• May 4, 2008
Click on the image to see more high-res shots of this '78 SE Trans Am

Mid-to-late 70's Pontiac Trans Ams have really been picking up steam on the collector car market. While not nearly as powerful as their more muscular 1969-1974 forebears, the later TAs certainly have a unique and gaudy manly-quality about them, helped in no small part by their association with '70s icon Burt Reynolds and, of course, the Smokey and the Bandit movie franchise. The vehicle you see in this auction is a particularly nice example of the breed. As a 1978 Special Edition Y/82 Trans Am equipped with the desirable Pontiac 400 engine with 4-speed manual tranny, this is already a collectible vehicle. The original Hurst Hatches and AM/FM/8-track player and CB radio along with the rare rear-console add to this bird's rarity.

For real Burt Reynolds aficionados, though, this fire-breathing Poncho offers something truly special: his signature on the dash. Not only that, Burt drove the vehicle around while he was in Georgia helping to develop Year One's Bandit Edition replica car and it has been on television numerous times. With all it has going for it, don't expect this car to come cheap. In fact, it's already past $46 grand with days still to go in the auction.


[Source: eBay Motors]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      that's truly unique. Too bad I can't afford to participate for this TA auction I'm a fan of US cars from that period and it's about my age.

      -Nikola (http://www.zeraha.org)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh man! All that for a little under $8K God I miss the old days!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Beautiful car and it looks very well maintained.

      They should hold onto this car until the next Barrett-Jackson auction....with all the history, this car would fetch much more at the auction.
      • 6 Years Ago
      MAN I wish I had kept my '77 Goldenrod yellow (that's er, gold) Firebird Esprit.
      305 Chevy V8, slow as puke, but MAN it was a sweet cruiser, and the chicks loved the black and white doeskin vinyl interior!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Was it goldenrod yellow or gold? Goldenrod yellow is a true yellow. Similar in color to the 2002 Collector's Edition TA.
      • 6 Years Ago
      you can get your own bandit trans-am here:

      http://www.yearone.com/yodnn/Home/tabid/54/Default.aspx


      You can even customize it.

      Stacey David did a segment on this car on "Gearz" (on the SPEED channel).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pardon,...
      I thought that Smokey & the Bandit
      1 used a 1977 Trans Am?
      Not a 1978.

      Correcto?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll bet you can get one of old Burt's autographed toupees for even less, and you can't run it out of oil. either.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How about a gold "Rockford Files" edition?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can you tell me what car wasn't slow in the late de-tuned 70's and 80's? All the manufacturers had dogs in that era. So to sell the car the appearance was the key. For me this car was as hot as you could get.
      Unfortunatly the government is mandating by cafe standards that these de-tuned days are about to return.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey, I learned to drive from that movie, and Blues Brothers!

      I'd love to have one, preferably blue with t tops. They might leak, but then it'd be a Sunday driver anyway; the tops would be on in a garage, not while I'm in it. I'll shove an LS1/6 speed combo in it though, for better fuel economy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Who is Burt Renolds? Is he like Carrol Shelby? Yeaaaahh, Riiiiight. These things should have had a turtle on the hood instead of a bird.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can in no way get across how much this car dominated my childhood. :)
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