Burt Reynolds made second-generation Pontiac Trans Ams famous when he piloted a 1977 model in Smokey and the Bandit. He reprised his role in Smokey and the Bandit II, but the car was recast with a 1980 model. At this weekend’s Barrett-Jackson auction stage in Palm Beach, one of Reynolds’ own Trans Ams will cross the stage. The 1980 Pontiac Trans Am is a limited-edition Indy Pace Car variant powered by the turbocharged 301-cubic-inch Pontiac V-8. It has only 1600 miles on the odometer.
The Trans Am Pace Car, one of only 5700 built in 1980, comes with the rooftop caution lights and the 301-cu-in turbocharged V-8 that was available only on 1980 and ’81 Trans Am models. With its draw-through 800cfm Quadrajet and single Garrett turbocharger, the first-ever factory Pontiac with forced induction was rated at 210 horsepower and 345 lb-ft of torque.