One of the more iconic movies to hit the big screen was Smokey and the Bandit. In that film, “Bandit”, played by Burt Reynolds, led the chase with his partners in crime Frog and the Snowman as they raced to get a truckload of beer delivered in time.
Ever since that movie came out, we’ve been in love with the black, 1977 Pontiac Trans Am, as evidenced by the increasingly large group of fans who participate in the Bandit Run every year. In the video above, the Bandit himself, Burt Reynolds, tells us that many Trans Ams were used and abused for that series. And while it’s been said that none of the original cars still exist today, one vehicle in particular has been found, and it’s been meticulously restored and documented authentic.
This car wasn’t actually used in the film, but it was used by Universal Pictures to promote the film. It was found recently, and the frame-off restoration is a numbers matching 1977 Special Edition Bandit Trans Am. It retains the original drivetrain and has been PHS documented, and this car can be yours in the upcoming Barrett-Jackson auction coming up at the end of January.
Watch as an aging Burt Reynolds describes the car, and try to remember where you were when you first saw Smokey and the Bandit. You might not want to miss out on this one, thought, because not only did Mr. Reynolds sign the vehicle, but he’s planning to be at the Scottsdale, Arizona, auction to meet the new owner. How much do you think it will sell for?