“The Smokey and the Bandit car” as it’s become more colloquially known, is one of just a handful of cars forever transformed by the role it played on screen. Rarely does it matter what generation of Pontiac Firebird to the average looker, but when spotted on the highway their is a turn of a head hoping for a glimpse of the Bandit himself, Burt Reynolds.
This weekend you can turn heads and get a glimpse of the Bandit all the same when he rolls into Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction to sign autographs, sell memorabilia and part ways with his 1980 Pontiac Trans Am Indy Pace Car. Additionally, he will be presenting a couple Trans Am from the Restore A Muscle Car Collection, a 1974 Pontiac Trans AM Super Duty and 1977 Trans AM Code Y82 Special Edition.
The one to watch is certainly Reynold’s 1980 Trans Am which also served as pace car at the famed Indy 500. With only 1,600 miles this car is straight from the actor’s personal collection and comes with the original rooftop safety light. Reynolds himself will also take to the stage to present this 301ci Turbo powered piece of history.
[Photography courtesy of Barrett-Jackson.]