Breaker 1-9, this is the Bandit. Put the hammer down, no Smokeys in sight.
Film makers of "Smokey and the Bandit" needed a fast car for their star, Burt Reynolds' character, the "Bandit." His mission was to run interference with the Smokeys, so that "Snowman," played by Jerry Reed, could get his 18-wheeler and its illegal cargo (Coors beer) from Texarkana, TX to the "Southern Classic" in Georgia. Their car of choice was a black T-Roof 1977 Pontiac Trans Am.
Years later Burt Reynolds decided to add one of the cars he helped make famous to his own personal collection of classic cars. Working with Harold Murphy, owner of the renowned Murphy Auto Body and Restoration of West Palm Beach, a quality reproduction of the film's car was created. Part of the agreement, when taking on this project, was that this would be the last Bandit Trans Am built for Burt. A true celebrity car, featuring Burt’s signature on the dash and hood, this 1977 Bandit was offered to the public at Carlisle Events’ Spring Auction. in Carlisle, PA April 23-24. The sale also included reproductions of the jacket and hat worn by Burt in the movie, both autographed. Burt's last Trans Am crossed the auction stage on Saturday, April 24. Here is a video of the sale..