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1980 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Bandit Special Edition to Cross the Barrett-Jackson Auction Block

70,000 original miles and in mint condition

Published June 2, 2017

There’s just that something special about a Trans Am Firebird and I’m not talking about golden screaming phoenix upon its pitch black hood. Although choked by emissions regulations and catalytic converters – if there was a single muscle car present during the late seventies and early eighties – it would have to be this one. Not only has it been one of the precious few performance (or at least closest to that) cars out there, but it also made lasting legacy on a TV screen. 1982 Firebird Trans Am starred in Universal’s TV show Knight Rider, while 1977 model earned its stardom in Smokey and the Bandit – one of the highest grossing movies of 1977, second only to Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. Enter the special edition Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Bandit.

This rare Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Bandit Edition will soon cross the 2017 Northeast Barrett-Jackson auction block. Complete with Starlight Black paint job, Camel Cloth interior, and golden screaming bird and turbo wheels, it comes with 70,000 original miles, complete set of Pontiac Historic Services (PHS) paperwork, original receipts, and Pontiac Division window sticker.

All 70,000 miles have been clocked with Pontiac 301ci Turbo V8 which was completely rebuilt in 2005 and had accumulated some 10,000 miles since. Just like the 4.9L engine, car itself underwent complete frame-on restoration. All panels are original and completely rust-free. Same goes for the chassis. There were only 3,444 turbo T-top special editions Firebirds for 1980 and this Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Bandit is one of them.

Barrett-Jackson hasn’t listed a reserve price, so we can’t really estimate for how much it might go. Guess they can’t either. Similar ’77 Bandit Trans Am was sold at their Scottsdale auction in 2016, though. It went for $82.500, so it’s safe to assume this one will go for less than that given 1977 model’s iconic status among Smokey and the Bandit’s followers. Nevertheless, Burt Reynolds would certainly approve of it. Just like he had approved Trans Am Depot’s limited edition of new kit Bandit cars.

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Nikola Potrebić
About Nikola Potrebić

Despite driving a piece of junk, Nikola still manages to survive the harrowing experience called "A road trip in a Yugo," day in, day out. On the other hand, precious few things move him as muscle cars do. Especially those from the bygone golden era, which makes him wonder why wasn't he born a few decades earlier? Well, at least he's been given the opportunity to enjoy the likes of the Pontiak Aztek, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Fiat Multipla, and other lovely millennials, right? Come to think of it, I'll stick with my Yugo. Thank you very much.

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