Burt Reynolds’ Trans Am among vehicles offered at U.S. Marshals auction

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A 1965 Buick Skylark is among the 149 cars going to auction after being seized by U.S. Marshals Service | Apple Auctioneering photos

Nearly 150 collector vehicles — including a Pontiac Trans Am formerly owned by actor Burt Reynolds and a variety of American muscle cars, including three Plymouth Superbirds — are being offered at an online auction that ends October 26. The vehicles were seized by the U.S. Marshals Service from the founders of DC Solar.

1978 Pontiac Trans Am was owned by actor Burt Reynolds

According to various reports, DC Solar was founded by Jeff and Paulette Carpoff to produce mobile solar-power generators and raised $800 million from various investors. But the Carpoffs used much of that money to enjoy a luxury lifestyle which included sponsoring a NASCAR team, ownership of a minor league baseball team and a performance by entertainer Pitbull at their Christmas party.

The sale of the 149 vehicles is being conducted by Apple Auctioneering, a Woodland, California, company that specializes in seized asset management and government liquidation auctions. 

1970 Plymouth Superbird is one of three such vehicles on the docket

For details, visit the Apple Auctioneering website.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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  1. I decoded the VIN on the "Trans-Am" and it indicates that the car is a Formula Firebird with a 350-4 Engine. Maybe the Scammers were Scammed…..

    • Could be a studio built car, don’t think so, could be a poorly done clone, but not correct for this, either. I’m thinking the hype of ownership by the Bandit was the point, as real ’77-’78 Trans-Ams and even better built clones are buttocks deep in the hobby. Certainly, the interior and rims are aftermarket, and from the pics it appears that the hood bird is painted, rather than vinyl, which is correct.
      I suspect that the "Burt Reynolds" signed title & other docs are worth more than the car itself.
      Nice, but certainly overvalued.

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