The late actor Burt Reynolds is perhaps best known for his role as Bandit in the 1977 blockbuster Smokey and the Bandit and its sequel, and synonymous with his character is his sleek Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Conjuring images of high-speed chases down the vast highways of the American South, the ´Black Bandit´ was so beloved by Reynolds that he had a custom recreation made to the specifications of the movie in 1978. At this year´s Barrett Jackson car auction in Las Vegas, the leading car collector and automobilia auction in the US, this one-of-a-kind vehicle sold for $192,500, modernized with a new transmission and engine.

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bandit car auction Burt Reynold´s recreation of the Pontiac Firebird in the movie

The Barrett-Jackson auction, which spanned three days, drew serious car aficionados and collectors with a wide range of exclusive autos. The highest ticket item was the Porsche Spyder 918, a legendary supercar renowned for its masterful engineering that fetched $1.76 million. Production on these luxury hybrid automobiles began in 2013, and the 918 units sold out by the end of 2014 at prices starting from $845,000. The specifications are astounding: the car can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 2.2 seconds, boasts a 4.6-liter V8 engine and can attain speeds of 211 miles per hour.

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Among the other notable sales were a limited-edition 2018 McLaren that sold for $372,000, a 1999 Shelby Series 1 convertible for $205,000 and a 2018 Dodge Challenger Coupe for $198,000. In addition, over a million dollars was raised for charities such as the American Heart Association and Project Road Warrior Foundation with the sale of six charity vehicles, including a 1956 Ford Thunderbird convertible for $295,000.

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