Classic Pontiac Heaven: This Amazing Collection of Over 50 Trans Ams, Firebirds and More Will Be Sold in August

In 1967, Pontiac introduced the Firebird as their response to the growing popularity of pony cars. Although it entered the market later than its competitors, the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro, the Firebird gained its own devoted following, especially after its appearance in the legendary film “Smokey and the Bandit.” Fast forward to 2023, and we discover a hidden gem: a collection of over 50 Trans Ams that showcases the enduring charm of Pontiac’s muscle car.

Recently featured on YouTube’s “VanDerBrinkAuctions, LLC,” this extraordinary collection of Firebirds will leave any car enthusiast awestruck. With more than 50 examples, many of which boast the coveted Trans Am package, it is a sight to behold. Admittedly, some of these cars have weathered the test of time and require restoration, but managing such an extensive hoard of classics is no small feat.

While some of the Trans Ams may be better suited as parts donors, there are hidden treasures within this expansive collection. Certain Pontiacs exhibit the potential to hit the road with minor repairs. Among the array of vehicles parked inside, a pair of Turbo Trans Ams awaits only a thorough cleaning to transform into captivating display pieces.

The story behind this awe-inspiring collection remains a mystery, as our host provides no details. Nevertheless, one can surmise that the owner accumulated these Firebirds over several decades. Originally intending to restore each one, the ambitious project was never realized. Despite this, exploring the second-generation Firebirds offers a nostalgic journey through automotive history.

The majority of the cars in this collection belong to the long-lived second-generation lineage of the Firebird nameplate. Introduced in 1970, this generation remained in production for an impressive 11 years, bidding farewell in 1981. While some may lament the absence of the first-gen models, which hold greater desirability, it is undeniable that the second-generation Firebirds birthed numerous exciting variations.

In its inaugural year, the 1970 Firebird showcased its might with two formidable 400-cubic-inch (6.6-liter) V8 engines. The L74 variant delivered an impressive 335 horsepower, while the LS1, equipped with the Ram Air IV system, boasted a remarkable 345 horses.

Over time, the output of the top-of-the-line powerplant decreased. The 1971 model year saw a reduction to 335 horsepower, followed by a further decline to 310 horses in 1972. As fuel economy and emissions regulations tightened, the 400-cubic-inch V8 suffered additional constraints, resulting in power outputs of 250 horsepower in 1975 and 220 horses in 1977. In 1980, Pontiac made a significant change by replacing the 400 engine with a turbocharged 301-cubic-inch (4.9-liter) V8, producing 210 horsepower—a commendable figure considering the challenging era of the automobile industry.

During this period, the Turbo Trans Am emerged as a standout model. Popularized by its appearance in the 1977 blockbuster film “Smokey and the Bandit,” the Pontiac Trans Am gained immense recognition. Its on-screen fame continued with the Turbo Trans Am version featured in “Smokey and the Bandit II” in 1980.

An extraordinary assemblage comprising of more than 50 Trans Ams, Firebirds, and various other vehicles is scheduled for sale on August 5th, 2023, in Waverly, IA. Bob, an avid collector for numerous years, gathered cars, parts, and even persevered through health difficulties. Unfortunately, Bob has passed away, and now his widow intends to auction off this remarkable collection. In addition to the cars, there will also be a skid loader and an array of tools available for purchase.

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