Own a Camaro-Based Trans Am Signed by “Smokey and the Bandit” Star Burt Reynolds
If superspy Sterling Archer uses Google Alerts, he’s going to be unreasonably excited whenever he wakes up from his absinthe-induced slumber and sees the news that a company called Trans Am Depot is selling 77 Smokey and the Bandit-themed Firebird Trans Am cars, all of which are autographed by Burt Reynolds himself.
The limited edition “Trans Am SE Bandit Edition” is inspired by the iconic black Pontiac Firebird Trans Am that Burt Reynolds drove in the 1977 action comedy Smokey and the Bandit, a classic road trip movie about one man’s brave attempt to smuggle Coors beer into Georgia. The company licensed the Trans Am name and logo from GM, and is producing these “Bandit” Trans Am vehicles from rebuilt Chevy Camaros.
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In a new video, Burt Reynolds introduces the nostalgic ride. (TRIGGER WARNING: If you’re a fan of the original film who doesn’t want to be depressed by the image of an 80-year-old Burt Reynolds being taxied around a warehouse in a Trans Am-themed golf cart, do not watch this video).
Owning one of these 77 special Bandit Trans Ams will put you back $115,000, which is even more than the price of Burt Reynolds’ actual 1977 Pontiac Trans Am, which the actor auctioned off a couple of years ago. Of course, these Trans Ams have supercharged engines that can yield as much as 840 horsepower, which is a lot more muscle than you would get from an original Firebird.
Personally, I’m still wondering when someone is going to come out with 77 limited edition Rolls-Royce Silver Shadows autographed by Jamie Farr, or 77 rare Subaru GL hatchbacks signed by Jackie Chan.
Oh wait, that was Cannonball Run, wasn’t it? Forgive me, Archer, I don’t have the encyclopedic knowledge of cheesy Burt Reynolds movies that you possess…
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Patrick Grieve was born in Southwestern Ohio and has lived there all of his life, with the exception of a few years spent getting a Creative Writing degree in Southeastern Ohio. He loves to take road trips, sometimes to places as distant as Northeastern or even Northwestern Ohio. Patrick also enjoys old movies, shopping at thrift stores, going to ballgames, writing about those things, and watching Law & Order reruns. He just watches the original series, though, none of the spin-offs. And also only the ones they made before Jerry Orbach died. Season five was really the peak, in his opinion. See more articles by Patrick.