LIMA — There are dozens of memorable cars in film, but when the vehicle surpasses the actual actors and becomes the superstar of a film, that’s a great movie car. One thinks of the Mustang in Bullitt, the Gran Torino in Gran Torino, the Aston Martin in Goldfinger. This is the case with the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am. “Smokey and the Bandit” starred Burt Reynolds and Sally Field, but center stage belonged to the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am. Once America saw the superstar in the movie, demand increased. The production of the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am jumped twenty-thousand units, for a grand total of 68,744. There was a lot to like about the 1977 Trans Am. It had a new look and new engine. The 1977 Trans Am was a bright spot of the year for Pontiac with the base price $5,456, up $469 from the 1976 model year. But, you had a new look, new style, new engine and a definite “movie star” in your garage.
Mike Lane, of Lima, brought his 1977 Pontiac Trans Am to The Lima News’ Real Wheels Cruise-In. Lane explains his favorite memory of the car as the day he saw it. The car was in a lady’s garage for sale. It was all dusty with cobwebs on the engine. He had to take an air want to clean the engine.