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Keller, Texas
United States

 
 

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1977 Pontiac Trans Am SE (Texas Ban One)

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About

Meet The Bandit -- also known as Texas Ban One. This is my husband's dream car. He saw Smokey and the Bandit at age 8 and fell in love with the car. Now old enough to afford it, he bought this beautifully restored car from Dave Hall at RestoreAMuscleCar.com in Nebraska. The car was originally an Arizona car and was clean as could be. Dave and the gang did a fabulous job in taking an already great car up to the next level. And we are proud to say, this car led the way on the very first Bandit Run in 2007 -- an idea that sprang forth from conversations between my husband David Hershey and Dave Hall during the restoration of our car. Remind me to never say "Hey honey, wouldn't it be fun to..." That first Bandit Run was such a fabulous experience and we made such great friends. We have not been able to go on the Run since because we moved to California in '07, but we have moved back to Texas this past summer ('08) and are hoping and praying we can get back on the Run and meet up with old friends, make new ones and see some really fabulous TA's.
Another feather in Bandit's hat is that he is the "star" of a new movie out now "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard". The premise of the movie is that used-car liquidator Don Ready is hired by a flailing auto dealership to turn their Fourth of July sale into a majorly profitable event. Bandit's movie role happened by chance -- while we were living in CA, a transportation director for the movies found Dave Hall's website and contacted him looking for a black '77 Trans Am. Dave referred him to us -- seeing as how he had just done the restoration and we just happened to live outside Los Angeles. They rented our car for 2 months while they shot on an old car dealership site. They had to "dull down" the car since it was supposed to be used -- call it Car Make-up and boy, was it convincing. David and I nearly choked when we saw how beat up the car looked. But it was all smoke and mirrors! Bandit was literally put on a pedestal --well, a lift anyway -- and was written into the script as a "character". In the movie it was called "The Bandit" and was supposed to have been the only remaining car from the movie Smokey and the Bandit. We've seen the movie (which is extremely funny!) and it's in several scenes, including a great long scene with Jeremy Piven (Dony Ready) and Jordana Spiro (Ivy) sitting inside the car talking. The car didn't make it on the movie poster, but we were invited to bring the car and participate at the Dallas premiere of the movie which was attended by none other than Jeremy Piven. He was reunited with the car and we have lots of photos with him and Bandit. He also signed the movie poster for us and Bandit's driver side visor. Needless to say, Bandit's ego just got a lot bigger. :-)

Specs

numbers matching
original Pontiac 400 engine, 4-speed

Factory Options

Car is one of only 2,699 1977 Trans Ams to have the following combination of options:
SE – Gold Special Edition Package
Pontiac 400 engine
4-Speed manual transmission
Tan interior
58,000 original miles

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