This is a tale of two cars sold at auctions mere months apart. It is the story of a pop culture icon rolling across the auction block. It is the story of time passing and memories fading. The world keeps turning and Hollywood keeps cranking out new movies just like car manufacturers keep cranking out new models. Stars come and go, but there are some that stay with us. This is one of them. Think: Burt Reynolds, Smokey and the Bandit, 1977 Pontiac Trans Am. Nuff said.
An April 24, 2015, Burt Reynolds’ Trans Am rolled across the auction floor and brought in a cool $170,000. Now if you are scratching your head, asking yourself didn’t he just sell another Trans Am a few months ago? Yep. That one was from the movie as well, though it never saw any screen time. It was strictly a promo car and included some Bandit memorabilia items but it still raked in an impressive $450,000.
This Trans Am that sold in April was a “Tribute Car” that the Bandit purchased and fully restored, bringing it to top notch, Bandit condition. The Y82 model sported black deluxe interior, a Hurst T-Top, and a 6.6 liter engine.
It’s the other stuff, though, that makes this a particularly sweet deal. Reynolds graced the car with his autograph twice – on the hood and on the dashboard. The winning bidder also got the Florida DMV title proving that Burt Reynolds was the previous owner. Oh, and he tossed in an autographed jacket and hat for good measure. So it is safe to say whoever won that car really racked up and went home with a piece of American cinematic history. What a deal!
Now go out and rent Smokey and the Bandit. You know you want to.
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