What happened to The Bandit’s Pontiac Firebird Trans Am?

If you have a thing for fast cars, illegal beers, and mustaches, chances are you probably love the late Burt Reynolds as The Bandit in “Smokey and The Bandit.” The real star of the flick, a 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, has gone down as one of the most iconic vehicles in cinematic history.

Sadly none of the dozen actual cars used in the making of the film has survived to today, but a similar one owned by Universal Pictures was sold at auction for $550,000 along with some merch from the movie. Classic car collector John Staluppi of Florida, who was friends with Reynolds, keeps the car safely stored in his garage.

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