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VanDerBrink returns to live, onsite auctions June 12

The ‘Pontiac Hoard’ collection up for bidding at Tonganoxie, Kansas


VanDerBrink Auctions, which specializes in the dispersal of large car collections in the American midlands farm country, returns to in-person onsite sales June 12 with the sale of what is being called the “Pontiac Hoard” at Tonganoxie, Kansas. 

For those unfamiliar with Midwestern geography, Tonganoxie, a community about 5,600 people, is about 30 miles west of Kansas City,

VanDerBrink returns to live, onsite auctions June 12
1974 Pontaic Trans-Am Super Duty has 455 V8 and 4-speed manual

“All it took was that first drive in a Pontiac Judge, and Mr. Larson was hooked,” VanDerBrink says in introducing the auction on its website. “He had many cars through the years, but Pontiacs ruled the garage.”

The late Mr. Larson worked for the U.S. Postal Service and after his retirement he “spent many hours collecting Trans Ams, Firebirds,and other Pontiacs. 

“He was constantly going to swap meets and looking for cars and accumulated a large assortment of Pontiac parts in the process.”

VanDerBrink reports that the docket includes nearly 20 Trans Am cars, from 1971 – 1981  in original condition. Among them are a 1974 Super Duty with a 455cid V8 and 4-speed transmission, and a pair of 1979 10th anniversary models.

VanDerBrink remained active and open during the coronavirus pandemic with online-only auctions. 

Following the Pontiac Hoard sale, the company has sales of collections scheduled for June 26 at St. Paul, Minnesota; July 24 at Fostoria, Iowa; August 14 at Rutland, Vermont; August 21 at Marne, Iowa; and August 28 at Holland, Minnesota. The sale in Vermont, well away from Midwest farm country, features Indiana motorcycles. 

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


  1. I’ve yet in over 30 years have I ever seen a 1972 Pontiac trans am. I know of a person who dose have a very nice 72 trans am. You always see 👀 71 73 74 but when is the last time you seen a true trans am. The guy has a very high and rare option. I’d like to see 👀 anyone out there that has one and in the condition his is in. Good luck 👍 👀.


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