Smokey 1-9! Cheers to the Bandit

September 11, 2018

Recently we lost the movie icon, Burt Reynolds. At GT MAG, he will always be remembered for driving the coolest movie car in history.

 

There are many cool movie cars and we love them all. From Bond's DB5 to Brian O'Connor's orange Supra, from Memphis Raines' "Elanor" to Toretto's Dodge Charger, there is a very, very long list.

 

In each, you love the car as much as you love their owner and remember them as fondly.

 

But as owners go, Bo Bandit is the coolest in GT MAG's humblest and ever-loud opinion. Played by his legend, Burt Reynolds, he is the star come outlaw come good guy of the legendary 1977 film Smokey and the Bandit, that is now as well known for its black Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am than anything else. 

 

As muscle cars go, this is one of the most iconic, made so famous by Reynolds in the movie that generations of Bo Bandit-wannabes to this day still do their best to own one just like his. Not only because it's outrageously cool, which it is, but because of the movie itself and how legendary Bo Bandit was.

 

Indeed, the love affair between the Bandit and his Trans Am is the most striking feature of the film and the car is undoubtedly the movie's best supporting actor. Power, presence and more wheel spins than a V8 can handle, it is truly the muscle car of dreams.

 

 

To be technical, it was a 1977 black Trans-Am Special Edition with a 6.6-litre V8, which is actually less impressive than it sounds when you consider that it only officially pushed on 150kW. Yes, according to an April 1977 issue of Car and Driver the Trans-Am only did 0-100km/h in 9.3 seconds, which sounds so slow that it's comical. It's quarter mile was 16.9 seconds and we're sure you'd beat that today in most things, including your Polo.

 

But, back then, with all that sound and vicious delivery, it was a very fast and very brutal car and you'd be right to show it some respect.  Indeed, the gleaming gold fire bird on the bonnet must go down as the most iconic motoring decal of all time and we'd be lucky to ever drive one. 

 

So, until we do, respect to that mad man, Burt Reynolds, who did all his own stunts. Smokey ain't never gonna catch that Bandit.

 

Ain't never gonna happen.

 

 

 

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