The famous KITT smart car from the movie of the same name is being auctioned off. It is even David Hasselhoff’s car, although the auction did not participate in the filming of Knight Rider.
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The star of the Knight Rider series is breaking up with his partner in the film that ignited the imagination of an entire generation in the ’80s. The car, which he says is perfectly functional, can be auctioned on the site LiveAuctioneers, along with other objects from the personal collection of actor David Hasselhoff. Offers are expected until January 23.
The car is in the UK, and David Hasselhoff will personally deliver it to the winner of the auction. However, he will have to pay the delivery costs, as specified in the announcement. Based on a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, KITT is described as perfectly functional, although the ad does not say whether it is an original Knight Rider or a replica.
The more the famous KITT smart car is sold at auction
In the series, KITT (the initials Knight Industries Two Thousand) has many gadgets, including bullet protection, a flamethrower, reactive propulsion and an artificial intelligence control system that frequently teases Michael Knight, the character played by Hasselhoff. 23 such cars were built for the series. One of them was seriously damaged during filming. After filming ended, 17 of the remaining 22 were destroyed. Another five were later used for promotional purposes.
The starting price of the LiveAuctioneers auction was quite high – $ 175,000. Much more impressive is the amount reached so far, after seven applicants have registered their offers. This is $ 500,000, but could rise to even higher values, given that there are 11 days until the winner is designated. It will be announced on the evening of January 23 (19:00 Romania).
The series ran between 1982 and 1986, with 90 episodes spanning four seasons. For a TV series of that period, Knight Rider was quite short, but quickly became a classic. At the same time, KITT gained a privileged place in the car culture of the time, along with the DeLorean time machine from the series Back to the Future. The Knight Rider series was broadcast in Romania after the Revolution, but that did not make it less popular.
source: Motor Authority
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