Trans Am Cars (General Motors, 1967 – 2002)
Trans Am vehicles were built by Pontiac, a division of General Motors. In total, there were four generations of Trans Am cars and all generations — except the second — came in a 2-door coupe or 2-door convertible style. (The second generation only came in the coupe style.)
In 1976, Pontiac celebrated their 50th Anniversary with a special edition Trans Am. The car was black with gold accents; this marked the first production of the Black and Gold special edition.
Trans Am rose to fame thanks to the film Smokey and the Bandit that starred Burt Reynolds and Sally Field. In the film, a rich Texan (Pat McCormick) hires Bandit (Reynolds) to drive 400 cases of Coors beer from Texas to Georgia. In the end, Bandit recruits Cledus (Jerry Reed) to haul the beer while Bandit purchases a Trans Am to act as a blocker car to deflect attention away from the truck and its illegal cargo.
Even more recently, singer Ke$ha has revived interest in Trans Ams by featuring her own vehicle in her videos and mentioning the car in several of her songs.