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Knight Rider Car for Sale 151

Posted by samzenpus
from the I-work-for-the-knight-foundation dept.
It's time to put on your leather jacket and get ready to hit Turbo Boost. The talking 1982 Pontiac Trans Am from the 80's hit Knight Rider is up for sale. No word on if it comes with David Hasslehoff but with a price tag of $149,995 I'm sure it won't be on the lot for long. I wonder how much the Knight Foundation will give me on a trade in for Magnum PI's Ferrari?
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Knight Rider Car for Sale

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  • by ZaMoose (24734) on Thursday April 05, 2007 @08:08AM (#18618721)
    It's a trap! As has recently been discovered, KITT is a Cylon [thinkgeek.com]!

    So, unless you particularly enjoy the thought of a genocidal car constantly messing with your mind and trying to take over your home planet, don't buy it.
    • by afd8856 (700296) on Thursday April 05, 2007 @08:19AM (#18618801) Homepage
      That car does miracles, any geek with enough money should try to get it. Just take a look at this [pythong.org]
      • Confused. (Score:2, Funny)

        by mattcasters (67972)
        What a situation, loaded with mod points, but not sure at all how to moderate.
        Never happened to me before. It could go any way: Flamebait, Troll, Funny, Interesting, Overrated

        There should be a category for "WARNING: Contains link to pretty sad music video"

        Anyway, thanks for posting that link... I guess. I'm not touching your post with a 10-foot mod-pole.
      • by Idbar (1034346)
        Certainly, among what you call miracles, "music talent" is not included. However, the "hypnotic" feature to trap girls, might be useful for more than one here.

        Now the question is: Does KITT runs linux?
      • I would get K.A.R.R, much better when running from police
      • by mstahl (701501)
        Wake me up when I can buy a Delorean *with* flux capacitor.
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by jimstapleton (999106)
      Given that the original BSG was supposed to take place around the 1980s...

      Were they planning a merger series? Cylon Rider?
    • Yes, ... (Score:5, Funny)

      by Ihlosi (895663) on Thursday April 05, 2007 @08:23AM (#18618835)
      So, unless you particularly enjoy the thought of a genocidal car constantly messing with your mind and trying to take over your home planet, don't buy it.

      ... get the brand-spankin'-new-looking red '58 Plymouth Fury over there instead.

      • by spun (1352)
        The car wasn't a Fury. The Fury doesn't have rear doors. The "Hydramatic" transmission was developed by GM for Oldsmobile. The Fury uses a pushbutton transmission, not a shift lever. In the movie, they used two cars, a Belvedere and a Savoy.
        • by operagost (62405)
          Your comment was a little confusing. I assume you're pointing out the factual errors in the book. They did indeed use some Furys in the film, repainting them in red (Furys didn't come in red in 1958-- another mistake). King is prety well known for these kinds of goofs. He is a good writer, but he really needs to research better when writing about cars. In "Needful Things," he goofed on a few things too (like misspelling "Hurst" as "Hearst"-- and the "Tucker Talisman" was just plain weird).
          • by spun (1352)
            Yeah, I was pointing the factual errors in the book and the movie. Pedantic Man to the rescue! Did they use actual Furys (is that right? Or is it furies like the Erinyes?) in the movie? I really thought they only used the Belvedere and the Savoy.
    • by BlueTrin (683373)
      Um I can't imagine how much success I will have with girls waking up with that T-Shirt [thinkgeek.com], going to shower with that soap [thehoff.org] driving this car [technovelgy.com] ...
    • It's a trap! As has recently been discovered, KITT is a Cylon!

      Thinkgeek.com and Slashdot are both owned by OSTG [ostg.com] [CC] [nyud.net]
      • by ZaMoose (24734)
        Are you trying to imply that I'm an OSTG shill or something? That shirt was designed by Scott Kurtz of PvP [pvponline.com] fame - I couldn't track down the originating comic [pvponline.com] in time to make a decent comment first time 'round, so sue me.
    • by geobeck (924637)

      KITT is a Cylon!

      Oh great. Now I have stuck in my head, singing with a cylon voice...

