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BREAKER, BREAKER WHAT’S YOUR 20? The Last Burt Reynolds’ Bandit Trans Am

Written by Nicole Ellan James

2024 PALM BEACH AUCTION – BURT REYNOLDS’ 1977 PONTIAC FIREBIRD TRANS AM – NO RESERVE

“Smokey and the Bandit,” released in 1977, emerged as a symbol of American popular culture, blending action-packed comedy with the allure of the open road. Directed by Hal Needham and starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, and Jerry Reed, the film became an instant hit, resonating deeply with audiences around the world.

At its core, “Smokey and the Bandit” is a high-octane tale of a daring cross-country race against the law. The movie plot revolves around the charismatic Bandit (Reynolds) who, along with his trusty sidekick Cledus (Reed) and his basset hound Fred, accepts a bet to smuggle Coors beer from Texas to Georgia within 28 hours, all while evading the relentless pursuit of Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason). Fueled by fast cars, witty banter, and heart-pounding action sequences – which includes an incredible scene of the Trans Am flying through the air – the film captured the spirit of rebellion and freedom cherished by many Americans.

The movie’s success transcended the confines of the silver screen, permeating various facets of pop culture. The film popularized CB radio jargon, with phrases like “Breaker, breaker” and “What’s your 20?” entering everyday conversation. The iconic black Pontiac Trans Am driven by the Bandit became an instant status symbol of coolness and adventure, sparking a surge in sales for the model and solidifying its status as an automotive icon of the era.

Burt Reynolds’ association with the Pontiac Trans Am also extended beyond the silver screen. Reynolds championed the movie’s success by leveraging his star power to endorse special edition Trans Ams that closely resembled the iconic car from the film. With Reynolds’ endorsement, these Trans Ams became highly sought-after by fans eager to own a piece of cinematic history and a piece of the Bandit. These special vehicles, often referred to as “Bandit” Trans Ams, sported black paint with gold accents, reminiscent of the vehicle driven by Reynolds’ character in the movie.

During the 2024 Palm Beach Auction, Barrett-Jackson bidders will have the opportunity to bid on Bandit’s “Bandit.” While the 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am SE, selling with No Reserve, was not used in the movie, it was however the final Trans Am Burt Reynolds owned prior to his passing in 2018. The black and gold Trans Am is powered by a 6.6-liter 8-cylinder engine paired with an automatic transmission and is currently tagged and titled to Burt Reynolds himself with his famous “BAN ONE” Florida license plate, which has been authenticated by the Estate of Burt Reynolds.

Since Reynolds passing, the Firebird has been cared for by his friend and business partner, Gene Kennedy. It was carefully restored by Bandit Movie Cars in Florida to Reynolds’ specifications. The result is a highly detailed car built to movie-correct condition. According to the consignor, every detail was carefully thought out and discussed with Reynolds, from the correct antenna to the proper tires from the movie. No detail was overlooked.

From popularizing CB radio jargon to immortalizing the iconic black Pontiac Trans Am, the film’s influence has undoubtedly reverberated far beyond the confines of the silver screen. As the 2024 Palm Beach Auction presents the opportunity to bid on Bandit’s “Bandit,” the legacy of “Smokey and the Bandit” lives on. With each rev of the engine and with every bid, the spirit of rebellion and freedom embodied by the film continues to captivate audiences, ensuring its place in cinematic history and pop culture for generations to come. Join us April 18-20 and register to bid on this unique vehicle today.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: BREAKER, BREAKER WHAT’S YOUR 20? The Last Burt Reynolds’ Bandit Trans Am
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Published Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2024 20:58:37 +0000

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Beach Boy: A surf-ready Yamaha WR155R scrambler from Thailand

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Yamaha WR155R scrambler by Dream Fast Co.
A surfboard rack on a motorcycle might seem like a gimmick to some, but if you live in Bali and love surfing, it’s a downright necessity. The Indonesian island is peppered with surf spots—and a small bike with a rack is the best way to get to them. It doesn’t hurt if that motorcycle looks as good as this Yamaha WR155R scrambler.

The bike was built by Dream Fast Co. for Tiw, the founder of the Laem Yah Rayong Surf Club. Both parties are based in Thailand, but the influence came directly from Bali’s motorcycle and surf culture. Tiw has Balinese friends who use vintage enduro bikes to find hard-to-reach surf spots, and wanted to capture that vibe in his Yamaha WR155R.

Yamaha WR155R scrambler by Dream Fast Co.

Dream Fast Co.’s mandate was to take the modern and reliable WR155R and inject it with a big dose of classic Yamaha dirt bike style. It sounds simple enough on paper, but in reality, it meant wading through piles of plastic to shed the WR155R’s contemporary aesthetic.

Once the Yamaha was denuded of its plastics, the Dream Fast Co. crew set about reworking its lines. The subframe was hacked off, and a new one was fabricated, this time with a kicked-up loop at the back. A new seat sits up top; it’s designed for one, but there is a smidge of space out back if you and your passenger want to get extremely cozy.

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Title: Beach Boy: A surf-ready Yamaha WR155R scrambler from Thailand
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Published Date: Sat, 18 May 2024 18:15:34 +0000

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1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This custom 1967 Ford Bronco underwent a full, frame-off restoration in 2020 that was completed in 2022. The frame and all components have been powder-coated in black. The body parts were media-blasted and coated top and bottom in LizardSkin for protection. The powerplant is a 351W with aluminum heads, roller rockers, mild roller cam, 10.25:1 compression and .40-over pistons. An Edelbrock Pro-Flow 4 fuel-injection system controls and monitors the engine components. It also features a CVF serpentine pulley system, K&N filters and an aluminum radiator.

The engine is backed by a C4 automatic transmission built to handle 400hp and includes Kevlar bands, Redline clutches, a 2,000-rpm stall converter and Dana 20T transfer case with twin-stick conversion. Power goes to a Ford 9-inch rear end with a Dana 30 front differential, WARN locking hubs and 3.50-ratio gears. It also features power steering and brakes (front disc and rear drum), new drive lines, a ceramic-coated exhaust system with Flowmaster mufflers, complete Painless wiring, a chrome tilt wheel, 2.5-inch suspension lift with 2-inch body lift, stainless-steel brake lines, six Bronco oil shocks with single steering stabilizer and a BorgWarner steering box with all billet components.

This SUV was finished in a new Bronco Area 51 Blue with the original Bronco Wimbledon White hardtop, roll cage, dash, grille and accessories, and rides on color-matched Ford steel wheels wrapped in Toyo Mud Country tires. The cabin includes high-back bucket seats with a console, a rear seat that folds up, shoulder seat belts and a Vintage Air system for heating and cooling. It also features a Kenwood head unit with back-up camera, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and charging port, and sound going through two 6×9-inch and two 6.5-inch KICKER speakers paired with a 10-inch Fosgate subwoofer.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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Title: 1967 FORD BRONCO CUSTOM SUV: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
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Published Date: Fri, 17 May 2024 15:13:08 +0000

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1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

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1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction

This custom 1964 Chevrolet C10 crew-cab pickup is powered by a 496ci stroker V8 engine mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The exterior is equipped with suicide doors, shaved door handles and custom paint, and the bed of the truck features a hydraulic lift.

Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction, October 10-13, at WestWorld.

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Title: 1964 CHEVROLET C10 CUSTOM PICKUP: Selling with No Reserve at the 2024 Scottsdale Fall Auction
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Published Date: Fri, 17 May 2024 15:12:42 +0000

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