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Steve McQueen’s ‘The Hunter’ Pontiac Trans Am emerges from barn after 39 years

A 1979 Pontiac Trans Am driven by Steve McQueen in his last movie has been found in a barn in rural Illinois.

The car was driven by McQueen in The Hunter from 1980, which follows the glamorized storyline of real-life professional bounty hunter Ralph “Papa” Thorson.

The car doesn’t play a huge role in the movie, but it was still driven by Steve.

Six Trans Ams were used for the film, and two were wrecked during production as part of a scene where the car gets blown up.

According to Hemmings Motor News, the car was kept in a barn after a dispute between Pontiac and an extra in the movie who used his truck and trailer to tow the car away on-screen.

Harold McQueen (no relation) received the title of one destroyed Trans Am from Paramount Pictures as payment for hauling away two destroyed vehicles to the junkyard.

Pontiac did not sign off on the release of the title for the first Pontiac, and the second one was taken to the junkyard after Peter Levin Pontiac in Chicago Heights refused to take the rusty husk. Harold held on to the first Trans Am for 39 years with plans to restore it but never had the chance.

The Trans Am is now owned by Carlyle Motors, who plans to restore the car back to movie specification.

This has the potential to be the most expensive Trans Am every sold, even exceeding the sale price of Burt Reynolds’ personal Trans Am, although currently the car is “not for sale.”

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