The high-profile Scottsdale auction held by Barrett-Jackson each January is always a spectacle, and 2022 is on track to be no different. The grounds of West World will be rocking from January 22 to 30, filled with hundreds of cars ready to cross the auction block, some of which have ties to major Hollywood celebrities and other famous faces.
Sure to be a highlight of the auction is lot 1421, a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am Special Edition owned by “Smoky and the Bandit” star Burt Reynolds. The iconic Starlight Black-and-Gold Trans Am SE started life as a promotional vehicle before being gifted to Reynolds as a thank you for his role in the success of the film. Equipped with a 180-hp 400-ci V8 engine, a/c, an automatic transmission and T-top roof, the Y82 T/A remained with Reynolds until 2014. The second owner then had the car restored to as-new condition in 2015, with care taken to preserve the hand-painted “Bandit” lettering on each door and the scuff marks left by the movie star’s cowboy boots. The Trans Am includes an engraved dedication plate to Burt Reynolds on the driver’s door and is sold with an autographed copy of his “But Enough About Me” autobiography.
Two other muscle car icons with celebrity ownership are also available. They include lot 1338, a 1968 Chevrolet Chevelle custom 2-dr hardtop from the collection of actor and comedian David Spade, and lot 1366, a 1966 Chevrolet Nova SS 2-dr hardtop owned by NASCAR great Rusty Wallace. Spade’s Chevelle was built by Velocity Restorations and is equipped with a 6.2-L LS3 V8 mated to an automatic transmission. The Nova SS owned by Wallace is also rocking a 6.2-L LS3 V8 power but is backed by a TREMEC 6-speed manual.
Additional celebrity lots include a 1968 Chevrolet Corvette 427 convertible owned by astronaut Alan Shepard and a 1999 Shelby Series 1 owned by Danny “The Count” Koker from the television show “Counting Cars.” Also featured are thee cars comprising the “Fast Saga” Movie Car Collection. They are a 1956 Chevrolet Fleetline custom, 1956 Ford Fairlane custom and a 1987 Buick Grand National.