This June 15 and 16, one lucky person will become the proud new owner of Burt Reynolds’ personal 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. The car is similar to what he famously drove in Smokey and the Bandit, and should go for a good-sized fortune. That, and many other personal items owned by the late Reynolds will be auctioned off In Beverly Hills by Julien’s, which is based in Culver City.
For a cool $500,000 you could drive the same car Reynolds used for the Bandit Run cross country rally. The actor also posed with the car for photo shoots, adding further to its value. The 1979 Trans Am has about 70,000 miles on the odometer and reported is in great condition, thanks in part to a recent restoration. It was owned by Reynolds and his business partner, Gene Kennedy, according to Julien’s.
Reynolds died about a year ago at age 82, but his legendary status lives on. Not only is his beloved Trans Am being auctioned, but so are over 850 other personal items like his Cannonball Run belt buckle and the CB radio the actor used during shoots for Smokey and the Bandit 2.
During the fall of 2018, a 1978 Trans Am which was also owned by Reynolds and had been modified to look like the car he drove in Smokey and the Bandit, sold at Barret-Jackson Las Vegas for a whopping $192,500. Two other replica cars were sold during the event, but they didn’t fetch as much money. All this pales in comparison to the 1979 Pontiac Trans Am movie replica car being auctioned by Julien’s.
You don’t need to attend the auction in Beverly Hills to see all the auction and even to have a shot at the Trans Am. Julien’s streams everything online and allows for remote bidding on items.
Source and image credit: The Hollywood Reporter
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