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As the '70s finally came to a close, there was just one bastion left for enthusiasts of classic American muscle cars: the Pontiac Trans Am. This is the car that was forever immortalized by Burt Reynolds and the Smokey and the Bandit movie franchise. As if the standard TA wasn't outlandish enough with its Screaming Chicken hood emblem, Pontiac capitalized on the movie's success with a Special Edition model that replicated the black and gold paint scheme of the movie car. This particular example is just about as pristine as you will ever find, having fewer than 500 original miles showing on the odometer. The oil has never been changed, and the original air still pressurizes the original tires. That's got to be worth something, right? Apparently, it's worth exactly $79,200, which is what this one went for after auction fees at this year's festivities here at Barret-Jackson. See the official auction description after the break.

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1980 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Bandit Special Edition:

An original car with less than 500 original miles. A special ordered, completely loaded car with all options available at the time. Still has the original paint, decals, tires, oil, belts, hoses and air in the tires.

This very rare and low production Special Edition Trans Am has it all. There are no excuses. The original "Bandit" car that was immortalized in the "Smokey and the Bandit" movies starring Burt Reynolds. This is one of the most recognized and famous of all movie cars ever. This car was purchased from the widow of the original owner in its 100% original form with less than 500 original miles. It was special ordered completely loaded with all options available at the time. It still has original paint, decals, tires, oil, belts, hoses and air in the tires. This is a time capsule opportunity of a lifetime. It is a museum-quality car that is possibly one of the lowest original mile cars on the planet. It is documented with all its original books, papers and PHS (Pontiac Historic Services) verification. This car cannot be replaced. Original cars are only original once. This car is for the person who demands only the best.

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