Bumble-bid: Four Camaros from ‘Transformers’ films heading to auction

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Barrett-Jackson will auction four Chevrolet Camaros used in the Transformers franchise for charity. | Barrett-Jackson photos
Barrett-Jackson will auction four Chevrolet Camaros used in the Transformers franchise for charity. | Barrett-Jackson photos

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Four Chevrolet Camaros used in the Transformers films will be offered at the upcoming Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, with all proceeds benefiting military families.

Each Camaro was used to portray the character Bumblebee and features his signature yellow exterior with black stripes. The Camaros will be sold as a group with no reserve price.

The oldest car in the group appeared in the original 2007 Transformers film. It is a one-off concept build that debuted two years before the fifth-generation production model was available in showrooms. The car was later modified to star in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Another Camaro — this one an SS model with a darker exterior and wheels, and wider stripes — was used in Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon.

An aggressively styled 2013 model with sleek headlights that served as a sort of preview for the sixth-generation Camaro was built for Transformers: Age of Extinction.

The final car is from the 2016 model year but has been modified to serve as a possible tease of the 2019 Camaro. It was used in the Transformers: The Last Knight film.

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But there is a catch. Though all of the Chevys have a V8 paired with an automatic transmission, they will be sold under scrap titles and are not road-legal. If you had dreams of driving them on your next mission to save the world, it looks like you’d have to take the bus.

Although they are not drivable, the Camaros are expected to sell as unique collector’s items loaded with bragging rights for Chevy fans and Hollywood movie buffs alike.

Profits raised from the sale will benefit Operation Homefront, an organization that supports military families through various assistance programs. Barrett-Jackson is famous for its diverse charity sales during its auctions, held without auctions fees so that 100 percent of the money from the sales go to the respective worthy causes.

The cars will hit the block on January 19. For more information, head to Barrett-Jackson’s website.

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Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.

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