The first time I saw this car was when they were unveiling it at an auto show at the Providence Civic Center. In the early 80's, I had a 1978 Gold Trans Am with the bird emblem (similar to this photo) and racing slicks on the rear. I bought it from the Brigadeer now in charge of the Kuwait firefighters training institute. He was leaving the States and sold it to me. I LOVED that car. Sex on wheels. The engine in this car sounded similar to 2 outboard boat engines (whomp whomp whomp whomp...). High torque, rear wheel drive. I used to jam out on Eurythmics and Chaka Khan in that car; took the T-tops off and cruised Georgetown all night - until the sun came up and I had to find someplace to park and sleep for a few hours as my mom would have locked me out of the house by that time.... I often woke up to the cops tapping on my window telling me it was time to move.
The only solice I had in selling it was that I sold it to another girl who loved it as much as I did. She bought it - cash - with money she took out of her cowboy boots. She called me 3 months later to ask where she could buy another set of slicks. Kindred souls.
I had an opportunity a few years later to buy a black, oil-cooled-turbo version of a 79 TA, but passed after gettin a hinky feeling about it. Turns out that oil-cooled-turbos were just a bad, bad idea and lots of engines were wrecked when the turbos went bad, sucking oil away from the pistons. My friends from Saudi had 2 white ones (1980's) that they loved too. They were white with white leather interiors. Anyhooo... memories.
Bunny sent me photos of the 2009 Trans Am. He knows me so well - we think we may have even met when we were teenagers at The Library in Gtown.
OMG! I'm not a teenager anymore, but I want one BAD.
It looks like an Astin Martin from the rear.
Burt, you may be old now, but I will always remember you fondly in your youth as The Bandit....
... and the 20-somethings are all going, "Whaaaaaaaa? Who the F is "Burt?" "What is The Bandit?" OMG I'm old.