Burt Reynolds’ incredible car collection is heading to the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas this month.
The actor died at the age of 82 on Sept. 6 at Jupiter Medical in Florida, according to manager Erik Kritzer.
He left behind replicas of the cars he drove during some of his most famous films. Prior to Reynolds’ death, he had the vehicles commissioned because he “always loved cars”.
“The original cars used in the movies were disposed of, due to liability reasons,” according to Reynolds’ friend and business partner, Gene Kennedy of Bandit Movie Cars Florida. This is why he had them recreated for his collection. According to Kennedy, “Universal Studios wouldn’t allow the sale of cars that may have had some frame damage from the stunts performed.”
Collectors and fans of Reynolds will be able to see and bid on his recreation of the 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am — which featured in his film Hooper.
A recreation of the1987 Chevrolet R30 Pickup he drove in the 1981 film Cannonball Run, will also be auctioned off.
The actor’s 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am which is a replica of the car featured in his film Smokey and the Bandit, will not be up for auction. The car sold for a record $550,000 during a 2016 auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.
According to Kennedy, the cars are “history pieces of time from the 1970s, and we want to keep them that way.”
The auction is Sept. 29 and will be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, hosted by Barrett-Jackson.
Also, make sure to come see BluePrint Engines at the Barrett-Jackson show in Scottsdale in January.