One of the most iconic cars in American movie history will be on the auction block this month.
This year’s Spring Carlisle Auction event will be auctioning off a restored 1977 Pontiac Trans Am owned by Burt Reynolds.
Running from April 23-24, the Spring Carlisle Auction will be held at the Carlisle Expo Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. More than 350 cars are consigned to be auctioned off during the 2 day event.
Despite being among the 350 plus cars that will be on the block, this 1977 black on black Trans Am is guaranteed to turn heads. Aside from being designed to match the iconic vehicle from Smokey and the Bandit, the car is owned by the bandit himself – Burt Reynolds.
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Reynolds bought the car last year and had it carefully restored by close friend and Trans Am restoration whiz Harold Murphy of Murphy Auto Body and Restoration out on West Palm Beach, Florida.
The restored car has since been part of Reynolds’ collection and is expected to be the last of his cars that will be auctioned off.
The car’s successful bidder will receive the Florida DMV title that testifies it’s owned by the Smokey and the Bandit star. The Trans Am also carries Reynolds’ autograph on its dashboard and hood, and the new owner will also receive an autographed hat and jacket that the star wore during a photo shoot.
But how much should serious car collectors shell out for this particular Trans Am? Based on Trans Am expert Rick Deiters’ explanation, it’s going to be a lot.
“To find an authentic black on black 1977 TA Special Edition proves to be a mission because only a limited amount of them were produced,” explained Deiters.
“In 2014 alone, ones in museum quality condition sold for over $100,000 and in December of 2014, another ‘77 Trans Am from Reynolds’ collection sold for $450,000,” he added.
And that Trans Am wasn’t in as pristine condition as the one that’s currently up for grabs.