Over the years, Michigan car collector Tom Brown acquired so many Chevys, and big-block models in particular, that he became known as the Big-Block Guy. He spent countless hours searching for and acquiring cars and parts. He would often fly one-way from his Michigan home to California, finding and driving home old muscle cars when they were just used cars.
The cars and parts continued to accumulate, but so did the years; and after decades, Brown decided it was time to let it all go. He called Yvette VanderBrink, owner of VanderBrink Auctions, LLC, to help liquidate the collection.
On a warm day late last summer, she did just that, selling off nearly 70 vehicles and literally a couple acres’ worth of parts. About three-quarters of the cars were Chevys, along with a few Pontiacs and some early Fords. Of the muscle cars, the majority were parts or project cars. But the depth and breadth of the collection was impressive.
Not surprisingly, the prices were strong for the factory bigblock cars, even those that will likely serve only as parts donors. Other vehicles brought strong prices for their relative solidity in the Rust Belt state. Full auction results can be viewed at vanderbrinkauctions.com.
n An original CE-code COPO 427 service engine, complete with the aluminum intake manifold featuring the Winters Foundry snowflake logo, sold for $4,305.n Ready to drive, this 1967 Nova SS featured the original (rebuilt) 327, factory A/C, a Turbo 350 trans, and a Posi axle. Originally from Arizona, it boasted all its original sheetmetal, too. Selling price was $33,600.
n Originally Cortez Silver, this is an original 1969 Camaro RS Z/28 with the original engine block. It was an early-build car, too, assembled in September 1968. It went for $25,200.
n Despite losing a quarterpanel that was scavenged for another car, this salvageable 1970 Chevelle SS is an LS6 car. It sold for $17,850.