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From 1976 through 1981 Pontiac offered the Black Special Edition (S.E.) option package on the Trans Am (known as the limited edition or L.E. in 1976). These cars are often called "Bandits" after the Movie "Smokey and the Bandit" in which Burt Reynolds drove some of these specially optioned cars (1977 models). Although the option package changed from year to year, the basics were the same. They were black cars with gold decals and gold factory pinstripes. They had gold dash bezels and through 1979 had gold steering wheel spokes. In addition, they had gold nose emblems, gold horn button emblems and power window equipped cars had gold door emblems. They also had large gold sail panel decals. They were offered with black or camel interiors (some S.E.'s were special ordered with interior colors such as red or white). They also could be ordered with or without most other Trans Am options, including engine and transmission choices.



Production Figures

 

1976 Limited Edition, also know by UPC 'Y-82'.

Engine - # built of each option - Factory UPC code

400 without T-tops 1628 -Y-82.

400 with T-tops 533 - Y-82.

455 without T-tops 319 - Y-82.

455 with T-tops 110 - Y-82 (Last year of 455 C.I.D. Pontiac)

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Total 2590

 

1977 Blackbird 'Bandit' Special Edition

Engine - # built of each option - Factory UPC code

400 (L78) without T-Tops 748 - aka: Y-81.

400 (L78) with T-tops 6030, Y-82.

400 (W72) without T-Tops 933 (489 with 4 speed manual transmission) Y-81.

400 (W72) with T-Tops 6459 (2699 with 4 speed manual transmission) Y-82.

403 (L80) without T-Tops 180, Y-81.

403 (L80) with T-Tops 1217, Y-82.

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Total 15,567

 

Photo of '77 Blackbird courtesy of the original 'Smokey and the Bandit' movie.

 

1978 Blackbird 'Bandit' Special Edition

Engine - # built of each option - Factory UPC code

400 (L78) with T-tops 2856 (489 with 4 speed manual transmission) Y-82 Norwood Built.

400 (L78) with T-Tops 68 (20 with 4 speed manual transmission) Y-84 Van Nuys Built.

403 (L80) with T-Tops 210 Y-84.

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Total 3,643

*Note: many sources list all SE's as mandatory equipped with T-tops. Pontiac actually offered a cash-back credit to the buyers of SE's who opted to delete the T-top hatch roofs. And Factory literature shows all SE's to have T-Tops. Several are known to exist minus T-Tops. Just like the production numbers, exact details are up for discussion. Over the years I have been contacted by many experts, so - " Let the debate begin!" Remember: It's just a hobby!

 

 

1979 Blackbird 'Bandit' Special Edition

Engine - # built of each option - Factory UPC code

301 573 (213 with 4 speed manual transmission)

400 W72 Pontiac 1107 (*All had 4 speed manual transmissions) Y-84.

403 9874 Y-84 (All had automatics & Oldsmobile engines).

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Total 11,554

*Note: many sources list all '79 Y-84's as mandatory equipped with T-tops. Pontiac actually offered a cash-back credit to the buyers of '79 Y-84's who opted to delete the T-top hatch roofs.

 

1979 W72 400 4-speed Y-84 'Blackbird' Special Edition (shown below).

Bandit shown above - Paul & Melissa Kenney owners.

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1980 Blackbird 'Bandit' Special Edition

Engine - # built of each option - Factory UPC code

301 2084

301 Turbo 3444

301 Turbo without T-tops 103

305 463

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Total 6094 (All were automatics)

80 Turbo Blackbird (above), Ken Posey owner.

 

1981 Blackbird 'Bandit' Special Edition

Engine - # built of each option - Factory UPC code

301 without T-tops 41

301 with T-tops 1160

301 Turbo without T-tops 65

301 Turbo with T-tops 3050

305 without T-tops 15 (All had 4 speed manual transmissions)

305 with T-tops 932 (All had 4 speed manual transmissions)

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Total 5263 (All were automatics except as noted)

See Burt Reynolds' 1981 Blackbird 'Bandit' Special Edition

(click below)

Burt Reynolds images courtesy of Performance Car Museum, Sioux Falls, SD. Visit them at: www.dealsonwheels.com/museum

 

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