Craig Jackson’s Barrett-Jackson Teams up with Michael Bay, Paramount Pictures to Auction Iconic Transformers Vehicles

  • Paramount Pictures is auctioning Optimus Prime® (Lot
    #1325.1
    ), the iconic truck featured in the first three
    Transformers™ films
  • American filmmaker Michael Bay will auction his 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
    SS (Lot
    #1325.2
    ), which starred as Bumblebee™ in the blockbuster movie,
    “Transformers: Age of Extinction”

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Barrett-Jackson,
The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, announced today
that Paramount Pictures and American filmmaker Michael Bay will auction
two vehicles that starred in the Transformers movie franchise, during
the company’s nine-day 45th Anniversary Auction, from Jan. 23-31, 2016,
at WestWorld of Scottsdale. Up for sale at No Reserve is the iconic
truck, Optimus Prime (Lot
#1325.1
), featured in the first three science fiction action films.
Bay has consigned a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS (Lot
#1325.2
), which was cast as Bumblebee in the latest film,
“Transformers 4: Age of Extinction.”

“The hottest Hollywood stars at Barrett-Jackson come in all shapes and
sizes,” said Craig
Jackson
, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We’re excited that
Paramount Pictures and Michael Bay have chosen us to sell Optimus Prime
and Bumblebee, two of the leading heroes from the Transformers movie
franchise. Our Scottsdale auction is always electric and will serve as
the ideal venue for these two celebrities seeking new homes.”

Like the movie character that it represents, Optimus Prime (Lot
#1325.1
) is big. 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 robot/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, ominous,
glowing blue lights and the trucks two most important and well known
features: the 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.

“I’m confident that Optimus Prime and Bumblebee will be a huge hit in
Scottsdale,” said Steve
Davis
, president of Barrett-Jackson. “These vehicles are part of a
celebrated global phenomenon and have cemented their place in the hearts
of fans who watched them in action on the big screen. The two heroes
will be an exciting part of any collection for movie fans and car
enthusiasts alike.”

Bumblebee is a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS (Lot
#1325.2
) that was featured in the latest Transformers movie, “Age of
Extinction.” Owned by American filmmaker Michael Bay, this Resto-Mod
features 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.

For more information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to www.barrett-jackson.com/bid.
Enjoy the 45th Anniversary Scottsdale Auction in style with a
Barrett-Jackson VIP Experience Package. Information on available
packages and how to be a part of this world-class event is available here.

About The Barrett-Jackson Auction Company

Established in 1971 and headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona,
Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®,
is the leader in collector car auctions and automotive lifestyle events.
The company produces auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona; Palm Beach,
Florida; at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, and Las Vegas, Nevada. With
broadcast partners, Velocity and Discovery Channel, Barrett-Jackson will
feature live television coverage in 2016, including broadcasts in over
100 countries internationally. Barrett-Jackson also endorses a
one-of-a-kind collector car insurance for collector vehicles and other
valued belongings. For more information about Barrett-Jackson, visit http://www.barrett-jackson.com,
or call 480-421-6694.

Contacts

Barrett-Jackson
Corporate Communications
Rodney Scearce,
480-306-8253
Barrett-Jackson Senior Media Relations Supervisor
RScearce@Barrett-Jackson.com
or
Automotive
Media
TimePiece PR & Marketing on behalf of Barrett-Jackson
Aaron
Cook, 214-520-3430
ACook@TPRM.com