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Why is the sequel to “Smokey and the Bandit II” titled “Smokey and the Bandit Part 3”?

Or to put another way, why wasn't it just called "Smokey and the Bandit III"? Was this a studio mandate, an oversight, a joke? Why did the "Part" suddenly get thrown in?
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Why did the Bandit drive a Firebird and not his own rig?

We know the Bandit was a truck driver with his own rig. Why didn't he drive his rig, instead of the Firebird?