The Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, which ended last weekend, was marked by several records. We’ve already told you about the sale of the first 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, but we absolutely have to say a word about the 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am that belonged to the late actor Burt Reynolds.
Made famous by her role in the film Smokey and the Bandit (Run after me sheriff), the car found a buyer for the sum of US$495,000, or the equivalent of Canadian$628,000 with the current exchange rate.
To put it into perspective, the manufacturer’s suggested price at the time was $8,082. The insurer Hagerty, which specializes in classic and collector cars, estimates that a copy in good condition would be worth $79,700 today.
In May 2020, the same Burt Reynolds’ Trans Am ended up on auction site Bring a Trailer where it raked in a winning bid of $172,000, nearly a third of the price paid at Barrett’s auction- Jackson. Such an outbreak in 20 months is exceptional.
The sale also included a jacket, a hat and a copy of the autobiography But Enough About Me all signed by Reynolds.
The actor had received the car as a gift following the success of the film. He kept it until 2014, having refreshed the paint, the seats and the carpet, in addition to having the inscription “Bandit” added to the driver’s door. Under the hood adorned with the famous golden bird emblem is a 6.6-liter V8 mated to a three-speed automatic transmission.
A restoration was carried out by the second owner and Reynolds was able to sit back inside one last time and autograph the glove compartment before his death in 2018.
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