'Smokey and The Bandit' replica car, hidden gem in Smith County

'Smokey and The Bandit' replica car, hidden gem in Smith County
Replica Smokey Car. (Source: KLTV News Staff)
Replica Smokey Car. (Source: KLTV News Staff)
Replica Smokey Car. (Source: KLTV News Staff)
Replica Smokey Car. (Source: KLTV News Staff)

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Burt Reynolds has died at 82, leaving a legacy of charm behind.

The actor went into cardiac arrest at a hospital in Florida on Sept. 6, with his family by his side.

Known for his roles in "Boogie Nights" and "The Cannonball," Reynolds was one of the most popular actors of the 1970's and 1980's. His most notable role was playing the lead character in the "Smokey and the Bandit" series, cruising around in the now-iconic Pontiac Trans Am.

In Smith County, the memory of Reynolds lives on at Highway Auto Parts, where you'll find a hidden gem waiting for you at the front door.

A '77 Pontiac Trans Am is parked in their lobby. It's an exact replica of the car used in the original "Smokey and The Bandit" film all the way down to the bandit plates.

It was built in 1976 with a 1977 body style. The numbers-matching car has everything according to the VIN specifications.

The crew at Highway Auto Parts says that only 110 were made with the specific style T-top and they believe the car was one of the vehicles used in the films, according to documents they received from the Pontiac Historical Society.

The owner of the vehicle purchased the car about 10 years ago from a confidential seller but says this small piece of "Smokey and The Bandit" history has been the focal point of their shop ever since.

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