For those who are fans of the Fast N’ Loud franchise on Discovery Channel, will want to tune in this Monday as one lucky fan will win a restored 1977 Pontiac Trans Am. The team at Gas Monkey Garage have restored the car, with some more modern modifications, to make the Smokey and the Bandit replica the best version of the vehicle ever constructed.

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The Smokey and the Bandit replica is lighter and faster than the original.

The vehicle build process and subsequent challenges aired back in December, where a few shenanigans ensued. After missing a scheduled pickup of the vehicle by a transport truck, the guys have no choice but to drive the car to New Orleans to try to win a bet worth $40,000.

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The Trans Am stays true to the original with the black paint and gold striping.

When talking about the modifications to the vehicle, Richard Rawlings states, “This car is a lighter/meaner/faster version of the original – it’s a better version but still holds the classic style and overall appearance.” Restomoding has grown in popularity recently, and this vehicle is a prime example of the concept. A restomod is like restoring a vehicle, but all of the original bits of the vehicle that really were not that great (brakes and suspension, for example) are replaced with more modern components. This allows for the vehicles to retain their original image and desire, but be safer and perform better than the originals ever could.

The Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am is just cool, and the winner of the vehicle will own a piece of history. The folks at Gas Monkey Garage has tons of experience modifying vehicles, and we expect the car to be an amazing prize to one lucky fan. Be sure to watch Fast N’ Loud on Monday, 1/13/2014 to see how the story ends and see who wins!