Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is back...sort of

If you grew up in the 1970s and 1980s and your father happened to be a petrolhead at that time, then you should be familiar with the Smokey and the Bandit films, the first two of which starred Burt Reynolds and a second-generation Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

If you're not familiar with the film series, the story basically revolves Bandit, played in the first two movies by Reynolds and then by Jerry Reed in the third one, being chased by Sheriff Bufford T. Justice (Smokey as played by Jackie Gleason) as he helps transport various contraband materials across the state line of Texas within a predetermined time frame. In all three movies, the Bandit uses a Pontiac Trans Am.

Now, after 2002, General Motors (GM) retired the Pontiac brand, and with it the Firebird nameplate. In 2012 though, GM signed a licensing deal with Trans Am Depot allowing the latter to use the Trans Am name and Pontiac logos in customized version of a new Trans Am using the platform of the current Chevrolet Camaro. The idea isn't new since the Firebird was actually produced using the same platform and the same assembly line as the Camaro from 1967 to 2002.

Well, as the first Smokey and the Bandit film marks its 40th anniversary in 2017, Trans Am Depot is producing a limited run of 77 modern versions of the Bandit's 1976 Trans Am down to the T-top, Shaker hood, and the Screaming Chicken on the bonnet. Best of all, all 77 units have been autographed by the Bandit himself, Burt Reynolds.

Badged as the Trans Am SE Bandit Edition, the limited-edition car reportedly produces 840hp, which should be more than enough to get the modern-day Bandit out of trouble.

Photos from Trans Am Depot's Facebook page

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