Burt Reynolds Was Promised A Free Trans Am
During the filming of “Smokey and the Bandit,” Burt Reynolds, who played the lead character of the Bandit, was promised a free Trans Am by representatives of Pontiac. This promise was made as part of the agreement to allow the Trans Am to be used in the film. At the time, Reynolds wasn’t a household name and wasn’t yet a Hollywood superstar. However, he was already known for his love of cars and racing and was thrilled to drive a Trans Am in the film (via Slash Gear).
Reynolds and the film’s producers reminded Pontiac of their promise to give him a free Trans Am. Pontiac was true to their word and Reynolds received a black and gold Trans Am as a gift from the car manufacturer. He was often seen driving his Trans Am around town. The gift of the Trans Am also reminded us of the important role cars have played in American pop culture.