January 30th, 2016.
Later today a piece of movie automobile history is up for grabs today as fans of Smokey and the Bandit get a chance to own the film’s instantly recognizable car.
The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am from the 1977 hit movie – up there with James Bond’s motors and Back To The Future’s DeLorean in film car legend – is up for auction in the US and is expected to fetch well over $450,000.
And the Bandit himself, star Burt Reynolds, has even been on hand to help attract the crowds at the sale.
The car being sold at the Barrett Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, wasn’t actually seen on screen but was a vehicle driven by Reynolds and used to promote the movie.
The actual screen cars were reportedly destroyed after filming wrapped – and you might not want one of them anyway due to the ordeal they went through. Reynolds revealed last year that there was quite a turnover of vehicles during filming:
The remaining 1977 car was sold by Reynolds in 2014 when the 79-year-old actor cleared out much of his movie memorabilia collection, and fetched way above the expected price when it reached $450,000. The car has since been refurbished and is now set to cost even more.
But hey, it’s got to be worth it. After all, how can this classic car jump not still have a place in fans’ hearts?
And if you thought you’d seen the last of the Bandit – aka Bo Darville – it seems that some fans at the auction are determined to keep him alive. Can you tell the difference?