"When I was 20 years old, I was living at home with my parents and saw an ad in the paper for a 1977 "Smokey and the Bandit" Trans Am. I already had a 1984 Trans Am that I loved, so I asked my dad if we could go take a look at it. He agreed to humor me, but when we saw it we both liked it so much that my dad loaned me the money and we bought the car for $1500 (the poor guy was going through a divorce and had to sell it, talk about adding insult to injury). The car was rough, with lots of work that needed to be done and the decals were incorrect and faded. During the restoration, I was doing research and little clues here and there suggested it was a Special Edition, and finally I found the factory build sheet that verified that it was a Y-82 SE (now that I knew what to look for)."
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