The Optimus Prime 1992 Peterbilt 379 Is Now On Auction
Who doesn’t love the flagship Peterbilt truck, the 379? Introduced in 1987, the Peterbilt 379 has been the face of Peterbilt and PACCAR Inc. ever since. While the Peterbilt 379 has been featured in various movies and media, its popularity in the world of entertainment is more apparent if you happen to be a fan of the Transformers film series.
Optimus Prime, the Autobot leader, donned the Peterbilt 379 truck when he’s not fighting against evil Transformers from the other worlds. Featured in the first three installments of the live action films, the Optimus Prime is now up for auction, along with its humble associate the Bumblebee.
The Finest by Barrett-Jackson
The 1992 Peterbilt 379 Optimus Prime is on auction by Barret-Jackson, one of the largest collector automobile auction organizers in the world. With its fiery red and blue flame exterior and black and red interior, the Optimus Prime certainly looks like a treat for the ultimate fan. The event is to be held at WestWorld where the 1992 Peterbilt 379 aka the Optimus Prime, and the 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS aka the Bumblebee will be sold to the highest bidder, in front of more than 300,000 in attendance and over 5.5 million people watching worldwide.
The 1992 Peterbilt 379 is truly a work of art, but the artists and illustrators had to work extensively to do justice to one of the most important characters in the Transformers series. The Peterbilt 379 was featured in Duel, one of Steven Spielberg’s early classics, so Michael Bay, the director of the live action Transformers series, decided to go with Peterbilt for Optimus Prime as a gesture to the legendary filmmaker.
A Fan’s Fantasy
Despite facing initial backlash from avid fans for the using Peterbilt as the face of Optimus Prime, and for using the Camaro SS as Bumblebee where the original robot featured the classic Volkswagen Beetle, both automobiles would eventually be well received for their well thought out design. The 6-cylinder, 14.6-liter truck is listed on Barrett-Jackson’s website and will be up for auction at the Scottsdale 2016.
The 1992 Peterbilt 279 is officially a picture and stunt vehicle and is sold ‘as is’ with ‘all its faults’. The truck is currently subject to execution by Paramount and is currently not street legal but only for display purposes. On top of that it may not be emission compliant in all the 50 states, but there’s no questioning that whoever decides to pay the top dollar will be tempted to take the Optimus Prime on the highway. The Bumblee Camaro SS is also on auction and currently owned by none other than Michael Bay himself! – See more at: http://truckernews.com/the-optimus-prime-peterbilt-is-now-on-auction-p605-90.htm#sthash.mAQzvmFB.dpuf