Car that inspired ‘Smokey’ Trans Am won’t be offered at Indio auction

Car that inspired ‘Smokey’ Trans Am won’t be offered at Indio auction

Car owner’s son says they’re still looking for the right sales venue

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 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.


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  • David Freet
    November 7, 2018, 6:09 PM

    Just another child looking for a payday from their parents work and passion.

    • Gordon Stanley @David Freet
      November 8, 2018, 8:15 AM

      I live in Anderson SC; Burt was a Very “Special” Guy!!!
      He Cared for others and Loved to Play a Roll Of “”Taking Risk” Please pass along my info to the Owners of the car. 864-314-7359.

      I Greatly Appreciate it; and God Bless!!!

      Gordon Stanley

  • curtis John
    November 14, 2018, 8:58 PM

    This car is an legend, The Original Bandit, an High dollar museum piece, I seen the two 77 Trans Am sell for over $500k one at Julien’s Auction and one at Barret.
    This Trans Am is the Mother load, If I had to guess this car has the potential to sell for a few million.
    I seen this car at the 40th anniversary in Georgia when the car was unveiled, Hal Needham wife was there and so was Burt Reynolds. This car is the real deal no disputing that..

    If was more liquid I would be a player for sure..

    Best Of Luck