When you think of Smokey and the Bandit, you instantly recall Burt Reynolds and his Trans Am Pontiac raising hell and streaming dust.
The movie character and car rested so deeply on the actor’s mind that he collected three very significant cars directly related to his hell-driving movie career. Recently deceased, Burt Reynolds maintained the love of his own movies by reproducing almost identical cars from his screen life.
Original vehicles shot in the movies were destroyed. The reason being that the production company’s policy demanded that there could be a risk of structural failure after using vehicles in stunts. This is why the actor was required to rebuild replicas.
Lot #709 at Barret-Jackson’s Las Vegas event is one of Burt Reynold’s personal cars. This is an accurate replica of the 1978 Pontiac Trans Am in the Smokey and the Bandit movie as requested by Burt himself. Pictures on the auction website show this replica with movie-accurate CB radio and antenna. The 400 cubic inch V8 has be rebuilt with modern performance upgrades and the website says the that the air conditioning has been modernized too.
Lot #710 at the auction is another 1978 Pontiac Trans Am replica from the movie “Hooper”. This Trans Am is in bright red to match the star car in the movie. The description from Barret-Jackson’s website mentions this vehicle as one of Burt Reynold’s last collectible acquisitions.
Lot #711 is a replica of the dual rear wheeled Chevrolet R30 truck made famous from the high-jump scene in the movie “Cannon Ball Run”. Burt had this vehicle built to match including the Indy Hauler pace truck livery. This would be one smooth ride with it’s 496 cubic inch fuel injected engine and the capable 4L80E automatic transmission.
All of Burt’s vehicles at the auction are at no reserve, but with a 2016 sale of another of Burt’s Trans Am Pontiac fetching $660,000, the prices are sure to go firmly.