Trans Am 1:18 scaleThe newest wave of 1:18
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Trans Am 1:18 scaleThe newest wave of 1:18 9 years, 8 months ago #1

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The newest wave of 1:18
GreenLight Exclusives pays homage to the two great places that as
automobile lovers we gather the fuel for our passion; the race track
and the movie screen. Both cars in the release are a 1:18 1980 Pontiac Trans Am, and
though pulled from the same original casting they occupy two separate
and distinctive origins within entertainment history.


 


In motorsport there is a safety or “Pace Car” that is
used to limit the speed of the competing cars on a racetrack for a
caution period.  During this period competitors
are not allowed to pass the Pace Car.  The
officials at the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway have been selecting a Pace Car and its driver for
the Indy 500 each year the race has been held.  For
the 1980 Indy 500 Race a distinctive 1980 Pontiac Turbo-Trans Am was
the official Pace Car.  Powered by a turbocharged
4.9L V-8 engine, the Turbo-Trans Am needed only minor modifications to
bring it up to Pace Car specs. The 1980 Trans Am was piloted by 1950
Indy 500 winner Johnnie
Parsons, Sr.   GreenLight recreates this machine on 1:18 scale
with all details 100% accurate from the flaming chicken on the hood
to the monster engine under the hood!


 


For the second 1:18 1980
Trans Am in the release, GreenLight references a classic vehicle in
automobile cinematography.  Smokey and the Bandit II debuted in the United States on August 15, 1980. It was the
sequel to the 1977 film Smokey
and the Bandit, which starred Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jerry Reed, Jackie Gleason, Jackie Gleason and Dom
DeLuise.  The story centers on Bo "Bandit"
Darville (Burt Reynolds) a now washed-up has-been living in the past.  It has been years since Bandit and Cledus "Snowman"
Snow (Jerry Reed) made their famous 28-hour run to Texas for a few cases
of Coors.  It is not till Big Enos and Little
Enos make them an offer on another cross-country
run that Cledus seeks the help of Frog (Sally
Field) to encourage the Bandit to sober up and regain his fitness.  The job involves transporting an
elephant from Florida to Texas and once again, Sheriff Buford T. Justice
played by Jackie Gleason is in hot pursuit to apprehend Bandit in the name
of the law.  Frog abandons
her second attempt at wedding Buford T. Justice's son Junior to help and
buys Bandit a 1980 Turbo Trans Am powered by the Turbo 301; his iconic
get-a-way car.


 


Both 1:18 die-cast replicas have feature full metal
body and chassis, detailed graphics, custom license plates, opening doors, hood
and trunk, fabric seatbelts and are officially licensed by automotive
manufacture and respective entertainment affiliation. Their release is
scheduled for March 2011 and will be available through official
GreenLight hobby shops and wholesale dealers.

Re: Trans Am 1:18 scaleThe newest wave of 1:18 9 years, 8 months ago #2

Platinum Boarder
Nice nice nice and I would love to have one but where to put it. That is my problem with the large scale cars, no room for them, yet.

Re: Trans Am 1:18 scaleThe newest wave of 1:18 9 years, 8 months ago #3

Platinum Boarder
Beautiful! Looking at the pictures, I suddenly rememberd that I used to have a 'Smokey' version years ago, also in scale 1:18 - however that was a plastic kit and I don't remember the brand - it had working lights, opening doors & bonnet, plus interior carpeting. I wonder if it's still around somewhere? Haven't seen it for years.
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