Calling all fans of Burt Reynolds! The famed actor sadly died earlier this month from an alleged heart attack, but now, you’ll be able to feel his presence in a very special way — by taking a ride in one of his famous cars from his many movies!
That’s right, replicas of the vehicles used in some of his iconic films will be featured at the famed Barrett-Jackson auction at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas on September 29. “Universal Studios wouldn’t allow the sale of cars that may have had some frame damage from the stunts performed,” Burt’s friend and business partner, Gene Kennedy of Bandit Movie Cars Florida, said. “The original cars used in the movies were disposed of, due to liability reasons.”
Burt also had the vehicles commissioned because he’s “always loved cars,” as he told the Barrett-Jackson auction prior to his death. “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 and got my contract with Universal, I bought a 1957 T-Bird.”
Some of the vehicles being auctioned off include his 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am from Hopper, his 1984 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, which was the USFL Tampa Bay Bandits team promo car, his 1987 Chevrolet R30 Pickup, which was a recreation from his car in Cannonball Run, and his 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am from Smokey and the Bandit. To make it even better, the prized possessions have been signed by Burt himself and are also registered in his name. “They’re history pieces of time from the ‘70s, and we want to keep them that way,” Kennedy added.
Burt sadly died on Sept. 6 at age 82 and his funeral was on Wednesday, Sept. 19. The actor seemingly died a happy man with no regrets. “I don’t think of my past as anything negative, and if it is, I’ve forgotten it!” he once cracked to Closer. “Regrets are not healthy. It’s best to let go of those things that can’t be changed.” We’ll be placing our bids later this month, that’s for sure!