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AJ's Car of the Day 1977 Pontiac Trans-Am
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Car: Pontiac Trans-Am

Year: 1977

What makes it special: Pontiac's famed Firebird Trans-Am was given a distinctive, slant-nose facelift in 1977, giving it a fresh new look without changing any major sheet metal from the prior model year. It had a 180 hp, 400 cu in V8 with a 4-barrel carb and dual exhaust. That may not seem to be all that impressive or considered a performer if it wasn't for the fact that this was during the economy minded, emission restricted automotive years.

What made it famous: The black and gold anniversary Special Edition Trans-Am received Hollywood fame when it was given a pivotal role in the 1977 movie release "Smokey and the Bandit", starring Burt Reynolds, Sally Field and Jackie Gleason. Sales of the black and gold Trans-Am got a huge boost when the buying public plunked down their hard earned cash to have their own T-topped muscle car of movie fame. ( I'd wager that cowboy hats and CB radios were selling at a good pace as well ) 

Why I would want one: Whether you are a Ford, GM, Mopar or AMC fan, I believe that no muscle car collection is complete unless you have a "Smokey and the Bandit" 1977 Pontiac Trans-Am. (Just my opinion.) I mean, who WOULD'NT want to race down an open highway with equally open T-tops and "Eastbound and Down" playing in your head? I mean....c'mon already!

Fun fact: "Buford T. Justice" sounds like a made-up name for a lawman, but "Smokey" lore has it that there really WAS such a person. The real-life Buford T. was supposedly a cop that Reynolds' father had known when he was a small-town Florida police chief.

( 1977 Pontiac Trans-Am photo from screenrant.com )

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