This truck didn’t earn an Oscar, but it may win over some high bids.
Optimus Prime, or rather the truck that portrayed one of the crime-fighting characters in the action film “Transformers,” is going up for auction this month in Scottsdale, Az., according to a Barrett-Jackson press release.
The film’s director, Michael Bay, was so impressed with the 1992 Peterbilt 379 that he opted to use it instead of a cab-over design which is depicted in the original Transformers comic book.
Optimus Prime will be joined at Barrett-Jackson’s auction by its co-star, Bumblebee, a 1967 Camaro SS that will also be sold to the highest bidder.
The truck features a Caterpillar L6, 14.6-liter diesel engine. Barrett-Jackson says that while the truck is functional, it is not street legal. The Camaro’s fuel-injected Corvette LS3 engine is paired up with a 6-speed overdrive transmission.
Both the truck and the Camaro are being sold without reserve. The televised auction will take place from Jan. 23 to Jan. 31.