SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — A muscle car that actor Burt Reynolds made famous in the movie “Smokey and the Bandit” is heading to the auction block.
Reynolds, who died in 2018 at the age of 82, owned the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am similar to the one that was used in the 1977 film. This is not the actual car that Reynolds used in the movie to frustrate Sheriff Buford T. Justice, but it was gifted to him as a thank you for his performance in the cult classic, Yahoo News reported.
The Trans Am, which sports a black-and-gold finish, will be sold Saturday without reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.
As Bo “Bandit” Darville might have said, the car has a great profile -- especially from the side.
Reynolds and Cledus “Snowman” Snow -- played by Jerry Reed -- are attempting to illegally transport 400 cases of Coors beer from Texarkana to Atlanta.
The movie became the second-highest grossing movie of 1977, pulling in $126.7 million at the box office, Yahoo News reported.
The car headed to auction is equipped with a 6.6-liter V-8 engine, according to Barrett-Jackson’s listing.
According to the listing, Reynolds drove the Trans Am on rare occasions before he sold it in 2014. The second owner restored the car while preserving the 1970s flavor of the vehicle.
The vehicle also comes with its Florida title, which was autographed by Reynolds. The winning bidder will also receive an autographed copy of Reynolds’ autobiography, “But Enough About Me.” Other items included with the Trans Am are a late-1970s style Trans Am jacket and a “Bandit” cowboy hat, along with a DVD of “Smokey and the Bandit.”
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