Burt Reynolds’ personal 1977 Pontiac Trans-Am, which was used on the promotional circuit for the classic Smokey and The Bandit film, was put up for sale by Julien Auctions earlier this month with a projected value of $60,000 to $80,000. Whoever made that guess should probably revaluate their career choices, because the car actually sold for an unbelievable $480,000 when it hit the auction block.
We’d expect the actual Trans-Am seen on-screen in Smokey and The Bandit to fetch an easy $500,000 or so, but this car is never actually seen in the movie itself. It was used as a promotional vehicle for the film and was then later gifted to Reynolds, who until now had kept the car in his personal collection. The sale also came with valuable Reynolds memorabilia such as his old suits, signed photographs, trophies and a motorized stagecoach which was used when he married Loni Anderson.
This Trans-Am, of course, has the iconic “Screaming Chicken” decal on the hood, the T-Top roof, matching gold wheels, a 400-cubic inch Pontiac V8 engine with a four-barrel carb, an automatic transmission and a few unique touches such as a gold plaque on the door reading “1977 Pontiac Trans Am Owned By Burt Reynolds” as well as the “Bandit” logo.
We’d rather have four Z07-equipped Corvette Z06s than a 1977 Trans-Am and some of Burt Reynolds’ clutter, considering we could get them for less. But at the same time, we can understand why the ultimate Smokey and The Bandit fan might fork over this kind of cash for the car.