The Bandit was black with gold trim, as everybody knows, in the adventure comedy Smokey and the Bandit starring Burt Reynolds in the role that cemented celebrity fame for him and the 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.
Seeing a great thing happening, Pontiac was quick to issue a Bandit Edition of its swoopy Trans Am, with as much performance as it could muster in that difficult time.
The Pick of the Day is a 1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Bandit Edition, essentially similar to the movie car except for one obvious difference. This one is yellow. Not quite lemon yellow or taxicab yellow, more of a pale primrose. Yet the Trans Am still manages to look mucho macho.
“The Yellow paint color is exceptionally rare and waiting for the right person to appreciate it as it was only produced for 45 days due to its unpopularity as black was in demand,” according to the O’Fallon, Illinois, dealer advertising the Bandit on ClassicCars.com.
The Trans Am is described as an original matching-numbers car driven just 30,502 miles, with a recently rebuilt automatic transmission. While the V8 engine measures a brawny 6.6 liters, the output is just under 200 horsepower, although with more than 300 pound-feet of torque emanating from all that rotating mass.
The Trans Am looks very presentable in the photos with the ad, with the golden screaming eagle emblazoned on its shaker hood and all the spoilers, scoops, emblems and gold snowflake alloy wheels that go with the package. Nothing subtle here, but highly emblematic of the era.
“The exterior is in perfect driver-quality condition for you to go have fun in,” the seller says.
The Trans Am comes fully equipped with air conditioning, power options and an AM/FM audio system, presumably original. The seller describes the interior as “black vinyl,” but from the photos, it’s clearly tan with velour seat surfaces. The sport steering wheel is black, though, and looks very cool.
The asking price of $32,000 seems fair considering the car’s low mileage, originality and condition. Perhaps not everybody’s vision of a Bandit Trans Am, but different enough to be totally cool on its own merits.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.