1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

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The 1979 Pontiac Trans Am is emblazoned with the famous golden eagle, aka screamin' chicken, on its hood
The 1979 Pontiac Trans Am is emblazoned with the famous golden eagle, aka screamin’ chicken, on its hood

Still steamed that you missed out on that 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, the Smokey and the Bandit promo car that sold at Barrett-Jackson for a whopping $550,000 while actor Burt Reynolds looked on from the podium?

Fret not because the Pick of the Day is an essentially similar 1979 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am in the same black paint and gold trim. And while this one might not have the celebrity provenance of the Barrett-Jackson car, it doesn’t have the outlandish price tag, either.

A set of gold-trimmed honeycomb wheels sets off the glossy black paint
A set of gold-trimmed honeycomb wheels sets off the glossy black paint

Actually, this T-topTrans Am with the screamin’ eagle on its hood is priced by the Redmond, Oregon, car dealer at just $18,900 in the ClassicCars.com listing. So, let’s do the math: 550,000 divided by 18,900 shows that the Bandit car cost 29 times more than what’s asked for this one. And that’s for a promo car, not the one that actually appeared in the movie.

If you don’t mind that this Trans Am has no outright Hollywood connection, you can still feel like a big star every time you fire up that 6.6-liter V8 and hear the four-barrel carb suck the oxygen out of the air. Or stand back and take a gander at those gold-trimmed honeycomb wheels, just like the movie car.

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With just under 70,000 miles on its odometer, the Pontiac has a “very healthy rumbling exhaust and performance to back it up,” the seller says in the ad.

For the asking price, you might even consider this Trans Am to be something of an investment, since they are one of the rising stars in the current rush of Gen X and millennials cars that have been making strides of late.

Just don’t let Smokey catch up with you.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.