The 1980s promised us many things, and key amongst them was a future filled with talking cars. And while many cars today can ask us "What temperature?" or "Track number, please", none can hold a candle to Knight Industries Two Thousand (KITT), from the 1982 TV series Knight Rider.
(Credit: Heath Craddock)
Until now, that is. As reported by EFTM, an enterprising Novocastrian (ie, someone from Newcastle, NSW), Heath Craddock, has kitted out — sorry, we couldn't resist that pun — a 1982 Pontiac Firebird, to look almost exactly like KITT from the TV series. Except, of course, Craddock's KITT is right-hand drive.
Listed for a cool AU$75,000 on carsales.com.au, the modern-day KITT has been painted a glossy black, it comes equipped with a set of flashing red lights between the bonnet and grille and has a plush, tan leather interior.
Most importantly, though, the new KITT is equipped with an LCD screen with voice recordings from Knight Rider, so if you close your eyes and imagine a pair of budgie smugglers, you, too, can be David Hasselhoff. Even better, Craddock has modified the interior to be a spitting image of KITT's interior; complete with a dashboard filled with the requisite number of lights and LED displays, as well as a centre console armed with enough buttons to make a nuclear missile launch panel envious.