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When Burt Reynolds drives a Trans Am, it goes from Pontiac to legendary.

If a celebrity once owned or used something its value goes up considerably. We bleed on a sock and it goes in the washer. Curt Schilling bleeds on a sock it's sold for thousands of dollars. The same is true with cars, which brings us to today’s CarBuzz Real and Fake. Three of the four cars here were actually sold or listed for the outrageously high prices mentioned. Can you spot the phony? As always, leave your best guess in the poll or comment section and no Googling.

Rap is filled with an infinite amount of references to Al Pacino’s “Scarface.” The drugs, money and power are often referenced, but little is said about the film’s cars. Well, someone spent a pretty penny on the Cadillac Series 62 Convertible that Tony Montana drove in the film. How much, you ask? Try a cool $1.1 million. That’s a lot of coin, but think of all the coke you can do inside its cheetah print interior!

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Burt Reynolds and the Pontiac Trans Am go together like peanut butter and bananas. That is, even if you’ve never seen them together before, once combined the pairing makes perfect sense. Reynolds recently fell on hard times and was forced to sell off a ton of stuff, including a 1978 Trans Am used to promote the film “Smokey and the Bandit.” The winning bid was $488,000, which included a copy of the actor’s famous centerfold shoot for Cosmopolitan.

If you have a spare $1.75 million in your piggy bank then you, my friend, can own Sonny Crockett’s Ferrari Testarossa from “Miami Vice.” Now a Ferrari will always be a Ferrari, and this one has only 16,000 miles on the dash. Still, $1.75 million buys a lot of car, and driving around in Crockett’s old car requires a visit back to the 1980s. Do you really want to go down a road littered with neon colors and white linen pants?

Owning a submarine car sounds pretty damn cool, right? Rinspeed’s sub-car is great and all, but James Bond’s Lotus Espirit sub from “The Spy Who Loved Me” is infinitely more awesome. If you have $1,000,000 lying around you can pick up a REPLICA of said sub. That’s right, this thing doesn’t even go underwater, let alone drive. Think of it as a $1 million dollar mantelpiece warmer.

Separating the real from the fake is never easy, especially when a ton of money is involved. Burt Reynolds did get a bit less broke from selling his Trans Am. Crockett’s Ferrari can be yours if you have $1.75 million in your piggy bank. So, is Bond’s replica sub bunk or is the seller of Tony Montana’s Cadillac having a coke dream? The Lotus is totally real and available now on eBay if you can find it. The DEA wins this round as the Cadillac is the fake and if this is the car you were looking to put a bid on, take heart in this small consolation prize - you can still prove that you are an office badass by buying a scale model version on Amazon for your desk.

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