Last year, a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am belonging to Burt Reynolds far surpassed its estimate to sell for an incredible $480,000 – and now the actor is selling a second car. It is an exact replica of last year’s near half million dollar shocker and will cross the block at Carlisle Auctions’ 23-24 April sale.
Unlike the first Trans Am, which was used to promote the film Smokey and the Bandit and was given to Reynolds after filming ended, the latest car has no such movie history.
It was bought last year by Reynolds before being restored to Bandit specification by Harold Murphy of Murphy Auto Body and Restoration in West Palm Beach, Florida – a personal friend of the actor and the man responsible for rebuilding several other vehicles from his collection. The restoration, which included a Hurst T-top, ‘screaming chicken’ decals and a 6.6-litre V8 engine, is the final Reynolds-endorsed Bandit car to be created.
The car is thought to be the last Trans Am in Reynold’s collection, and will be accompanied by signed reproductions of the hat and jacket he wore during the film. The original jacket sold at auction in 2014 for $32,200, far exceeding its pre-sale estimate of $4-6000.