The vehicle that inspired the use of a Pontiac Trans Am as the featured vehicle in the Smokey and the Bandit movie will not be offered at a the EG Auctions sale scheduled for early in 2019 at Indio, California, the son of the car’s owner informed the ClassicCars.com Journal this week.
EG Auctions principal Todd Schwindt also said the car will not be on the docket for the Spring Cars, Stars and Rock N’ Roll Collector Car Auction in early February.
“The car was maybe going to be there,” David Martino said, adding that the consignment was “contingent on me going out there (from Miami). But it’s not a fit for this car. We view the car as more of a superstar legacy piece of artwork, as more than just a car.”
He said he plans to place the car with an auction company soon, but that he anticipates it will not be a typical collector car sale but one with an audience with wider interests than automobiles.
Schwindt said he believed he had a verbal commitment for the car’s consignment, and made his announcement based on that, but added that no contract was signed.