Burt Reynolds Collection Brings Big Bucks at Barrett-Jackson
1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am “Bandit” Recreation fetches $192,500
Fans of the late Burt Reynolds and his many memorable films had a chance to take home several of the actor's personal cars at Barrett-Jackson's Las Vegas sale this past weekend.
Reynolds' estate carried on with the film legend's wishes to sell five of his privately registered vehicles at the auction, some of which commanded a considerable premium due to their celebrity provenance and Reynolds' recent death.
Topping the sales was Reynolds' personal 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, built to replicate the iconic black and gold star car from the film franchise "Smokey and the Bandit." This car, along with others from the actor's collection, were built to replicate Reynolds' famous movie cars by Bandit Movie Cars Florida, a company founded in 2016.
The final price including buyer's premium was a huge $192,500. Reynolds' second 1978 Trans Am, a red car built to replicate the star car in the movie, "Hooper," sold for $88,000.
For perspective, other 1978 Trans Ams not associated with the actor and painted all gold sold at the auction for $27,500 and $36,300, while a 1976 Trans Am in black and gold livery brought $44,000 and a 1977 blue Trans Am also sold for $27,500.
Other Reynolds-owned vehicles also did well, including a 1987 Chevrolet R30 pickup truck that re-creates the vehicle he drove in the film "Cannonball Run." With its "Indy Hauler" livery, a 496-cubic-inch V-8 engine and upgrades such as air conditioning, power steering and power brakes, the truck sold for $49,500.
Meanwhile, a 1984 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am used by Reynolds to promote his USFL Tampa Bay Bandits football team commanded the same $49,500 price tag.
In total, Barrett-Jackson's Las Vegas auction sold 733 vehicles over three days for over $32.9 million. Most vehicles were sold at no-reserve, leading to a 100-percent sell-through rate—a rarity in the collector car auction world.
Barrett-Jackson's next auction takes place January 12-20, 2019 in the company's hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona.