Florida Trans Am Shop Burns

Apr 7, 2021 2 min read
Florida Trans Am Shop Burns

Some historical cars were lost, including one of Burt Reynolds’…

Fire has claimed two classic cars at Trans Am Specialties of Florida during the final weekend of March. It broke out in the middle of the night, but thankfully the owner was able to push several Pontiac Trans Ams outside before they too were lost. Even better, nobody was hurt in the blaze.

Check out a retro review of the 1969 and 1999 Pontiac Trans Am here.

Despite the good news, the loss of a Pontiac Trans Am which was personally owned by the late Burt Reynolds is tragic. With the Smokey and the Bandit actor gone, and the impact the actor had on the Trans Am community, having one of the few connections to him destroyed is too much.

photo credit: Facebook

The shop didn’t release information on the second Trans Am totaled in the fire, however a member of Facebook group Rotting Musclecars and Old Tin claimed it was the first 1977 Pontiac Trans Am SE Y82 Smokey and the Bandit Special Edition TA ever made. It also didn’t specify if any of the cars which were pushed out the shop suffered damage, although a photo shows two sitting in the shop with pretty serious damage from heat, smoke, and falling debris.

Of the many cars saved from the fire was the only surviving Knight Rider KITT Super Pursuit Mode car created by Jay Orberg. While it’s sad that the other two cars were destroyed, another piece of history was preserved for future generations to appreciate.

Also suffering serious damage in the fire was the shop’s main offices. Also lost in the fire were a number of Trans Am memorabilia kept in the office. In a Facebook post, Trans Am Specialties of Florida said it would be able to get back to work soon after the cleanup process is over. Since the damage looks pretty bad, we’re not sure when that will be, but hopefully it’s sooner than later.

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