      Jump in my car [youtube.com],
      I wanna take you home...
  • One car? (Score:3, Informative)

    by parasonic (699907) on Thursday April 05, 2007 @08:10AM (#18618739)
    For the television show, fifty or so of these cars were produced, so it wouldn't be as hard as you would think to purchase one. Then, of course, you could always build one [knightreplicas.com]!
    • Re:One car? (Score:5, Informative)

      by Scutter (18425) on Thursday April 05, 2007 @08:16AM (#18618783) Journal
      For the television show, fifty or so of these cars were produced, so it wouldn't be as hard as you would think to purchase one. Then, of course, you could always build one!

      FTFA: It is one of four documented "camera cars" used for close-up shots and scenes where David Hasselhoff, who played Michael Knight in the series, was behind the wheel.
    • It was definitely a nice looking car for the time, I watched the pilot and I know this might have been partly intentional, but all the other cars in the pilot were just ugly. Still, it's kind of dated now, in my opinion.
    • by Dan East (318230)
      Well, if the Dukes of Hazzard could have 300+ cars [wikipedia.org], then surely Knight Rider could have at least a paltry 100!

      Through the history of the show, an estimated 309 General Lees were used. Twenty three are still known to exist in various states of repair.

      Dan East
    • I would rather build a replica [madmaxmovies.com] of the Mad Max V8 Interceptor. [madmaxmovies.com]
    • by Monkey (16966)
      When I was a kid and the show was still being produced, my family went on a tour at Universal Studios. We saw all the "KITTs" parked in a row on one part of the lot. As you say, there were many of them. When I saw that, it sort of shattered the illusion in my 10 year old mind that there was only one Knight Rider.
  • by strredwolf (532) on Thursday April 05, 2007 @08:10AM (#18618741) Homepage Journal
    If you check further in, you'll find out that even though it's perfectly restored, it's illegal to drive -- KITT isn't enviromentally friendly currently. Nice to tow to various conventions, though!
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by BlueTrin (683373)
      *Laughing my ass Hoff*
    • by ElephanTS (624421)
      No, you must be wrong there. Didn't it run on water and get 200mpg? That's why the car is expensive - no fuel bills.
      • Not quite. Even though Devon mentioned in the pilot episode it was "Completely fuel efficient", either in the pilot or first series episode, Michael stops and fills up the tank at the pumps. He even got the gas for free because the attendant had gotten spooked after trying to puncture the impervious tires to get a quick tire sale out of the transaction.

        • by magarity (164372)
          Even though Devon mentioned in the pilot episode it was "Completely fuel efficient"

          I hope for your sake you've made that up and didn't really know that off the top of your head.
          That aside, what the heck is 'completely' efficient? Internal combustion engines are far from 100% efficient and no matter how close you think you can get to that level it just isn't attainable if there are any gears or anything like that involved. If Knight Industries has invented a near 100% efficient car they could do a
          • Even though Devon mentioned in the pilot episode it was "Completely fuel efficient"

            I hope for your sake you've made that up and didn't really know that off the top of your head.

            Sadly, I did know that off the top of my head. Someday, I shall show you my Geek Card.

            But, just to prove to myself that my memory isn't failing, I just now looked up the script that had that quote.

            Knight of the Phoenix Part 1 (HTML Version [72.14.209.104]) (PDF Version [screentalk.biz]), Page 21 of the script, you'll find Devon's quote. Text search for the word "efficient".

        • by nelsonal (549144)
          It's been a while since I saw the show, but wasn't it a turbine engine? If so, then it could well have been designed to run on H2 or similar fuels but could burn gasoline in a pinch. That truck couldn't be everywhere you know.
    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Sqweegee (968985)
      Nothing prevents you from buying it and using it in another state or country where emissions aren't checked regularly.
    • by C_L_Lk (1049846)
      Actually various states and provinces have regulations regarding collector cars, classic cars, and other special one-off items that allow you to completely bypass any and all current emission and safety requirements. If you take your Model A for a Sunday drive, it doesn't have to be equipped with safety belts, automatic windshield wipers, or even a functional front bumper - and obviously it doesn't have to meet any emissions requirements. Chances are good in most areas, at least in North America, where th
      • by operagost (62405)
        I'm sure what the poster meant was that the car does not meet 1982 emissions requirements. It was probably a California car, which means it would have had even more stringent requirements. They probably removed the PCV and EGR, chipped the computer, and maybe even removed the cat.
    • They don't have those laws in the land on Lincoln. For a small *cough* donation to the governor's campaign, I'm sure you might be able register it here as well.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by DerekLyons (302214)

      If you check further in, you'll find out that even though it's perfectly restored, it's illegal to drive -- KITT isn't enviromentally friendly currently.

