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Mecum Auction Winner Will Make Out Like a Bandit

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On: Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 12:24PM | By: Gary P Garry


Mecum Auction Winner Will Make Out Like a Bandit

Some movies are great films according to the critics. As a guy watching a movie, sometimes I agree with the critics, and sometimes I don't.

Aside from the artistic masterpieces, there are other movies that are just plain fun to watch. Everyone may not see what is good about a given film, and it may be impeachable, but there is no accounting for taste.

It may not be a cinematic masterpiece, but I have always thought that Smokey and the Bandit is a completely entertaining film. I watched it a long time ago, and every few years it pops up at the right time and I find myself watching it again, and I still buy in.

Burt Reynolds is thoroughly engaging in the movie as far as I'm concerned, even if you have to suspend your disbelief in some ways. He is remembered for Smokey and the Bandit and other films that may not be lavishly praised by the intelligentsia, but he has also been critically acclaimed at times.

He was nominated for an Academy Award for his role in Boogie Nights, and he captured a Golden Globe for that role.

Reynolds drove a beautiful black Pontiac Trans Am Special Edition with a T-Top in Smokey and the Bandit, and he subsequently drove a 1978 Trans Am in real life. The car is black with gold pinstripes, there is that iconic gold bird on the hood, and it has a black interior with "Bandit" embroidered leather seats.

Under the hood there's the WS6 performance package with a 6.6-liter V8 engine, and it's got an automatic transmission, power steering and brakes, and you guessed it, a top-notch CB radio.

The Reynolds Trans Am has just 15,881 miles on it, and these are original miles. Everything is documented, and there is tangible provenance that comes with the car. Reynolds drove the car until 2009, but most recently it has been on display at the Wellborn Musclecar Museum in Alexander City, Alabama.

Now that we have set the stage, we can tell you that this car can be yours. On January 16th through the 25th there will be a very sweet Mecum Auction in Kissimmee, Florida that will feature cars from the Wellborn Musclecar Museum. The Bandit Trans Am that was formerly owned by Burt Reynolds will be on the block.

This would be an amazing car to own, and it will be interesting to see how high the bidding goes. A car like this without any connection to someone like Reynolds would go for around $50,000, but I have a feeling that the Bandit car will go for a whole lot more than that.

12-3 arm




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