Mecum hammers world’s most expensive “Bandit” Trans Am

Mecum auctions has been hammering some big bucks this year, leading with the highest-dollar car auction ever held down the road in Kissimmee, Florida, this past January, and seguing on to Mecum’s most recent big sale in Pennsylvania’s capital city, Harrisburg. What started out as a fairly modest sale has gone all-the-way bonkers, with Mecum ringing up a record $40 million in business in Harrisburg, blowing away the previous event record of $31 million by more than 30 percent, a genuine eye-opener. And while it wasn’t the top sale at Harrisburg – that distinction went to a 2021 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT Black Series that rang the bell at $473,000 – we were more impressed at one of the other Top 10 sales.

The third-highest sale at Harrisburg, after the AMG GT and a very sharp 1985 Lamborghini Countach LP5000S, was what you see here. It was a fully loaded 1977 Pontiac Trans Am with snowflake wheels and the prized “Bandit” color scheme, which had just 14 actual miles showing on its odometer. This amazingly original, untouched Trans Am ended up selling for an outstanding $440,000, just behind the Countach and ahead of a brace of collectible Corvettes. Given its no-miles status, it’s hard to make this a hard-and-fast barometer for future F-body sales, but golly, what a number.

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