Smokey and the Bandit is one of those quintessential 1970s car movies with insane premises, but tons of fun. After all, the basic plot of the film is about distracting the police to transport cases of Coors beer cross-country. While Burt Reynolds receives top billing, the real star is definitely his black Pontiac Trans-Am. Now, there’s a chance to posses one of these muscle machines actually owned by Reynolds, and it’s already proving quite popular.
The car is a ’77 Trans-Am with the famous, gold screaming chicken proudly on the hood. However, while this is a piece of Reynolds memorabilia, it’s not really part of cinematic history. According to the listing, this example was used as a promotional vehicle and then given to Reynolds with a title showing him as a previous owner for proof.
Still, there’s 400-cubic-inch (6.55-liter) V8 under the hood with a 4-barrel carburetor and an automatic transmission. A plaque inside the driver’s door proclaims the car as a “1977 Pontiac Trans Am Owned By Burt Reynolds,” and there’s a Bandit logo on the door.
This is just one lot of Julien Auction’s sale of Reynolds memorabilia on December 11 and 12 at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV. Bidding is already running online, and the Trans-Am is up to $130,000, as of this writing. For the true Reynolds fanatic, the auction also lists the motorized stagecoach from his wedding to Loni Anderson. It rides built on an International Harvester Scout frame with an interior reportedly from Dolly Parton.
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