Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am sells for $450K

Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am sells for $450K

A black 1977 Pontiac Trans Am promotional vehicle given to actor Burt Reynolds was auctioned by Julien’s last week for 450 thousand dollars. The vehicle was the likeness of those used in the Smokey and Bandit hit comedy movie in the 1970s. The “Smokey” Pontiac Trans Am has a 400 cubic inch engine, automatic transmission, V-8 engine, and a 4-barrel carburetor. Julien’s Auction started the bidding at 30 thousand dollars, and had projected the vehicle to be sold for between 60 and 80 thousand dollars. The Smokey and the Bandit movie starred Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, and Jerry Reed.

Although the Trans Am that was auctioned off was not in the movie, the significant amount of money that the vehicle was sold for indicates the ongoing popularity enjoyed by Burt Reynolds, and the demand for items associated with the Smokey and the Bandit movie. Along with the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am, other personal items and awards associated with Burt Reynolds were auctioned. In total, $2.5 million in sales was realized during the two day auction at the Palm Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Items sold included a Smokey and Bandit jacket for $34,375, a canoe made for the movie “Deliverance” for $17,500, Smokey and the Bandit cowboy boots for $20,000, western shirt for $15,625, and a “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” badge for $5,000.

In addition to memorabilia, Reynolds had personal gifts and awards auctioned including an 18 carat gold watch received from Sally Field for $13,750, 1998 Golden Globe award for $21,250, and a 1990-91 Emmy Award sold for $28,125. Burt Reynolds played many characters in the movies and television. A few shows of note included “Gunsmoke”, “The Longest Yard”, “Boogie Nights”, “Striptease”, and “Deliverance”. In addition to his movie and television successes, Reynolds has been a successful businessman including owning a football team, dinner theater, museum, and a working ranch.

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Burt Reynolds’ “Smokey and the Bandit” Trans Am Car Sells for $450,000 at Julian’s Auction at The Palms