• The Transformers Bumblebee Camaros Are Going Up for Auction, But There’s a Catch

You cannot take the Bumblebees for a spin and show-off to your friends

The Chevrolet Camaro has been an integral part of the Transformers series from the very beginning. To date, we have seen four Camaros and one Camaro Concept in the five movies that have been made. The yellow Chevy Camaros have served as the vehicle mode of the Autobot Bumblebee. Now, all four Bumblebee Camaros that have starred in the movie franchise will be auctioned in Scottsdale, Arizona later this month.

The Camaro Owes a Thank You to Michael Bay

The Transformers Bumblebee Camaros Are Going Up for Auction, But There's a Catch
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The first Transformers movie gave the resurrected Camaro the ‘career-push’ it needed to take off. In the 2000’s, Chevrolet was preparing to revive the Camaro nameplate with a fifth generation of the muscle car.

Right before the production reveal, the Camaro managed to earn a role in the first of the five movies in a yellow shade as the Bumblebee’s vehicle personality, and the rest is history.

The Camaro became so popular that Chevrolet introduced a special Bumblebee edition of the car.

Chevy Camaro is to Transformers as Audi R8 is to Ironman

The Transformers Bumblebee Camaros Are Going Up for Auction, But There's a Catch
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For the 2009 "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen", the yellow ride received a slight update. The second Bumblebee, based on a 2010 Camaro, starred in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." The next franchise of the movie, "Transformers: Age of Extinction", saw the 2013 Camaro as Bumblebee that came with slimmer headlights and a reworked front and rear fascia. Again, these updates previewed a refreshed fifth-generation Camaro to come, especially in the rear.

The fifth franchise of the movie, "Transformers: The Last Knight", featured the sexiest version of the Camaro, when compared to all the ponies seen on the big screen up to now, which eventually became the sixth-generation of the car.

This 2016 model Bumblebee came with lots of added aerodynamic pieces to the exterior. So, can we say that the Camaro refreshes and design inspirations were taken from the Transformers series?

There Is Always A Catch

The Transformers Bumblebee Camaros Are Going Up for Auction, But There's a Catch
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All the proceeds from the cars will be going to Operation Homefront. The non-profit supports military families in numerous ways with financial assistance and mortgage-free housing.

However, you cannot pick one car of the lot. All the four Bumblebees will be sold together as a collection.

Well, if you like collectibles, this set-of-four may be one of the best things you can buy. However, if you plan to recreate a bumblebee scene, or think about something as little as taking it for a spin in the neighborhood, stop right there. These cars are sold with scrap titles and they are not street-legal, unfortunately. But they are still the original Bumblebees, so expect them to fetch a good value at the auction.

Would you buy these cars with the stay-away-from-the-road stipulation? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Further reading

2012 Chevrolet Camaro Transformers Edition High Resolution Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro Transformers Edition.

2014 Chevrolet "Transformers 4" BumbleBee Camaro High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2014 Chevrolet "Transformers 4" BumbleBee Camaro.

2016 Chevrolet Camaro Bumblebee
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Read our full review on the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Bumblebee.

Source: Barrett Jackson

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