David Hasselhoff Is Auctioning Off His Personal Knight Rider K.I.T.T. Car
While David Hasselhoff was technically the star of NBC’s hit ’80s series Knight Rider, K.I.T.T. often stole the show. Voiced by William Daniels (better known by ’90s kids as Boy Meets World’s Mr. Feeny), the sentient automobile-slash-sidekick could talk, leap, and take out almost any baddie in its path.
Now, one lucky nostalgist will have the chance to own the car themselves. As Car and Driver reports, Hasselhoff is currently auctioning off his personal version of the 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Neither K.I.T.T.’s legendary weapons arsenal nor Daniels’s verbal charm is a feature of this particular vehicle, but it is a “fully functional” ride, according to LiveAuctioneers. It also boasts an impressively colorful display of dashboard lights.
K.I.T.T.’s appearance evolved slightly during the show’s later seasons. George Barris—the mastermind behind Adam West’s Batmobile—added hood scoops, wings, and other bells and whistles for season three, and he also designed modifications to allow for specific stunts. But the tricked-out car still always looked like a Firebird, and fans who see one on the street today are sure to recognize it as K.I.T.T.’s kin.
Predictably, Hasselhoff’s once-in-a-lifetime offering isn’t exactly a bargain. Though estimated to fetch somewhere between $175,000 and $300,000, the leading bid (as of January 8) is $450,000. If it sells for at least 25 percent more than the reserve price—the lowest price a seller is willing to accept for an item—Hasselhoff will show up to the new owner’s garage and pass off the car himself.
If you can afford to shell out around half a million dollars for the ultimate ’80s memorabilia, place your bid before January 23 here.
[h/t Car and Driver]