Now’s your chance to own a car from Burt Reynolds’ personal collection
The Bandit may be gone, but his legacy lives on. Burt Reynolds’ recent death brought the actor’s films back into the spotlight, along with the star’s cars. Three from his personal collection will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas Auction September 27–29. All three are listed as re-creations.
“The original cars used in the movies were disposed of, due to liability reasons,” says
Reynolds’ friend and business partner Gene Kennedy, of Bandit Movie Cars Florida. “Universal Studios wouldn’t allow the sale of cars that may have had some frame damage from the stunts performed.”
Although these aren’t the cars that were on screen, Barrett-Jackson says they have ownership history that so many re-creations do not.
1978 Pontiac Trans Am
The most iconic Pontiac ever due to its leading role in Smokey and the Bandit , this car has been prepared to be as movie correct as possible. From the black and gold paint to the 400-cubic-inch V-8 nestled under the phoenix cover hood. A Reynolds-signed glove box door and rebuilt drivetrain mean it’s ready for shows or highway runs. Come in, Snowman!
1978 Firebird Formula
Painted bright red, this car pays tribute to the star of the 1978 film Hooper, in which Reynolds did many of his own stunts. The Formula comes with a replica of the silver jacket Reynolds wore in the film. While lesser known than the Bandit car, the combination of t-tops and flashy red paint will still draw a crowd.
1987 Chevrolet R30
Last but certainly not least is the Cannonball Run Chevrolet pickup. Although Cannonball Run was filmed in 1981, this recreation is based on an 1987 Chevrolet R30 and bears the “official truck” graphics from the 1980 Indianapolis 500. It also sports many modern amenities, like a 496 big-block, 4L80E transmission, air conditioning, and power steering and brakes. We don’t advise you jump a moving train with it, but the truck has all the looks of the one that did exactly that in the movie.