A ‘Hoard’ of Smokey and the Bandit Trans Ams will be auctioned outside KC this weekend

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A Kansas Trans Am to be sold by VanDerBrink Auctions/Courtesy photo

A local man’s passion for Pontiacs has grabbed national attention during the buildup to an impressive auction featuring his collection of seventies Trans-Ams.

That era of Trans Am is, of course, one of the most famous movie cars of all time—it’s what Burt Reynolds drove in his Smokey and the Bandit movies—and it’s rare to find a large collection of them.

This Saturday the cars will be auctioned in Tonganoxie, west of KC, along with some parts. Check out photos of the collection here.

The late Bernard Larson was a letter carrier who collected the cars—starting even before the Bandit made them famous. After his passing, Larson’s family contacted VanDerBrink Auction about the stash of Trans Ams, Firebirds and other Pontiacs, which will be sold this Friday and Saturday. The auction is known as The Kansas Collection. Larson, a Navy veteran. spent years collecting and finding Pontiacs and car parts after his first drive in a Pontiac Judge. The collection has 20 Pontiac Trans Am and Firebird models from 1971 to 1981 including a popular white 1974 Pontiac Super Duty Trans Am.

The national auction will be Saturday, June 12, at 10 am and a preview of the collection Friday, June 11 from 10 am-6 pm. To learn more about the auction, go here.

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