      Not quite correct. It's quite legal to drive cars of that vintage - so long as their original anti-pollution systems are intact. KITT's are not. (Which means it would not have been street legal even then.)
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by PPH (736903)
      In the case of a Trans Am, I think they'll grandfather it in so long as the driver wears the required mullet.
  • by porkThreeWays (895269) on Thursday April 05, 2007 @08:12AM (#18618747)
    I think I just got the biggest geek boner ever.
  • by Lumpy (12016) on Thursday April 05, 2007 @08:15AM (#18618773) Homepage
    Look online the guy that makes the replicas can give you a turn key for less than $70,000 that is complete and to match the season you want.

    Paying huge $$$ for the origional from a B rated Tv show is silly unless you are trillionaire collector. That prop will not go up in price like other items out here.
    • by Rob the Bold (788862) on Thursday April 05, 2007 @09:26AM (#18619425)

      Paying huge $$$ for the origional from a B rated Tv show is silly unless you are trillionaire collector.

      I don't know why you'd call Knight Rider, "B rated". It's campy and cheesy in retrospect, but it wasn't cheap or unpopular.

    • A replique isnt.
      You might notice thats the same reason Obi wans robe from Star Wars fetched 100k$+ in an auction, even though every hobo could give you a near-identical one for $5.
    • by King_TJ (85913)
      And considering it's a Pontiac Trans-Am, it should, in fact, depreciate in value at a frightening pace!
    • by Deagol (323173)
      Personally, I'd rather spend ~$20k and get an unmodified DMC-12. They crop up on eBay from time to time. Plus, you can order a Flux Capacitor [delorean.com] (enter item code 18851985).
    • Look online the guy that makes the replicas can give you a turn key for less than $70,000 that is complete and to match the season you want.

      I should not have to point out that 'replica' != 'original'.
       
       

      That prop will not go up in price like other items out here.

      I see no reason to assume that.
  • by 140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) on Thursday April 05, 2007 @08:16AM (#18618775) Journal
    You used to suffer all through early 1990s, when your car kept saying "A door is ajar" "A door is ajar". Well, this car is the reason why the automakers thought it would be a great idea to make the cars talk. Buy it and vent all your pent up rage on it.
  • I used to love this show as a kid! But a couple years ago I saw an episode of it, and found it completely unwatchable. I think it was a relatively good episode, too. With the formulaic plots, cheesy dialog, and an endless supply of smug, I felt embarrassed by my early fanatical devotion.

    Has anyone else had a similar experience?
    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Billosaur (927319) *

      Can't watch it anymore. It may have appealed to the teenage me, but now you just wince to see David Hasselhoff bantering with the car. Of course, mind you, the car was far more intelligent than Pamela Anderson...

    • by rainer_d (115765)
      > Has anyone else had a similar experience?

      Bingo.
      Same thing happened with other shows (Hart to Hart, for example).
      Just google for one of the sites that collect plots for all the shows - it's a pain to even read it.
      No wonder my parents didn't want me to see it back then....

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      With the formulaic plots, cheesy dialog, and an endless supply of smug, I felt embarrassed by my early fanatical devotion.

      Stop making fun of House! That's one of my favorite...

      Oh. You were talking about Knight Rider. Never mind!
    • That's why children aren't responsible for their actions (for the most part) until they're 18.

      That said, and I'm well over 18 now, I just finished adding all the episode DVDs to my NetFlix list. That's because I was the kid who spent his allowance on the S&H costs to get the detailed KITT schematics mailed to me.
    • by rcw-home (122017)

      Has anyone else had a similar experience?

      As a kid I started to notice that the big fight at the end was always exactly 52 minutes after the hour.

    • Yeah, that happened with a lof ot 80's shows. We had lower expectations on how to be happy back then.

      As a kid, it was easy to "believe in anything" -- everything seemed magical. The alternative "reality" seemed like such a cool place to "live" until you grew up, and realized everything in the fantasy was constructed purposely.

