Now we've seen it all... a 1977 Pontiac Trans Am was just sold at Mecum Auctions in Harrisburg, PA for $440,000! This makes it the highest ever paid for this model paid (outside of Trans Am models that had direct connections to Smokey and the Bandit, which have sold for more).
The model that sold at auction is a coupe Trans Am SE, a 1977 model made to look like the 1967 version used in Smokey and the Bandit. Painted black and gold, all-original and equipped with a T-top roof, the Trans Am is a three-speed automatic that has a 180 hp 6.6-liter V8.
The vehicle was originally owned by Pontiac and was a touring promotional car. The car was damaged in North Carolina and donated to local N.C. vocational high school, where students there fixed it up.
After that, it was sold to a collector, who then sold it again in 1997. It's most recent owner, Charlie Herman, kept the vehicle in perfect running condition. And it was hardly driven, with only 14 miles on the odometer.
The vehicle sold for nearly triple it's value: $440,000. That's damn near what a promo Trans Am from Smokey and the Bandit that was gifted to and driven by Burt Reynolds sold for in 2014 ($495,000).