Monday, February 1, 2016

When comparing the bids, Optimus Prime was a steal

NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick was not shy with his money this past weekend as he reportedly spent nearly $4 million on several vehicles at the Barrett-Jackson Collector-Car Auction in Arizona.

Hendrick paid $1.65 million for three Corvettes from 1955, 1956 and 1957 — all with VIN No. 001. He acquired the first production 2017 Acura NSX hybrid sports car for $1.2 million. He also dropped $525,000 on a 1969 Corvette roadster.

However, Hendrick’s best bargain may have been his $110,000 bid to purchase Optimus Prime, the 1992 custom Peterbilt truck that was used in the first “Transformers” movie.

Hendrick even earned a walk-in spot in the next “Transformers” movie by being the winning bidder.

And the “Transformers” tractor is flat-out cool.

“This thing can do donuts at 70 miles per hour,” the movie’s producer, Michael Bay, said in a recent Fox Sports article.

Optimus Prime was all the more a bargain when you consider that a 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am that served as a “Smokey and the Bandit” promotional car, but wasn’t in the movie, fetched $550,000.