Now that’s not a sum which must have made anyone at GM happy. But the winning bidder may have been quite pleased to have got four Transformers Bumblebee Camaro movie cars at $500,000.
Travis Knight’s Bumblebee solo movie recently crossed the $400 million mark at the global box office. That gives fans of the new breed of Transformers movies a lot of hope on a sequel being green-lit. Meanwhile, the remnants of the Michael Bay-era got auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson, Scottsdale event fetching a not-so-impressive price. Four Bumblebee Camaro movie cars from Bay’s action flicks managed to get a total of $500,000 in the group sale.
$500,000 is, in fact, an unexciting figure for a collection of popular modern-day movie cars, especially since the 1967 restomod Camaro from Age of Extinction was auctioned off at the 2016 event for $167,000. The Camaro brand and Bumblebee character are so much connected that a yellow Camaro with black stripes often get the “Bee” reference. GM even launched Bumblebee Edition cars to cash in on the popularity and the sales have reported surges around the time of a Transformers movie release.
The prospect of owning four out of five original movie cars from the franchise should have made this auction a more tightly contested one. Anyway, things didn’t go according to GM’s plan and the winning bid closed at $500,000 for all four cars together. Since these vehicles are being sold with scrap titles, they can’t be driven on the streets. This could be one of the reasons for the final bid settling in the $500k territory.
All proceeds generated from the auction of the Bumblebee Camaros will be donated to Operation Homefront – a non-profit that supports military families in with financial assistance and mortgage-free housing.
If anyone’s wondering why the Chevrolet Camaro from the first movie wasn’t part of the auction, do note that it wasn’t a production model which starred in the 2007 blockbuster. GM had issued a running concept car for filming the big-budget Paramount production.
Source: Motor Authority