One of the biggest movies of 1977, involved a pair of rebellious outlaws with a shaggy sidekick, a runaway heroine, a Mutt-and-Jeff pair of tall-short comic relief characters, epic-length chases, spectacular stunts, and endless vehicular mayhem.
Yep, we're talkin' "Smokey and the Bandit," which opened 39 years ago (on May 27, 1977) and wound up grossing more money than any movie that year except for George Lucas' interstellar road adventure. It also launched a truckload of sequels on film and TV, gave Burt Reynolds his most iconic role, helped make movie stars out of country guitarist Jerry Reed and TV sitcom starlet Sally Field, provided a career comeback for Jackie Gleason, and sent Pontiac Trans Am sales soaring!
Earlier this year Trans Am Worldwide resurrected a new 840-Horse Bandit Trans Am as a tribute to the car that starred in Smokey and The Bandit. The Bandit Edition is a Camaro SS that’s been redesigned with the Trans Am’s signature split grille, quad square headlights, ground effects, and a massive rear lip spoiler. Snowflake wheels, a black and gold paint job, a “Screaming Chicken” decal on the hood, and T-Tops complete the iconic look.
And it’s not all show, no go. It gets a thorough mechanical makeover that includes a lowered, tuned suspension, a cold-air intake 7.4-liter General Motors V8 supercharged to 840 hp and a Hurst close-ratio, short-throw shifter on six-speed manual models.
The interior is dressed in custom leather trim and a set of retro-faced gauges. It’s emblazoned all over with its own “Bandit” logo depicting the profile of a man in a cowboy hat with a bandana over his face and has Burt Reynold’s authentic signature on the dashboard.
Only 77 Bandits Editions will be built.
Thinking about purchasing one? Be prepared for a price of $115,000!
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