The popularity of "Smokey and the Bandit" has made black-on-black
T/As a classic that's always in demand. But not everyone gets to
find a 1979 Pontiac Trans Am that was born with this desirable
color combo and is exceptionally well preserved today, right down
to its original V8.
This one nails the Bandit look in every way that matters. Better still, it's a factory black car, so there was no color change needed to make it look right. You can tell there was plenty of time and money invested in a professional respray so that the modern clearcoat helps it earn its Starlight Black name. And of course, the gold detail package really makes this coupe standout. Everything you want is in place, so the hood bird is so bold that it's to be feared, and all the lettering on every side is crisp and clear against the midnight paintjob. And matching this gold accent package are the iconic snowflake 15-inch alloys. So yes, all your favorite parts of this icon are already in place.
"Black is beautiful," is the first thing Burt Reynolds said when he saw his Trans Am in the Bandit sequel, and this interior follows that line perfectly. The high back vinyl bucket seats look factory fresh, and they provide the kind of all day comfort that would keep you happy bootlegging beer all across the South. The carpets, door panels, center console, and every other key dark piece of this car have not lost its luster. But this Trans Am doesn't just feel like midnight inside. Just like the exterior trim, there are plenty of bright spots. The driver gets to sit behind factory the sports steering wheel with a golden three-spoke design. And beyond that is the machined aluminum dash that came on these upper class Trans Ams. You'll notice this has all the right gauges, right down to the clock/tach combo. There are plenty of comfortable features so you have power windows, power locks, and air conditioning. Plus, we bet everyone will love it if you can find a Jerry Reed 8-track, because the original stereo is still cranking out the tunes.
The 403 cubic-inch V8 is original to the car, and it has an authentic appearance right down to the factory shaker hood that sits on top of the four-barrel carburetor. The block is still covered in factory-correct Pontiac blue paint, and it looks like this powerplant has been treated to good regular maintenance. The Trans Am has a reputation for not only being quick, but also as one of the best all-around handling sports cars of its day. That's due to the right features like front disc brakes, as well as front & rear stabilizer bars. Plus, this one has long-haul comfort, too, thanks to a three-speed automatic transmission, power steering, power brakes, and modern Firestone Firehawk tires.
This one has a feeling of total quality. You see it in the detail like the weatherstripping, and feel it in the way this one drives with confidence. That makes a car with great originality, proper maintenance, and an outstanding presentation. Your total package T/A is waiting... but it won't linger for long. Call today!!!
The Pick of the Day is a dead ringer for the coupe driven by Burt Reynolds in ‘Smokey and the Bandit,’ golden hood eagle, T-tops and all
Car was a ’76 model disguised with ’77 sheetmetal for a Pontiac sales brochure, and was supposed to have been destroyed
This is the 19th in a 30-day countdown to Barrett-Jackson’s annual Las Vegas collector car auction
The Pick of the Day is a standout collectible muscle car, a low-mileage original described as being in pristine condition
Pontiac Trans Am approaches its 50th anniversary
The Pick of the Day provides the answer with what seems to be a clean, all-original Pontiac
Michael Fux IROC Collection on the docket at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction
William Leland III, the great-great nephew of Cadillac founder Henry Leland, ordered this 1979 Trans Am in 1978 after his father agreed to co-sign for the loan.
Imagine buying a new muscle car – something iconic and inherently cool – only to hardly ever drive it and leave it largely untouched.