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Replica KITT Car Goes On the Auction Block

Anyone who watched “Knight Rider” is familiar with KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand), the awesome talking car that helped Michael Knight (played by the one and only David Hasselhoff) kick ass and take names. Over the years since the show went off the air in 1986, a few of the screen used KITT cars have been auctioned off. In 2014, The Hoff himself auctioned one of his own replica KITTs, raising over $150,000 for charity. I find it surprising that someone would pay that much for a replica, though I guess since it was actually owned and driven by David Hasselhoff (who allegedly got a few tickets while driving it through Europe), it’s got a bit more appeal.

Image #: 10247510 David Hasselhoff rides in his car Kitt from Knight Rider on March 20, 2010, Los Angeles, California, USA. MAXA /Landov

The most recent KITT replica to be available for sale was created in 2010 by an Italian man who put more work into duplicating the original talking car’s looks than preserving the integrity of the vehicle. Crafted from a 1984 Pontiac Firebird, this KITT’s twin carburetors need replacing, and the exhaust system could use some work – if not an all-out overhaul. Oh, and there’s the little matter of a few spots of rust.

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On the plus side, the interior of this knock-off is pretty spot on – from that signature steering wheel to all the buttons and lights – and it even responds to voice commands the same way the real KITT did. There is, however, a catch. This KITT only speaks Italian.

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The car sold for over $37,000 on February 15, 2016. Considering you can get an un-modified version for around $5000, and the Italian KITT still needs work, that might be a bit on the ridiculous side of pricey. No word on who purchased the vehicle, but I can only assume it’s someone with deep pockets and a great desire to speed down the highway, red hood lights flashing, having a conversation with his car.

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Calvin Escobar

About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.