Barrett-Jackson countdown: 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am ‘Bandit’ re-creation

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Bidders will have the chance to take home this 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am recreation of the Smokey and the Bandit car owned by late actor Burt Reynolds himself. | Barrett-Jackson photo
Bidders will have the chance to take home this 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am recreation of the Smokey and the Bandit car owned by late actor Burt Reynolds himself. | Barrett-Jackson photo

The world was saddened by the recent passing of Smokey and the Bandit star Burt Reynolds, but one lucky bidder will get a chance to own a car from the late actor’s personal collection: A 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am re-creation of the Bandit car overseen by Reynolds himself.

The actor wanted a car that was a movie-correct as possible that had some new comforts, but still retained its originality.

It appears the recreators did their job. The car has new air conditioning components and a custom-built 200-4R automatic transmission made especially for this project.

The car is powered by a rebuilt Pontiac 400cid engine with all-new Butler Performance parts.

Barrett-Jackson’s annual Las Vegas auction is scheduled for September 27-29 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

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