The late great Burt Reynolds starred in countless smash hit Hollywood movies but there was one that made him a certifiable star. Known for several iconic roles from Lewis Medlock (Deliverance), Paul Crewe (The Longest Yard) J.J McLure (The Cannonball Run) and Sonny Hooper (Hooper) – he’ll be remembered most for his character Bo Darville aka the Bandit (Smokey and the Bandit) and a lot of that that was down to his co-star - a black and gold Trans Am.
It helped Bandit outrun the law in the action comedy which was such a huge hit in 1977 that it became the second highest-grossing film of the year, trailing only Star Wars. Famously, it one of Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite movies.
With the tragic passing of the charming star last September at age 82, several items boasting his unique tastes and interests will be going up for auction in June 15 and 16 presented by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills. Property from the Estate of Reynolds features an assortment of fantastic items that were near and dear to the star himself such as cowboy boots, hats, and sports jackets - but the highlight will be his 1979 Trans Am.
The Pontiac was used on photo shoots and was driven on the Bandit Run cross country rally, which re-enacts the journey at the centre of the Hal Needham directed film. The Firebird, which was co-owned by Reynolds and his business partner Gene Kennedy, is expected to fetch up to $500,000 at auction.
After the movie, the second-generation muscle car became an immediate must-have for men and adolescent boys around the world. It bolstered sales for General Motors during the Seventies and early Eighties and although you can buy exquisite examples for around $100,000, there will be thousands of fans willing to pay five times that to own Burt’s very last Trans Am come June.