It’s the early ’80s, perms are big, jackets are leather, and 200mph, self-driving, talking cars exist only in the imagination. And then NBC shoved C-3PO into the dashboard of a Pontiac Trans-Am. Perms remained big and jackets remained leather, but the 200mph, self-driving, talking car was now a reality, on screen at least.
The Knight Industries Two Thousand (K.I.T.T) became the coolest car for every eight year old in ’80s America, and even though most of the technology it featured is now hilariously out-of-date (even Mrs. TLCB Writer’s compact hatchback can do more* today), it’s still one of the most famous and enduring TV cars of all time.
Probably both the coolest and cheesiest TV series ever made Knight Rider arrived on our screens in 1982, running for four glorious – although some might say ridiculous – years.
The star of the show was of course the artificially intelligent Pontiac Trans-Am ‘KITT’, a self-aware and nearly indestructible force for good, driven by a crime-fighting David Hasselhoff.
This superb Model Team recreation of the Knight Industries Two Thousand is the work of Flickr’s Alex Jones aka Orion Pax, and he’s published an extensive gallery of top quality photos at his website. Click the link above to visit Alex’s Flickr page where you can be re-routed to the full set of images.
“Michael Knight, a lone crusader in a dangerous world. The world… of the Knight Rider.” The narrator forgets to warn us that Michael drives a slightly uptight and very camp Pontiac Trans Am, but it did have a cool red thingumy on the front and seemed to predict the advent of sat-nav with stunning foresight. Mad Physicist recreates the Knight Industries Two Thousand from Lego brilliantly on Flickr.
Insert the Hoff for twice the aweso… Actually don’t, it’s probably more awesome without him.
Michael Knight, a lone crusader in a dangerous world. The world… of the Knight Rider. Orion Pax reminds reminds us just how cheesy American TV was in the ’80s with his Knight Industries Two Thousand. See more of the camp car on Flickr.