It’s the start of a new year and for many people that means it’s time to buy a new car. There are lots of options, but have you considered the benefits of owning the real Optimus Prime or the real Bumblebee? We’re not talking scale models, but functional vehicles you could drive to work or to the next apocalypse.
Both iconic vehicles are going up for sale through Barrett-Jackson auctions this month so you don’t have much time to save your pennies. Time to clean out that piggy bank.
First up is Optimus Prime, which is a 1992 Peterbilt 379 that Michael Bay thought was the perfect vehicle for the role. It is one of the trucks that was used in filming and has those blue and red flames that every fan will immediately recognize.
There are special details like dark tinted windows, rows of glowing lights, and a custom grille with a silver and red Autobots emblem. Imagine how quickly people will get out of your way when they see that in their rear view mirrors.
It was used for pictures and for stunts so it’s being sold as is. Expect some dings, dents, and scrapes, but that’s what happens when you’re trying to save Earth from certain doom. It’s not street legal and may not be emissions compliant in every state, but who cares? You could park Optimus Prime in your driveway and be the envy of the whole neighborhood.
If he’s a little too much Transformer for you to handle, then you can always place your bid on Bumblebee instead. He was built for the fourth film, Transformers: Age of Extinction, and is currently owned by Michael Bay. He’s a 1967 Camaro SS autographed by Bay and has yellow and black accetns with plenty of Transformers logos thrown about for good measure.
You can’t go wrong if you’re a Transformers fan looking to own the ultimate fan vehicle. There are no reserves so how much these things will fetch is anyone’s guess. It should be noted that no transforming occurs with either vehicle, but that won’t stop you from yelling, “Transform and roll out!” every time you get behind the wheel.