Topic: Orginal Owners of 77 Bandits

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  • ssmith77ta’s Profile Photo
    Feb 13, 2007 at 12:04 am
    I'm an original owner of a 77 S/E Bandit (bought new in May 1977) and plan on making the run. Was wondering how many other original owners are planning on making the run and starting in Texarkana? I will be heading out from San Antonio, TX.


  • ssmith77ta’s Profile Photo
    Feb 26, 2007 at 11:12 pm
    OK folks, I can't believe I'm the only original owner of a 77 Special Edition Trans Am that will be making the trip and starting in Texarkana. I would like to meet up with other original owners in Texarkana and compare notes on how and when you bought your T/A and what you have had to do to it to keep it going these past 30 years. Lots of memories along the way. I can still remember coming out of the theater after seeing Smokey and the Bandit and having folks hanging around my T/A. What a rush!


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    Mar 14, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    I'm not the original owner of my 77 Bandit SE, but it is back in Minnesota where the original owner lived. I was working in the Indoor Theater in 1977 at the age of 17 and a Junior in High School when Smokey and the Bandit came to the theater I was working at. I always wanted a 77 Bandit SE after seeing that movie so many times, but couldn't afford it. Well it took over 25 years to get it, but it's mine now. I'll be driving it down from Minnesota to Texarkana to join the start of the Bandit Run. Can't wait to run with you all and see all the TA's and here all the stories. What a great opportunity for all of use to get together and really enjoy the TA's we love and all the stories. Don't forget, keep the pedal to the metal, or was it metal to the pedal and the thing to the floor...

    Would be nice to have Burt, Sally and Jerry attend this Bandit Run with us...

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  • Tbird157’s Profile Photo
    Apr 10, 2007 at 10:15 pm
    I didn't buy mine new but got it in 86 from the original owner. Mine was made in Van Nuys, CA and bought at Jack White Pontiac in Anaheim, CA. He then moved to SC where I got it. It has 83,000 miles and still has the original exhaust and most everything else is original also. Just the usuall tune up parts but the AC compressor is going to be replaced soon.


  • BAN_LS1’s Profile Photo
    Apr 15, 2007 at 3:51 pm
    i can't wait to see all these cars at year one.


    98 TA - A4, cam'd, lid, LT's, duals w/40s, shift kit, Lowered 1.5", 18's, poly susp, KYB adj shocks, WS6 Hood w/ghost stripes.

    77 Pro-touring Bandit TA - LS1/6spd- Under Construction

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    Apr 24, 2007 at 8:29 pm
    I don't have a "Bandit", but I'm the original owner of a 76 TA. Ordered it in March 76 took delivery May 20, 76. I was cruisin' a black TA before Burt made them so popular.


    Keep on Pontiyakkin'


  • ssmith77ta’s Profile Photo
    May 25, 2007 at 10:57 pm
    Just checking to see if there were any other original owners of ’77 Special Edition Trans Ams that joined the Run after leaving Texarkana?
    My son and I had to turn around after the lunch break the first day and head back to San Antonio for prior engagements that I couldn’t change. My T/A did great for an unrestored original Bandit with 122,000 miles on it. The only problem we had was the cruise control going out between Austin and San Antonio. I think these things will run forever if you treat them like you are going to own them forever. We had a great time meeting everyone on Day 1 and seeing all the Bandits. I may have to break down and restore mine one of these days, even though it still looks good from 10ft. It has been great to read about everyone’s experiences and seeing the pics and videos. The one comment about my car that sticks with me was when someone told me the louvers on my rear window were “old school”. I never really thought of them as old school since they were put on new in the summer of ’77 when I lived out in West Texas. Anyway, sure hope we do this again so I can make the entire trip.


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