Three Of Burt’s Own Replicas Up for Sale

If you can keep it on the ground, when they put that hammer down, then you’ll be Vegas bound and a flyin’. Cause how you gonna win if you ain’t bidding.

And by winning we mean this trio of movie replicas from Burt Reynolds’s own collection. A Bandit Trans Am, a replica of the red Trans Am from Hooper, and a big square truck that’ll let you have the coolest tow rig (and trailer load) around.

The three replica cars belonged to Burt and all were scheduled to go up for sale at Barrett-Jackson’s Vegas auction at the end of this week. After his passing, they’re still going up for grabs.

The first is a 1978 Trans Am. Designed to be as close of a replica to the car from Smokey and the Bandit as possible. Except for being a 1978. It’s black and gold and awesome all over. Under the hood is a 400 ci Pontiac V8 from Butler Performance so there’s probably a load of extra grunt. Backing that is a 200-4R which isn’t quite movie correct either, but nobody ever complained about having overdrive.

The second is another ’78. This one in red on black. It’s a copy of the rocket car from Hooper and if you haven’t seen that classic we’re not going to spoil it for you. We’ll just say that the tale of Burt as an aging stuntman has a end of film stunt that’s worth sitting through the rest.

The movie car had a rocket engine, so this replica does too. On top of the nozzle sticking out of the rear bumper, there’s a big tank in the back and an interior that copies the movie car. This one has an Olds 403, used in California and a few other markets.

But the hauler might be the coolest. A squarebody Chevy dually crew cab that’s a copy of the Indy Hauler used in Cannonball Run. Though not used by Burt in that movie. If you’ve seen the movie as many times as we have, you’ve already noticed that the truck should be a GMC. Since the movie truck is based on one from the real Cannonball, and that one was a Chevrolet with 165 gallons of fuel onboard, we’ll allow it. The 496 big block and efi mean that it has enough power for it not to matter.

These cars (and truck) will probably bring big money for some old Pontiacs. Why? Like Jerry Reed said, Smokey and the Bandit is a tale you don’t forget. Everytime you time your hear an engine scream and whine you have to think about ol’ Bandit, ol’ Buford, Frog, and Fred, and Snowman. Their story is a legend that will live on in time. In short, it’s not what you do it’s how you do it.

[source: Barrett-Jackson]