LOS ANGELES – Burt Reynolds’ custom 1979 Pontiac Trans Am achieved $317,000 at an auction conducted by Julien’s Auctions on June 16, the second day of selling property from the late movie star’s estate. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
The black ’79 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was built by Bandit Movie Cars for Reynolds and his business partner Gene Kennedy. The iconic movie vehicle, synonymous with Reynolds’ iconic character “Bandit” from one of the top box office road movie franchises of all time, Smokey and the Bandit, was the highlight of the two-day celebration.
Reynolds used this car on the 2017 “Bandit Run” as well as on several cross-country rallies that celebrated the 40-year anniversary of Smokey and the Bandit. The car, which has 70,000 original miles, also made an appearance on Motor Trend’s cable TV show, Bitchin’ Rides. Reynolds wanted a Trans Am for himself because Smokey and the Bandit was his favorite film, but all of the original cars used during filming were destroyed. This was his last personally owned Trans Am.
Another vehicle offered from the star’s personal car collection was his custom painted Florida State University Seminole 2014 Cadillac ATS (below) which sold for $41,600. The vehicle with 15,000 miles was painted black with the FSU Seminole spears custom pin-striped on either side and has a Florida license plate that reads “22FSU” – a Reynolds’ jersey number when he played football for his alma mater.
Other high-selling Smokey and the Bandit items included his original 386-page script signed by Reynolds from the 1977 Universal film, which sold for $37,500 nearly 19 times its original starting estimate of $2,000; Reynolds’ signed Smokey and the Bandit scanner and CB radio, which sold for $ $25,000, well over its estimate of $2,000-$4,000; Reynolds’ own 35mm film copy of his most famous film, which sold for a stunning $21,875 (well over its original estimate of $300); a Smokey and the Bandit police car door salvaged after filming was wrapped and inscribed by the star which sold for $10,240 (estimate of $4,000-$6,000); and his “Bandit Jump 2017” hat, which sold for $4,480.
One of the best deals of the auction was the sale of a custom desk, made for Burt Reynolds from the front end of a real 1979 Trans Am, which sold for only $4,375.
Other auction highlights included an oil on canvas portrait of Burt Reynolds’ favorite horse titled Cartouche, which sold for $22,400; an Unforgiven poster signed by the film star’s Clint Eastwood and personalized to Reynolds that sold for $19,200; Reynolds’ custom Florida State University blazer as well as his FSU Seminole leather jacket each sold for $12,800; a Farrah Fawcett sculpture, which sold for $12,500.
Also crossing the auction block were Reynolds’ cowboy boots, western shirts and hats, Cosmopolitan centerfold prints, original leather-bound film and television scripts, artwork, wardrobe, personalized license plates, drivers’ licenses and passports and furniture.