Barn finds: In rural Sumner, a million-dollar muscle car collection goes to auction – Lincoln Journal Star

June 15, 2022 by No Comments

The 1970 Boss 429 Mustang was collecting more than dust during the decades it sat parked in a shed on the outskirts of Sumner.

It was gathering value, too.

So were some of the other classic and rare muscle cars Butch Siebenaler had squirreled away during his lifetime of fixing, buying, selling and swapping horsepower.

When he died last summer, the 67-year-old left more than 300 autos — many of them projects or parts cars, almost all built between 1920 and 1970 — sitting outside on his property along Nebraska 40 in northeast Dawson County.

But he’d built a pair of sheds to hold his treasures. The Boss 429, one of the rarest Mustangs built. Seven early Camaros. Two Impalas from the ’60s. Two Bel Airs from the ’50s. Two El Caminos. A Chevelle, Torino and a Cyclone.

A collection worth nearly $1 million to the hundreds of potential buyers from 45 states bidding this week in the online auction of Siebenaler’s cars.

People are also reading…

The Mustang alone is expected to top $300,000.

‘Taking Billy for a ride’ – Boone County fallen soldier honored at upcoming NASCAR race

‘Like a time capsule’ — How a 35-mile classic Trans Am landed in Lincoln

“A lot of the muscle cars he bought, he kept,” said his brother, Steve Siebenaler. “And some of them got kind of rare.”

The brothers were born into a car family. Their father ran a salvage yard near Valley before the family moved to central Nebraska.

Butch Siebenaler started a repair shop when he was 17, and then a salvage yard of his own, and then a career of trafficking in old American cars and car parts.

The King of Muscle Cars, his family called him.

“He knew his stuff,” his brother said. “He could go to a swap meet and he could look at a carburetor or an exhaust manifold or a set of headers, he could look at the numbers and tell you exactly what it fit. He was a walking encyclopedia.”

Butch Siebenaler built a customer base around the country, and the world. His brother remembered loyal customers from Sweden, who would fly to Nebraska, buy flathead and Hemi motors and whole cars, and send them home across the Atlantic in shipping containers.

A heart attack took him in August. He was inspecting Dodge and Plymouth parts at a garage sale near Kearney, talking to the seller, when he collapsed, his brother said. He didn’t have any immediate family; he’d married in 1980 but lost his wife in 1998, and they didn’t have children.

So it was Steve Siebenaler’s job to handle his brother’s estate — and its hundreds of old cars. He’s already sold about 100 on his own, but he hired BigIron Auctions to help with the 17 most valuable muscle cars.

Sales rep Mat Cope drove to Sumner to take a look.</…….



Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.