Larry Harms started a small auto salvage yard in 1961 and he still owns and operates it after 53-years of business. Located in Wendell, Idaho, the salvage yard has become one of the largest in the United States.
Beginning with a small auto body shop and a tow truck, Harms began collecting cars. Once he had collected enough to attract attention, the City told him to take his cars somewhere else. The father of a young boy who hung around the shop showed Harms an 80-acre piece of land north of town. Harms bought it in 1967 for $8,000. He sold the body shop and concentrated on the salvage yard.
A few years later, as his collection expanded, he bought another 40 acres. “I’ve been here ever since,” Harms said. Since then Harms has been filling up that 120-acres with American history. Harms married Linda Davis in 1993 and changed the name of the yard to L&L Classic Auto, and has operated it as such for the past 20 years. As with most things, Larry decided that it was time to retire, so he put his lifelong work up for sale.
L&L Salvage Yard
L & L Classic Auto has been owned and operated by Larry Harms for over 50 Years. Larry started this once small salvage yard as a body shop with one tow truck and a small property. Larry started collecting what were new cars at the time he would use the parts out of the cars he collected in the body shop. His collection grew over the years and he was then ordered by the City to remove the cars claming they were a “eye sore”, so he started looking for a bigger piece of land outside city limits, that is when he purchased his current location. Larry started moving his cars out to his new location owning both properties for a little time, he then sold the body shop due to the fact that he was making more money at his new location. To this day Larry still has some of those first cars buried out at the “new” L&L Classic Auto.
His ad in Hemmings stated that the land and everything on it was for sale. “It is a piece of American history.” says the Hemmings classified ad, “Probably only 75 percent of this yard is actually inventoried since it was started in the 60’s.”
Until now the Lambrecht Chevrolet dealership auction was the largest private collection of American Cars ranging from the post-war musclecar era. L&L’s salvage yard seems to have taken this standard to a whole new level.
While he claims over 8,000-cars are on the site, conservative estimates place the amount closer to 10,000-cars, boats, buses, tractors and trucks.
Harms is in no hurry to sale either, maintaining that he is looking for the right buyer. First, keep in mind that the cost for all this land starts at $3 million. He is determined to find the right buyer – someone that is willing to maintain the function that L&L has established. Harms won’t sale to anyone that would destroy the cars just to develop the land. “I won’t sell it. I don’t want it crushed. I could do that myself,” he said.
According to Harms, what you are buying is the cars. He is selling them anywhere between $300 and $375 per car, which is a steal if you listen to his staff. You buy the cars and he’ll throw the land, the warehouses full of parts and everything on it, the whole kit and kaboodle for free.
“I will miss this place, but I won’t miss the stress of running it,” Larry Harms told FoxNews.com.