1978 Pontiac Trans Am (Bandit)
Last updated Apr 15, 2012
My teenage dreamcar. I woke up one morning and the first thought in my head was I'm 44 years old and I haven't had my dreamcar yet. So I got on the web and searched Trans Am + San Diego hoping to find one for sale. None came up, but there was a hit on a site called starcarcentral.com . I went to it and found a guy listed with a screen used car from Smokey and the Bandit 2. I contacted him and started a relationship with him and the rest of the starcar group. When they heard I was going to do a screen accurate replica they insisted I join and do the events. I did, and it's been a blast!
BTW. For those of you Dexter fans, This is THE car used in season 6 episodes 3 (Smokey and the Bandit) and 4 ( Horse of a different color). Through Picture Car Warehouse I rented it to the studio for the shoots.
Here's the Youtube link:
Since I didn't want it doing any stunts PCW built a "stunt double" car from a 1979 T/A which is seen in later episodes of the season. My "hero" car is used for close-ups with the actors.
Incidently, I found one of the "joints" they used under the seat when I got the car back. Nice little souvenier.
All original. Had engine rebuilt and opened stock 403 up to a 412 with a just legal cam. I have to keep it smog legal.
I'm pretty careful with it so don't know top speed or 0-60, 1/4 mile specs.
WS6 performance package.
Trans Am trim package.
6.6 Litre engine (Olds 403)
Power windows & Locks
Completely de-constructed and re-assembled to movie specs. Equipped with all options seen on screen including correct Pace cb radio, antenna and police scanner.
Also has hidden external speakers and hidden modern bluetooth stereo for playing movie music and dialog at shows.
There is also a set of real semi truck horns up front I can blow remotely in case anyone tries to lean on the car.
Paint is PPG Concept Black. A zero pigment black that is way darker than factory black which makes the metallic gold graphics and pin striping pop even louder. 3 weeks after painting, the entire car was cut and rubbed to remove any orange peel to give it that smooth plastic look.
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