Burt Reynolds’ 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 'Bandit'

Burt Reynolds’ 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am ‘Bandit’ sold

There’s so much going on in the world right now that the recent passing of actor Burt Reynolds got somewhat lost in the shuffle. However, at the height of his fame, the man was a certifiable Hollywood star, synonymous with a range of classic films. Among them was 1977’s Smokey and the Bandit, a car-themed action comedy that might very well be the work for which he’s best known. In the film, Reynolds played Bandit, a thrill-seeking beer baron with the law on his tail, and a hot hitchhiker (played by Sally Field) by his side. When not driving a truck, Bandit’s ride of choice was a now-iconic 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Meanwhile, a re-creation of that very same car fetched just under $200,000 USD at auction.

Burt Reynolds’ 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 'Bandit'

While the “Black Bandit” that just sold might not be the same exact one from the film, don’t mistake it as a mere imitation. Indeed, not only was the 1978 trans am car created under the supervision of Reynolds himself, but it was part of his personal collection. Specifically, the actor wanted a ride that was true to the original in terms of design, but adorned with modern touches like a new air-conditioner, a 200-4R automatic transmission, and a rebuilt Pontiac 400ci engine with new Butler Performance parts. Pair that with a black paint job, black upholstery, and the unmistakable Firebird logo, and you end up with a modified heritage stunner that might as well have leapt off the big screen.

Burt Reynolds’ 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 'Bandit' interior

For those who would love nothing more than to get their hands on a piece of Hollywood automotive history, you’re a little too late this time around. On the other hand, you just saved yourself a boatload of money, $192,500 USD to be exact.

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Burt Reynolds’ 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 'Bandit' engine

Burt Reynolds’ 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 'Bandit'

Burt Reynolds’ 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 'Bandit' rear


Jacob Osborn

Jacob Osborn is an accomplished author and journalist with over 10 years of experience in the media industry. Jacob holds a Bachelor's degree in English and Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin--Madison and has previously written for Stacker alongside co-authoring a Young Adult novel through Simon & Schuster. Now based in Portland, Oregon, Jacob specialises in entertainment, technology and alcohol reporting. You might find him crate-digging at the nearest record store or sampling whisky at the nearest bar. He daydreams of travelling around the world, but for now, the world will have to come to him by way of lifestyle products, gear, gadgetry, and entertainment. Let's call it a happy compromise while he saves up for the next big trip.