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Burt Reynolds’s Iconic ‘77 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Is Heading to Auction

Burt Reynolds’s Iconic ‘77 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Is Heading to Auction

Burt Reynolds and the Pontiac Firebird Trans Am are two American icons that have been inextricably linked since the ’70s. The late actor famously drove the muscle car in the sleeper hit Smokey and the Bandit, before he added one to his own collection. Now, that very Trans Am is heading to auction.

The car in question is a pristine 1977 Trans Am Special Edition that sports a striking black-and-gold finish. The promotional vehicle was gifted to Reynolds as a thank you for his top-notch turn in the famed 1977 flick. To be clear, this is not the Pontiac that appeared on screen, but it’s certainly a star in its own right. It’s also the only ‘77 Trans Am that Reynolds ever owned. The retro gem will go under the gavel without reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale auction this coming Saturday.

For the unversed, Smokey and the Bandit follows two bootleggers, Bo “Bandit” Darville (Burt Reynolds) and Cledus “Snowman” Snow (Jerry Reed), who are trying to illegally transport 400 cases of Coors from Texarkana to Atlanta. After a relatively modest release, it went on to make $126.7 million to become the second-highest-grossing movie of ‘77.

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Under the hood, the black beast is equipped with a 6.6-liter V-8 mated to an M40 three-speed automatic transmission. Rated at 185 hp and 320 ft lbs of torque, it delivers just the right amount of oomph for a bandit. The car was also optioned with a twin-hatch T-roof, black leather interior and the all-important A/C.
The legendary leading man reportedly only drove the vintage four-wheeler on rare occasions, before he eventually sold it in 2014. The second owner meticulously restored the car to its former glory, all the while preserving the hand-painted “Bandit” lettering atop each door and the scuff marks left by a certain bandit’s cowboy boots on the driver’s sill plate.
That’s not the only sign of Reynolds. The actor also autographed the glovebox and there is an engraved dedication plate on the driver’s door. The car also comes with a signed copy of Burt Reynolds’ autobiography, a 1970s-style Trans Am jacket and a “Bandit” cowboy, as well as a copy of the film that started it all.

Val Kilmer’s Old ’68 Pontiac GTO Convertible Is Heading to Auction This Weekend

Val Kilmer’s Old ’68 Pontiac GTO Convertible Is Heading to Auction This Weekend

Muscle cars don’t come much cooler than the Pontiac GTO. And a particularly desirable example of the muscle car is about to hit the auction block—that is, if you’re a fan of Val Kilmer.

Mecum Auction will put a stunning 1969 GTO convertible that the Iceman himself used to drive up for bid as part of its annual Monterey Car Week sales event this coming weekend. The commanding drop-top has been given a full makeover since changing owners and might even look better than it did when the actor was tooling around in it.

Val Kilmer’s old 1969 Pontiac GTO convertible 

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First introduced in 1963, the GTO is one of the cars most responsible for popularizing the muscle car in the US. The powerhouse proved to be such a hit that several other GM brands introduced high-performance coupés of their own, including the Chevrolet Chevelle, Oldsmobile 442 and Buick Gran Sport. The Top Gun star is said to have loved his GTO, but parted ways with it in the middle of last decade. Since then, the car has undergone a frame-off, a full, ground-up restoration that even changed its body color.

Inside Val Kilmer’s old GTO 

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While classic car purists may be let down by this, that feeling such dissipate once you get a look at the car. The GTO, which was formerly light blue, is now coated in a rich black with a mirror finish. The reimagined interior is done up in cream white leather, has a new dash and gauges, a custom vintage-style radio and an OEM shifter positioned in the center console. The soft-top is also cream white, giving the car an appealing high-contrast, two-tone look. It’s a true beauty.
Pop the hood and you’ll find that just as much attention was paid to the car’s matching-numbers engine. The 6.8-liter Pontiac V-8 is mated to a rebuilt, four-speed transmission and has been upgraded with a dual-snorkel air cleaner, polished intake manifold, Patriot headers and upgraded belt pulleys. Performance numbers haven’t been made available, but when new the engine was capable of generating between 265 and 370 horsepower. Suffice to say, the GTP can go fast.

Under the hood of Val Kilmer’s old GTO 

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Kilmer’s old GTO is one of the star lots of Mecum’s Monterey Car Week offering and is schedule to hit the block this Friday. Expect to pay somewhere between $120,000 and $140,000 to get your hands on the drop-top, which is significantly more than the $29,000 it sold for in 2017. All that work comes at a cost, apparently.

Check out more photos of Kilmer’s old GTO below:

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