While it didn’t actually appear in any of the Smokey and the Bandit movies of the 1970s and 1980s, a 1978 Pontiac Firebird that hits the auction block Friday in Arizona was owned by the star of that movie who drove one exactly like it.
Burt Reynolds is parting ways with his custom-built Firebird, complete with its Butler Performance 8.2-liter 600 horsepower engine, shaker hood … and air-conditioning. Yeah, that was one of the features included in the lot listing from Barrett-Jackson, a self-billed auctioneer of the “world’s greatest collector cars.”
It’s actually one of several replica Firebirds Reynold’s has given up to auction in recent years, with past ones selling for as much as $550,000, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Reynolds starred in the 1977 film with Sally Field and Jackie Gleason. The premise of the film centered on getting a shipment of Coors beer across the Mississippi River to a part of the country which, at the time, it was illegal to sell. Reynolds played Bo Darville – known as the “Bandit” – who purchased the Firebird as a way to run in front of the semi carrying the contraband, hoping to attract attention of the “smokeys” – or cops, including Sheriff Buford T. Justice, played by Gleason.
Smokey and the Bandit earned $126.7 million in 1977, second only to Star Wars: A New Hope. It led to a number of sequels and spin-off television films, although Reynolds only starred in one follow-up, and had a cameo at the end of the third movie in 1983.
You can get all the details on Reynolds’ latest car right here.
In the meantime, the 80-year-old actor has finished work on two films. Shadow Fighter was helmed by indie director Alyn Darnay and centers on the relationship of a homeless ex-boxer and an inner city kid.
Dog Years is an independent feature from writer and director Adam Rifkin, the man behind 2007’s Underdog that starred Peter Dinklage, Jason Lee and Amy Adams.
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