Few cars capture the public’s imagination like Knight Rider‘s KITT, leading fans to ponder where the iconic ride is now. When the show premiered in 1982, KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand) instantly became a star. KITT, the original self-driving AI vehicle, joined the ranks of classic TV cars.
This sleek 1982 Pontiac Trans Am was equipped with envy-inducing gadgets that would make James Bond jealous. It boasted tintable windows, an oil slick sprayer, a laser cutter, flame throwers, and an infrared tracking system. Plus, KITT was bulletproof, bombproof, and fireproof. This car could even drive on water using a hydroplane system.
Adding to its impressive features, KITT could converse with David Hasselhoff, the series lead. The iconic voice of KITT was provided by William Daniels, who later gained recognition as Mr. Feeney on Boy Meets World.
Where Are the ‘Knight Rider’ KITT Cars Now?
Bonafides aside, where is Knight Rider’s KITT now? Reportedly, the first season of the show featured three cars, and its success resulted in the use of a total of 15 to 20 cars for stunts and other purposes. Ultimately, only five of the aforementioned Trans Ams managed to survive.
According to the KittStillRocks website, they own two of the five surviving screen-used Knight Rider Trans Ams. They also create KITT replicas for businesses.
According to reports, Volo Auto Museum was said to have owned another KITT. It was later auctioned off on eBay in 2018 to an undisclosed buyer. In 2020, another one of the KITTs, and one of the original three, was put up for auction at Julien’s and fetched an impressive $192,000 from a private collector.
Jay Leno Once Took a KITT For a Spin
Finally, a private collector owns one of the KITT cars from Knight Rider and generously lent it to Jay Leno for his show, Jay Leno’s Garage a few years ago. The episode was a deep dive into the actual vehicle’s capabilities vs the imaginary car portrayed on TV.
Of course, the car’s actual engine is not as powerful as the turbine jet engine showcased on TV. It also does not possess self-driving capabilities. With a mere 500 original miles under its belt, this bad boy comes equipped with a sturdy three-speed automatic transmission to aid in stunts.
In addition to its design elements, such as the car’s distinctive red oscillating light below the hood, a key upgrade was made to the car: the implementation of a brake line lock system. This innovative feature allows the front brakes to be held. This enables the rear wheels to spin and produce smoke from the tires. Furthermore, it can also hold the rear brakes, facilitating impressive 180-degree turns.
Jay Leno weighed in on how he felt about Knight Rider’s KITT car now that he’d taken it for a spin. “It drives nice. It drives like a stock Trans-Am,” Leno said.
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