One of the most famous cars in film/TV history is up for grabs to a well-heeled investor. Picture: SUPPLIED
One of the most famous cars in film/TV history is up for grabs to a well-heeled investor. Picture: SUPPLIED

Fancy a piece of famous 1980s motoring and TV memorabilia?

The iconic Pontiac Trans Am Firebird used in the Knight Rider television series, better known in the show as KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand), is being auctioned later this month by UK-based LiveAuctioneers. It’s the personal car of actor David Hasselhoff who portrayed Michael Knight in the series, and as a bonus “The Hoff” will personally deliver the car to its new owner.

The fully functional left-hand-drive car is converted to look like the advanced talking Trans Am in the cult TV show, including the hi-tech (for the time) dashboard with its array of colourful buttons and digital displays.

Knight Rider ran from 1982 to 1986 and KITT earned cult status in automotive lore, alongside vehicles like the Back to the Future DeLorean time machine and Herbie the anthropomorphic VW Beetle.

The prescient TV series forecast a number of technologies that are getting closer to reality in modern cars three-and-a-half decades later. For example, the fictional KITT had an advanced on-board artificial intelligence which talked and wisecracked with its driver, and was able to drive itself.

Actor David Hasselhoff will personally deliver the Trans Am to its new owner. Picture: SUPPLIED
Actor David Hasselhoff will personally deliver the Trans Am to its new owner. Picture: SUPPLIED

The car being auctioned doesn’t have these abilities, of course, and neither is it able to jump over obstacles by means of a turbo boost button like it did on the show.

What it does offer is the chance for a serious collector to acquire an iconic item of automotive pop culture, and perhaps make a good investment.

More than 40 years of Hasselhoff’s personal items, such as his screen and stage wardrobe, awards, scripts, toys, autographed items, photos, music, film and television memorabilia will also go under the hammer at the online auction that takes place here on January 23.

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