East Bound and Down: Pontiac Trans Am belonging to the Smokey & The Bandit star sells for an amazing $480,000 in US memorabilia auction
With an estimate of $60,000-$80,000, Burt Reynolds’ personal Pontiac Trans Am absolutely annihilated all expectations – ending at an incredible $480,000. That's the most ever paid at auction for a standard Trans Am.
The car was originally used for early promotional work for Smokey & the Bandit, and eventually given to Reynolds following the release of the film for his collection. Although identical in looks, this one-off model never actually appeared in the film.
By 1977, the 6.6-litre V8 engine was producing somewhere around the 185bhp mark – thanks to all of the power-sapping emissions kit. This particular version was fitted with an automatic transmission too.
Black with the iconic golden Firebird logo on the bonnet, and custom Bandit logos on the car, anybody who remembers the classic 1970s film will instantly recognise it. The Pontiac also features a plaque on one of the door shuts to authenticate the car’s provenance.
Sold by Julien’s Auctions, usually concerned with consigning celebrity memorabilia, the Trans Am was just one of many items offered from Raynolds’ personal collection.