1981 Pontiac TransAmSOLD
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Estimate: $30,000-$40,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $93,500

205bhp, 301 cu. in. Turbo V8 engine, 301 four-barrel carburetor, four-speed manual transmission, front coil-springs with lower trailing links and anti swaying bar, rear semi-elliptic leaf springs with anti-sway bar, front disc and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 108.2"

Through good times and bad, the Pontiac Trans Am was at the forefront of America’s muscle car generation. Sharing a platform with its cousin, the Chevrolet Camaro, and coinciding with the release of the Mercury Cougar, the introduction of the Trans Am in 1967 would begin a successful reign in the muscle car field that would last 35 years.

The second-generation Pontiac Trans Am was in production for twelve years, from 1970 to 1981, and effectively captured a generation of car enthusiasts in an era when Motor City muscle was in decline. The 1981 Pontiac Trans Am was to be the last of the second generation of the famous Firebirds.

The 1981 Pontiac Trans Am presented here is extra special for a number of reasons. Inspired by the popular Burt Reynold’s movie “Smokey and the Bandit”, Pontiac released a limited edition Trans Am nicknamed “The Bandit” in 1977, and then again in 1981 in conjunction with the sequel, the example presented here being the latter.

In the early 1990s when Mr. McMullen acquired a Pontiac dealership in Clearwater, Florida, included in the inventory was a number of special edition Pontiacs that the previous owner, Charlie Harris, had pulled off the lot immediately upon delivery, expecting them to one day become collectables. The Bandit was one of these cars and with only 69 miles registered on the odometer it is 100% original and has maintained its showroom new condition admirably. Inspection of the underside of the vehicle, and to a lesser extent under the hood, reveals signs of oxidation on some of the unfinished surfaces.

Visually identical to the movie car, the Bandit is black in color with gold striping, T-Tops and the trademark gold “screaming eagle” decal on the hood. The interior is upholstered in a sandy color velour cloth with a chocolate brown dash, steering wheel, and console.

Essentially a showroom new Trans Am, this Bandit should have no problem getting from Atlanta to Texarkana and back in 28 hours… just keep an eye out for Buford T. Justice!

Reference Number 8725

as of 4/18/2007

Car 1981 Pontiac TransAm
VIN 1G2AW87T58N117682 
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