Burt Reynolds Endorses New Bandit “Firebird”
Only those of us of a certain age will lovingly remember Burt Reynolds’ 1978 Pontiac Firebird Tran Am from the movie “Smokey and the Bandit,” and how ridiculously cool it was at the time. Like many things from our fondly remembered pasts, lots of us long to own a Trans Am like the bandit drove in the movie today, especially now that we have the money to buy one. However, 78 Firebirds in good condition don’t exactly grow on trees, but a company in Florida called Trans Am Depot might just have the answer for those longing for that elusive bandit car.
What Trans Am Depot is offering is actually a converted Camaro that certainly offers a modern day take on that iconic car Reynolds looked so good in back in the day. The car is based on the fifth-generation Camaro using GM’s Zeta platform, and it’s offered with a wide array of options including T-Tops and custom paint options to transform the Camaro into a Pontiac.
One of the coolest things about owning an SE Bandit Edition compared to an original 78 Trans Am is what’s lurking under the hood. The 70s Tran Am came with a 400 cubic inch engine that only produced a very modest 185 horsepower, while this beauty gives you an up-to-date V-8 with available performances packages delivering between 500, and a quite ridiculous 840 horsepower.
Only 77 of these fabulous creation are going to be built, which is undoubtedly in tribute to the movie’s 1977 release date. Not only that, each one will also be signed by non-other than the bandit himself, aka Burt Reynolds.
Obviously nothing can really replace the true awesomeness of that late seventies original, but there are up to 840 reasons why the Bandit SE is a more than decent alternative.