Decades Undriven - Now Up For Sale
Scores of new Chevys stored for decades undriven finally up for sale
By Justin Hyde / Motoramic
Lambrecht Chevrolet of Pierce, Neb., was like many Midwestern, small-town
dealers — owned and operated by a family, with minimal overhead and
little need for advertising since most customers were neighbors. Ray and
Mildred Lambrecht ran the dealership with just one employee for 50 years
before closing up, and later this year the Lambrechts will sell off a trove
of 500-odd vehicles they've held onto over the decades — including
roughly 50 with less than 10 miles on their odometers. It's less a car sale
than a time capsule auction.
While many of the cars in the Lambrecht collection were customer trade-ins
that were left outside to rot, the Lambrechts would occasionally take
something they couldn't sell and just put it in storage. City folk might
find it unthinkable to leave so many vehicles lying around for so many
years, but there's always more space in rural Nebraska, and the annual
costs fall to zero quickly. I wouldn't call it hoarding, but I know many
people who gather old metal like this do form an attachment to their
kingdom of rust; every ride has a story, even when there's weeds growing
around it. Jeannie Lambrecht Stillwell, the Lambrecht's daughter, says the
decision to sell wasn't an easy one for her parents, and that the cars
"comprise a lifetime of hard work, tears, and joy."
Fortunately for collectors, the Lambrechts preservation-through-neglect has
created the type of barn finds that many search years to discover. Among
the dozen low-miles pickups sits a 1956 Chevrolet Cameo pickup with an
odometer reading of just over one mile, and a 1965 Chevy Impala with six
miles that still has its original window sticker and the plastic sheeting
that covered its red leather seats. Although even ardent Corvette fans look
askance at the late '70s models, the '78 version here with five miles has
an appeal that's grown over time.
The rest of the 500-car list reads like an inventory of popular models from
the '50s and '60s — Bel Airs, Corvairs and even a couple of Vegas —
which the VanDerBrink Auction company is still documenting ahead of the
sale in Pierce on Sept. 28-29, along with dozens of pieces of memorabilia,
hubcaps and even a Corvette pedal car. You can see the auctioneer take a
walk though the Lambrechts' garage below:
Mr. Norm Interview, Pt. 1 - How the '68 Dart GSS Was Created
Patrick Krook, CEO of ShowYourAuto.com, interviews legendary
high-performance Dodge dealer Norman Kraus (Mr. Norm) on how his Grand
Spaulding Dodge created the Dart GSS, a fire-breathing compact muscle car
with a 383 c.i. engine that Dodge's engineers claimed couldn't be built.
Ironically, this car inspired the factory-built Dart GTS with the same
You'll also find out what GSS stands for.
To hear about Mr. Norm's new-for-the-21st --century Dart GSS, (behind him
and Mr. Krook during this interview), be sure to watch Part 2, now live on
Videography and Editing: artistmac
GHOSTLY BMW DEALERSHIP ABANDONED SINCE 1988
In 1988, Citation Motors, a BMW Dealership in Ontario, shut its doors with
little explanation. The simple answer seems to be that the dealership had
its concession license revoked, but nobody seems to be able to track down
why exactly. Endras BMW, another Toronto-based Bimmer peddler, did some
digging, but didn't come up with too much.
Whatever the case, the dealership moved to Toronto, switched its name to
Downtown BMW, and went under in 2002. The owner of both places seems to be
eccentric at best, as he left Citation where it sat, untouched, with a
then-brand new E24 635 CSi and E28 5 Series abandoned inside. The business
is reportedly well cared for, and the cars have not succumbed to the
elements the way they would have were they truly left to rot.
The owner of the establishment apparently has little interest in selling
the business or his wares. To make things more interesting, there's
apparently an as-yet unopened underground storage facility and a back lot
packed with junked Bimmers.
Mr. Norm's GSS Hemi Dart Build
The legend continues with the Mr. Norm's GSS limited edition Hemi and
M-Code Darts, built exclusively by Blue Moon Motorsports of Orlando, FL 572
Cubic Inch, 835hp all Aluminum HEMI!
Grand Spaulding Dodge, Six Years Later
Six years after I shot the original Grand Spaulding video, not much has
changed. Unfortunately. And one of the outbuildings has been demolished.
The name Grand Spaulding Dodge is famous all over the world. By now,
someone in the muscle car community who has the money should have had the
bright idea to turn this into a tourist destination. As for getting the
city to block off Grand for a once-a-year Saturday and Sunday Mopar
blowout? The way this city loves to block off streets for festivals, it
would be a piece of cake.
1965 Dodge Ramcharger Candymatic
See the Hemi powered burnout of this Dodge classic!! 65 Dodge, 1965 Dodge,
Hemi, Ramcharger, Candymatic, Burnout, Motorsport Ranch, 1965 A990 Dodge,
1965 Dodge A990 Factory-Built Drag Racer
This car is for sale on consignment. Price: $200,000. For more details, go
to www.showyourauto.com or call (847) 838-3749 and talk to Mr. Krook.
This is one of two factory-built '65 Dodge A990's left out of the 47 that
were built. It was sold through Mr. Norm's Grand Spaulding Dodge. The A990
was a series of "delete" options that turned an ordinary Coronet 2-door
sedan into a Hemi-powered, lightweight, purpose-built drag racer.
The current owner is the second. This car has all its original body panels
and interior appointments, including thinner stamped front fenders, thinner
window glass, back seat delete, front bucket seats from that year's Dodge
Van and a grille that blocks out two of the original quad headlamps. Around
back, the battery is in the trunk, and steel plates replace the backup
lights. It's been resprayed once in 1987, and that's it.
But you're not worried about all that. You want to hear that 426 roar.
Well, I'll see what I can do.... ;)
Ghostly Abandoned Car Dealership.
Driving through Derbyshire and saw this ghostly, abandoned used car
dealership with some of the 20 year old stock remaining rusting away
quietly. Very unsual time warp.
Super Muscle Car Shootout - Dream Car Garage
6 Classic Cars, 5 Classic Tests, 1 Competition, 1 Winner!!!!
The trailer for the upcoming Muscle Car Shootout on Speed premiering
December 29th 2006 only on Speed! Check out some of the most elite muscle
cars of yesterday battle it out for the top spot! Peter Klutt & Tom Hnatiw
host this 1 hour special! Can't wait cause it's going to be awesome!
Baldwin Motion Camaro,
Royal Bobcat GTO Ram Air IV, AMC Hurst Scrambler, Yenko Nova, Grand
Spalding Dodge, A12, 1969 Supercars, Shelby GT500, Mr. Norm's 440-6
Superbee , Muslce Cars, Collector Cars, Legendary Motorcar
1970 AMC Javelin SST abandoned 30 years, first look.
Here is a car my brother just bought. He has been looking to speculate on
old cars and look what he found....
This is a '70 AMC Javelin SST, possible Mark Donahue edition. The owners
widow allegedly has a stack of paperwork to this car so we are crossing our
fingers there is something to document a real Donahue car.
This is Tijuana Tan metallic, 360-4V, Safe Command power brakes and power
It is very original and unmolested. The story goes is the original owners
bought it, drove it until sometime in 1979 when the trans went out. The
husband started to pull the trans out, but passed away suddenly.
His widow left this car and 3 others where they sat for the next 31 years.
They literally had to spend a week cutting down the forest to get them out.
This Javelin wears vintage Cragar-type wheels, has the requisite add-on 8
track player also!
I will get more video and photos as we progress through clean-up and
mechanical evaluation of this AMC.
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PS the SST sold 2 months after this video and the Plymouth has long since
been restored and turned into a daily driver.