The Bandit’s very own Turbo Trans Am is up for auction
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.
Barrett-Jackson notes that Reynolds will be present on stage for the auction of his car. He’s also signing autographs and presenting two additional second-generation Trans Ams offered by Restore a Muscle Car, a 1977 special edition with only 33197 miles and a 1974 Trans Am Super Duty 455.
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.
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Update: Sold for $110,000, more than double the Hagerty condition #1 (Concours) rating for the 1980 Firebird Trans Am Indy Pace Car.