Burt Reynolds car collection consigned to famed Barrett-Jackson auction
September 22, 2018 8:38 AM
by Robert Mann
The late Burt Reynolds was a star of the highest order, but his co-stars, in addition to pretty ladies, were often the cars he drove.
Now, Reynolds’ incredible classic car collection is consigned to the famed Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas starting next weekend. The auction will be conducted at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Thursday (Sept. 27) through Saturday (Sept. 29).
The beloved actor and TV personality, who died earlier this month at 82, left behind replicas of the cars he drove during some of his most famous films. Among the four up for auction is an exact replica of the iconic 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am that was the showpiece of his driving exploits in “Smokey and the Bandit,” co-starring Sally Field, Jackie Gleason and Jerry Reed.
Although the studios kept the originals, or they did not make it out in one piece after filming, the actor told Barrett-Jackson Auction’s website, prior to his death, that he had the vehicles commissioned because he “always loved cars.“
“We had a family car, a Buick, that was probably the first car I drove. I also wrecked it later. But once I signed onto Riverboat (a TV series that ran from 1959-60) and got my contract with Universal, I bought a ’57 T-Bird,” he said. The collection had expanded from there, he said.
More information is available at barrett-jackson.com.