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Paramount Pictures and filmmaker Michael Bay will auction two vehicles that starred in the Transformers movie franchise, during the nine-day Barrett-Jackson 45th Anniversary Auction, set for Jan. 23-31 at WestWorld of Scottsdale, Arizona.
Up for sale at no reserve is the iconic truck, Optimus Prime, featured in the first three science fiction action films. Bay has consigned a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS, which was cast as Bumblebee in the latest film, “Transformers 4: Age of Extinction.”
Like the movie character that it represents, Optimus Prime is a BIG rig. An entire team of artists and illustrators worked tirelessly, drawing potential trucks and cars, trying to zero in on just the right look for each vehicle. When the film’s production designer showed Michael Bay a photo of the enormous tractor trailer, the director was immediately taken by the lines and size of the truck. Specs include a custom bumper, headache rack, dark tinted windows, glowing blue lights and the truck’s famous blue-and-red-flamed paint job and Autobots badge mounted prominently to the grille shell. Optimus Prime is a fully functioning vehicle with a real VIN and a title in Paramount Pictures’ name.
Bumblebee is a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS Resto-Mod featuring custom suspension, an LS3 Corvette engine with overdrive transmission, and Wilwood brakes with added stunt caliper. The exterior is finished in satin black paint with high-gloss yellow accents and custom carbon-fiber fender flares and air dam. The car was also included in a March 2015 Architectural Digest feature of Bay’s cinematic Los Angeles home.