A rare version of KITT, the iconic talking black car from the US 1980s TV show Knight Rider has just been sold on the internet auction site eBay.
The KITT model, built from a Pontiac Trans Ams — and most recently used in the third and fourth series of Knight Rider as well as the TV film and also used in 2006 film The Benchwarmers which starred Rob Schneider — eventually sold for $53,000.
It was initially used in the third season and then re-converted to simulate the ‘Super Pursuit Mode’ that debuted in the fourth season.
The car was also used in the 1984 Knight Rider made for television movie and, later, for exhibition and promotional purposes.
• Knight Rider has recently been revived in the US to huge ratings on its initial airing back in February on NBC. The Hollywood Reporter recently noted Paul Campbell is set to join the ensemble cast fronted by Justin Bruening. Campbell will play the head research tech at Knight Industries. (More news about the new show can also be found on KittSite).
• The pilot for the new show will be released on Region 1 DVD in September.
• The new KITT dropped the Pontiac design in favour of a Shelby GT500KR.
• Knight Rider Online
The oldest Knight Rider fan site
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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.