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Burt Reynolds' Movie Car Collection Headed to Auction

Burt Reynolds' Movie Car Collection Headed to Auction

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.

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The 10 Most Expensive Cars Sold at Arizona Car Week

The 10 Most Expensive Cars Sold at Arizona Car Week

The 2018 Barrett-Jackson auction was held in January in Scottsdale and featured everything from classic cars to pro-builders to celebrity spokespeople and more. The BluePrint team enjoyed speaking with customers and classic car enthusiasts alike while attending the show.  The auction was part of Arizona Car Week, which featured more than 800 cars at Russo & Steele’s auction, 131 cars at Gooding & Company’s auction, 111 vehicles at Bonhams’ one day auction, 114 cars at the RM Sotherby’s auction at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, more than 400 vehicles at the Silver Auctions auction, and 81 vehicles at the Worldwide Auctioneers’ auction,


One of the highlights of the 2018 Barrett-Jackson was seeing a “do-it-yourself” build come to fruition from pro-builder Ron Everitt in conjunction with Factory Five Racing. Throughout the 10-day event, Ron and his team built one of the company’s Mk4 Roadsters, a car designed to look like a legendary 427 Cobra.  At the end of the build, the car went on the auction block and sold for $60,000.


Factory Five’s booth also featured their “Half Mobile”, a unique vehicle that showcases the internal components of the Mk4 Roadster and features a BluePrint Engines 306 engineYou can check out all of the BluePrint Factory Five engine designs we have here.


Barrett-Jackson was just one of more than a half-dozen classic car auctions that were held recently as part of Arizona Car Week, which saw more than 2,600 cars that sold for $248 million combined!


Former President George W. Bush, Jay Leno, and Chad McQueen helped auction a 2017 Ford GT for $2.55 million, a 2018 Corvette Carbon Fiber 65 Edition for $1.4 million and the first production 2019 Corvette ZR1 for $925,000 at the 2018 Arizona Collector Car Auctions.

Here are the top 10 most expensive cars sold at the 2018 Arizona Collector Car Auctions:

  1. 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Speciale Coupe, $8,085,000
  2. 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder, $5,170,000
  3. 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider, $4,455,000
  4. 1931 Bugatti Type 55 Roadster, $4,070,000
  5. 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 S/C Roadster, $2,947,500
  6. 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider, $2,640,000
  7. 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS Spider, $2,530,000
  8. 2017 Ford GT Coupe, $2,500,000
  9. 2014 Pagani Huayra Coupe, $2,090,000
  10. 1948 Tucker 48 Sedan, $1,792,500

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