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The Trans Am Bandit is Back

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You see this? The Trans Am Bandit is back. There will be 77 made, to channel the 1977 movie Smokey and the Bandit. Each has been signed by Burt Reynolds and each will deliver over 800 horses.

The limited edition run of the Trans Am Bandit Edition debuted recently at the New York International Car Show. They were built by Trans Am Worldwide, a Florida company that has been taking modern Chevy Camaros and turning them into Pontiac Firebirds about 4 years ago. The new Bandit is a Camaro SS reequipped with the signature TA split grille, quad square headlights, ground effects and lift spoiler, as well as snowflake wheels, the iconic black and gold paint job and T-Tops. Looks like it will run you about $115k if you want one — that beats the half million an original will cost you. That one was sold at auction back in February by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, AZ.

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There’s been a bit of a frenzy in the market for Pontiac Firebird Trans Ams connected to the 1977 classic Smokey and the Bandit, though one could say it’s simply a reflection of the current mania in the world of collector cars. The mania certainly hasn’t hit its peak as we’ve just witnessed one of the original movie promo car selling at auction for $550,000.

The car was sold by auction house Barrett-Jackson during its recent event in Scottsdale, Arizona, and on hand to drive it up on stage and later sign it was none other than Burt Reynolds. Yes, the Bandit himself. Recently, Reynolds sold two similar cars he personally owned. One was another promo car that fetched $450,000 and the other was a tribute car that fetched $170,000.

This latest Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was never owned by the 79-year-old actor. Instead, it was titled to the Burt Reynolds Institute for film and Theater that the actor helped established. And in addition to the car, the winning bidder also received a certificate of authenticity from Universal Studios, a plaque from General Motors Company, an original Smokey and the Bandit movie script, film location maps, behind-the-scenes photography taken during filming, an original press release and several other documents.

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