There is nothing gearheads love more than stumbling across a vast collection of vehicles. It's even better when one of our nearest and dearest buy them, and we don't have to pay for their upkeep. One gearhead who has had this stroke of luck is automotive YouTuber Mr. Goodpliers. Earlier this month his friend purchased a farm with around 85 classic cars scattered on the grounds. The bulk of the vehicles are classic Chevrolet models spanning four different decades. Most of them have plenty of rust and require plenty of work. This collection acts as a showcase of General Motor's history. But the collection doesn't end there even featuring some 1940s GMC truck cabins and well-maintained Lincoln models.

This collection makes most gearheads envious.

How Did This Nebraska Car Collection Begin?

Mr. Goodpliers' friend acted quickly and sold the well-maintained vehicles quickly. Moving two light trucks and nine classic vehicles including coupes and pickups. As Mr. Goodpliers arrives a range of automotive oddities sit broken and in need of restoration. One of these models that attract the host's attention is a 1984 Cadillac Deville Coupe in white. The owners of the land are still moving the vehicles around the land, all not running they use a forklift to organize the models.

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The question on many car enthusiasts' lips is a simple one. How did anyone build such a collection? The previous owner of the models frequented car auctions. Most of these cars went unloved and unwanted, selling for around $20. It's unknown how long most of these sat waiting for restoration but even after inflation comes into consideration these are an impressive bargain. Some cars were even given to the owner as it wasn't worth the auction hosts towing them away again.

According to Mr. Goodpliers, the original owner had another motivation when purchasing all these vehicles. The collector's first car was a 1946 Chevrolet Convertible, much cooler than most people's first car. To keep it on the road the owner then acquired a parts car for it. After joining the army in the 1950s he found himself away from Nebraska in California. His father then sold both cars. In a vengeful move, he then began collecting and didn't stop picking up new toys.

What Are The Notable Cars In The Collection?

Lincoln Continental III
Mr. Goodpliers

As many enthusiasts do there is a clear favorite brand, this is Chevrolet. There are much worse brands to choose from, Chevrolet's long history incorporates plenty of interesting vehicles. Mr. Goodpliers claims that the collector at one point owned 20 1956 Chevys. These all sold to another like-minded individual. The '56 is the Bel Air, one of the Detroit-based manufacturer's most iconic vehicles. In production across four decades, it endured in the hearts of the public. With a cavernous hood, the Bel Air is the perfect candidate for a resto-mod project that utilizes a large LS crate engine. Further proof that the collector cared less for Ford, is a Ford branded vehicle left to rust on the ground not even on cinderblocks. Harvested for parts it's just the body and no frame lays beneath the exterior.

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A car that steps outside the Chevrolet focus is the Lincoln Continental Mark III. Not only does that car exist outside the Chevy brand, but it isn't even a General Motors product. The luxury Ford-owned brand shared a platform with the Ford Thunderbird. This model competed in the luxury personal car market. Staring in the French Connection, which features one of cinema's most influential car chases, the Continental Mark III is yet another icon that found a home on this rural farm. In a shade of dark green with a black roof, this example looks incredibly attractive. However, like any car that's sat outside for decades, it needs some attention. The tires blew out at some point and the wooden roof is falling away. That's to say nothing of the mechanical work needed to get the car moving.

What Comes Next For The Chevy Collection?

As the team slowly pulls each model from the overgrown trees and shrubbery they search each car meticulously. Finding a penny, they stop for a moment hoping it's a 1943 Copper penny. According to Coin Week, a specialist in coin pricing, values these pennies at around $1 million each. To find such wealth in a rusted classic car would be incredible luck. As they've gone through each car, the team notes what parts might be useable such as visors and power-glide transmissions. Unfortunately, when even a steering wheel has rusted it means that a car probably can't have a full restoration without fabricating every replacement part.

Mr. Goodpliers describes these cars as "relics of our transportation history". While some vehicles in the collection are salvageable most aren't. These models in the middle of February moved away from the Nebraska farm. Loaded on flat-bed trailers and towed by their modern equivalents the mammoth scale of the collection is patently clear. These cars now await their fate as people either buy them for project cars or tear them apart for parts. Although they may sit untouched for a little while. Mr. Goodpliers closes his third video on the farm claiming that in Nebraska enthusiasts tend to prefer rebuilding classic pick-ups.

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