      I think the "magic" was lost, when I found out the buildings in Westerns were only "fronts"
  • I wonder (Score:5, Funny)

    by Capt James McCarthy (860294) on Thursday April 05, 2007 @08:37AM (#18618953) Journal
    If KARR will buy it.
  • by Rob T Firefly (844560) on Thursday April 05, 2007 @08:37AM (#18618965) Homepage Journal
    Wow, KITT isn't street-legal. So much for the "Foundation for Law And Government!"
    • by Stonent1 (594886)
      I read in the past, the reason KITT wasn't street legal was because it does not have a functional front bumper. It has a molded plastic air scoop where the bumper would be and it extends out several inches further than the regular bumper would.
  • by Dachannien (617929) on Thursday April 05, 2007 @08:45AM (#18619037)
    I wonder if the micro jammer still works.

    On everything.

  • It belonged to the estate.
  • So... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Geekfather (1012353) on Thursday April 05, 2007 @08:57AM (#18619119)
    If I buy K.I.T.T. and park it on the streets of London, do you think the car and the Big Brother cameras will argue?
  • Didn't they, like, build a whole bunch of those cars?

    I thought there was more than one.

    Y
  • man and that show sucked. the future of technology was a talking car with d. hasselhoff ( no insult intended). how embarassing.
  • by Mick Ohrberg (744441) <mick.ohrbergNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Thursday April 05, 2007 @09:12AM (#18619249) Homepage Journal
    ...Jay Ohrberg, who also designed and/or built such notable vehicles as the original cruiser for RoboCop [robertwebb.com] (not the spraypainted Taurus we now know), the 100' limo [thelongest...nglast.com], the original Bat-mobile (designed by George Barris), the Pink Panther car [cityoflondon.gov.uk], and a handful other more or less practical vehicles.
  • by ettlz (639203) on Thursday April 05, 2007 @09:16AM (#18619291) Journal
    The original KITT AI:

    Michael, are you sure that's a good idea?
    Then, in 1997, came KITTY:

    Hello, Lone-Crusader-In-A-Dangerous-World! It looks like you're trying to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless, and the powerless in a world of criminals who operate above the law. Would you like me to:
    • Blockade the bad guys?
    • Tell you remember your seat-belt?
    • Track down the bad guy with my hypersonic moustache-sensor?
    • Do a trick?
    Ten years later, we have KITSTA:

    The operation "Emergency Stop" requires extra privileges. Cancel, Allow?
  • by Ace905 (163071) on Thursday April 05, 2007 @09:17AM (#18619309) Homepage
    I'm sort of surprised that hasselhoff himself isn't buying the car.

    I know he really hated that show near the end, and after it was canceled he started referring to his 'gigs' showing up with the car as 'the dog and pony show'. Still though, how funny would it be to throw on a leather jacket and go cruising in your old talking car?

    He might not get the babes, but what cop in his right mind would give him a speeding ticket? He's the KnightRider!

    ---
    Knight Ride This! [douginadress.com]
  • This really is a career opportunity. Take an older car towards which males of a certain age feel an emotional affirmative bond. Add a CPU with an "Eliza" program, a speech synthesizer, a text-to-speech analyser, and add robotic interfaces to the vehicle's motion controls. Sell for ten times the price of the car and the electronics.

    It is not a good idea to assume that there is always going to be a job awaiting you and your skills. An idea like the one above provides a means to generate an
    • by julesh (229690)
      Add a CPU with an "Eliza" program, a speech synthesizer, a text-to-speech analyser, and add robotic interfaces to the vehicle's motion controls.

      I can see it now. "Why do you say let's so double killer delete select all?"
  • by LukePH (1065930)
    lol, I can just imagine the car working like this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EUkt8yP_HhI [youtube.com]
  • Ah, the old days. Relive all the craziness at once [hammerandcoop.com].
  • I used to work in a 10min quick lube. One of these up close cars was in frequently for oil changes. It looked pretty cool. Had these little cassette things that would play kitt's voice.
  • It's a Pontiac!
    149k for a 1982 fall apart car is outrageous.
  • FTA:

    Most of the buttons don't do anything, Verhoek said
    Does this mean one of the buttons might do something? If I push them all but eject, and they all do nothing, should I not push eject??
  • ...without the Hoff. Thanks.
  • I was watching the Jay Leno Show, and in the segment 'We found it on Ebay' they looked at a replica of this car! Its price was only 16500 though ... though noone bid on it.
  • I wonder how much are the windshield wipers...
  • Batmobile -check General Lee -check Magnum P.I.'s Ferrai -check and KITT -check Whats next A-Team Van? "Ah pitty da fool who buys this hunk of garbage, ha ha ha ha!"

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