• Jan 30, 2007


This is a picture-perfect reproduction of the Knight Industries 2000. Unfortunately, after all that money and man-hours, the gooey center is still an '80s F-Body. Canadian seller zapper80 has done an awesome job putting this car together, and claims a cost of over $40,000 CDN. Zapper80 cites original molds as the source for some of the body parts, which leads us to believe that the car was put together from the wealth of parts and information available from the enthusiastic Knight Rider fans on the web. The amount of information, and lines of communication back to KITT designer Michael Scheffe are truly astounding. No matter where everything came from, it's a hoot to see it all lit up, and even better, it all works. Well, maybe not the "Turbo Boost" function that'd send 3000 pounds of Trans-Am hurtling over bad guys. This car probably has more mojo under its hood than the original KITT the Hoff tooled around in while doing good for FLAG.

Still, even with all the effort expended, we think the reserve of $19,000 and the buy it now of $30,000 are kind of loony, even in Canadian dollars. Original fans of the series (some of us Autobloggers included) don't have the deep pockets boomers are using to push vintage musclecar prices sky-high; and perhaps our memories of Michael, Devon, and the gang aren't fond enough that we'd want to be extremely conspicuous. Perhaps the value of these cars will rise to meet zapper's hopes when the Weinsteins debut their Knight Rider movie. For the ulitmate 1984 smackdown, we envision a drag race between one of these, and a Delorean that's been defiled with all the time-machine crap. KITT would so totally kick McFly's ass.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Shoot, if I had the money to spare I would buy that thing :) That's sweet!

      The only thing missing is the mod to make it a hardtop convertible.
      Crazyfast\'79TA
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow! That's a lot of work he put in that car! Oh yeah it's cool and all, but does he drive it? I've got a '79 that I built up from a piece of crap. I traded the nose and tail for '77 pieces and painted on the bird and all the stripes to make it look like the Bandit. Now I know mine isn't all "picture correct", but every time I take it out I get the same "hey it's Smokey and the Bandit!" from all ages. And yes, I do drive it like the Bandit! There was nothing "special" done to that car for the movie. That was just Pontiac Power at it's best! So I guess if someone would want to dish out that kind of cash for a KITT replica and get similar reponses like I get, it's all good.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As much as I love KITT, I'm going to have to dissent. KITT has scrolling lights... Doc Brown has The Flux Capacitor and Mr. Fusion, not to mention the fly-i-ness. I'm with Jorge on this one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      OMG! Could you imagine David Hasselhoff getting run'd down by this car?! hehe, I want it!
      • 8 Years Ago
      To answer the first comment, there were 2 different styles of KITT used in different seasons. One had the lower front lights and one did not. There were also changes to the interior depending on the season.
      • 8 Years Ago
      that dash is too cool.
      did KITT actually have those head/fog lights in the bumper?
      some of the pics I see have it and some dont?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Personally, I never really liked Kitt's dash board or the front end in the early seasons of KR--the dash looks cheesy with those white lines on the displays, and those obvious filler panels below the headlights look like they'd come loose in a strong breeze (actually, if you watch really early episodes of the series, they DO come loose in the wind when the car goes fast enough; the front end flies apart during jumps in a few episodes, too).

      The problem with using the original molds for the front end is that the original molds sucked. I've seen replicas with far more solid-looking front ends, with lines that match the hood better to boot, and the nose of the car was custom-molded. That said, this particular replica -is- extremely accurate, and while I wouldn't personally prefer it over a different one, I have to give the guy who built it kudos for that.

      On a final note, I wouldn't want one of the original prop cars, either--they aren't street legal (Universal removed the VINs and replaced them with prop ID numbers), and only have two-gallon fuel tanks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd love to have that car. Knight Rider was a fantastic show. Now if Rebecca Holden(April Curtis) or Patricia Richardson(Bonnie Barstow) came with it ...
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 'turbo boost' should be a 100 wet shot of nitrous
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hoosier, yes, you are correct. Thanks.
      • 7 Years Ago
      dude the car looks awsome i love the dash looks awsome i'm thinking of building one myself if i had money and time, someday i will i hope well anyways I noticed the seats are different they are not the tan cloth seats shown in KITT but i guess everbody has their own version of doing things. I suppose you could have the turbo boost really work lets say some bottles of Nitros hehe i plan to make everything work including the car talking back to you maybe not like talking to a real person but directions having the car drive to you we have the technology dont we?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Tim, it wasn't Mr. Belvedere, it was William Daniels from 'Boy Meets World' fame (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0200122/). :)
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