AMT 1978 Pontiac Trans Am Bandit Firebird Plastic Model Car Kit
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AMT 1978 "Bandit" Trans Am Model Kit


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The "Bandit" version of the popular 1978 Trans Am Pontiacs. The Blackbird below is an original issue MPC kit.

This kit has been released many times over the years with different boxes. One of my favorites is the one above with a photo of the real car.

I remember seeing Smokey & the Bandit in theaters when it first came out. Next to the 1970-1973 years, this is my favorite body style for the Firebird / Transam cars. After these, Pontiac went to the butt ugly plastic nose / bumpers.

These kits are a bit dated in detail and construction, but with that said, they can be a nostalgic project.



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  • Firebird and Trans-Am Muscle Portfolio, 1967-1972 - The Firebird had excellent sales in its first half year and the 400 V8 made it a force to be reckoned with. There were few changes in 1968 but the 1969 car was longer and heavier, so sales slipped. In March 1969, therefore, Pontiac introduced the Trans-Am resplendent in white with blue stripes and an array of air scoops and spoilers. Emissions regulations took their toll and a 455 motor was needed in 1971 to keep up the performance. A long factory strike did not help and the 1972 Trans-Am was the last of the breed before the name was applied to a succession of watered down machines. This is a book of contemporary road and comparison tests, new model introductions, technical and specification data, long term tests, racing and history.
  • Firebird Trans Am - The Pontiac Firebird was originally overshadowed by the popular Chevrolet Camaro, but the Firebird developed a loyal following and a reputation for true high performance, earning a high-profile spot in muscle car history. It also had a starring role in pop culture as Burt Reynolds drove a Trans Am in Smokey & the Bandit and young David Hasselhoff took direction from his talking Trans Am in Knight Rider.
  • Original Pontiac Firebird and Trans Am 1967-2002: The Restorer's Guide - Following Ford and Chevrolet, Pontiac entered the pony car market in 1967 and came up with one of the best and most successful muscle cars ever produced. Though based on the Camaro chassis, the Firebird offered unique features and high performance, and over its nearly 40 years of production it continued to wow drivers--as it does today. This book details the Firebird’s long and illustrious career. With high-quality, detailed color photographs of some of the finer models--both originals and faithful restorations--the book is at once a unique history and a restoration guide to all four generations of the Firebird. Pictures and text profile the correct parts, finishes, options, and trim pieces for various models. The book also covers the vehicle’s wide variety of engine options, along with all special editions and model variations from the Firebird’s introduction in 1967 to the final model in 2002.

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