This custom Trans Am has a very interesting history.
Movie car collectors are in for a treat, as several famous Hollywood cars are heading to auction soon. Both the famous 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback driven by Steve McQueen and Eleanor from Gone in 60 Seconds will be crossing the auction block next January. But before then, a rare opportunity to own the iconic Pontiac Trans Am from Smokey and the Bandit has come up. In truth, it isn't one of the cars that were used in the movies, but it does have a very interesting history.
This custom 1978 Pontiac Trans Am hardtop was built for the late Burt Reynolds as a homage to the movie car and wears the famous black and gold livery. It's only clocked up 3,394 miles and features an autograph on the glove box signed by Reynolds that reads "Be Safe! Burt Reynolds."
What also sets this car apart, however, is that it's one of 149 classic and luxury vehicles that were seized by the feds last year as part of an investigation into an $800 million scandal by the now-defunct solar generators company DC Solar. These seized vehicles will be auctioned off by Apple Auctioneering in Woodland, California, this weekend.
The collection includes everything from classic American muscle cars such as Mustangs and Camaros, as well as hot rods and hummers. "It is rare for the US Marshals to hold an auction of such a stunning collection of vehicles," said Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Lasha Boyden with the Sacramento office of the U.S. Marshals. "We've got classic 1960s Ford Mustangs, 1990s Humvees, a 1960 Austin-Healey, and even a 1978 Pontiac Trans Am that was owned by Burt Reynolds as a memento of the car he drove in the movie 'Smokey and the Bandit.'"
The US Marshals auction will be held on October 26. Online pre-bidding for each lot is already underway. At the time of writing, the current highest bid for the Burt Reynolds-owned Trans Am is $65,025.