Video: Burt Reynolds Brings Back the Trans Am

Nearly forty years has passed since the release of Smokey and the Bandit, and even still, the black and gold Trans Am remains as iconic as ever. As a sentimental tip of the stetson hat, Trans Am Depot, a specialist out of Tallahassee, Florida, have recreated the classic in a modern embodiment. Because Pontiac disbanded back in 2010, this new car, known as the Bandit, is based off a current Camaro. But with a custom interior and exterior, 840 horsepower and each of the 77 units signed by Burt Reynolds himself, this is so much more than a standard muscle car.

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Ostentatious, retro looks will turn heads wherever this rolling time capsule goes.

It’s more of a milestone, a marker of one’s halcyon years, or a throwback to simpler times. The Trans Am seems to inspire feelings of joy in enthusiasts. For instance, Trans Am Depot co-founder Todd Womack mentions “To see Smokey and the Bandit, it’s like you remember your first kiss, you always remember where you saw the movie, who you were with.” To many men, it isn’t merely a straight-line sensation, but a romantic remembrance of their past.

But Smokey and the Bandit was what it was because of speed, and naturally, this car doesn’t lack any in that department. By using a 7.4-liter LSX motor mated to a 2.9-liter supercharger, the new T/A lays down 840 horsepower, which is enough to roast the tires at freeway speeds, as Mr. Reynolds gleefully demonstrates towards the end of the clip. Therefore, even if the looks are a little too bellbottom jeans and platform shoes for you, the grunt should have any red-blooded male salivating.

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Loud, wide, and muscular, the Bandit is all hairy-chested machismo.

The aesthetics are what make the car, ultimately. With gold and black leather seats, a stylish bandit logo embroidered onto the headrests, retro-looking taillights and of course, the giant screaming chicken adorning the hood, it’s bound to get noticed wherever it goes. And go it will — quickly — because only 77 of these cars will be made.

Starting at $115,000, they’re not cheap, but with Reynolds’ signature adorning each car and enough attitude to level every disco in the neighboring vicinity, they’ll go fast.

About the author

Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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