Recycled Hawtness: Man Builds Ultimate KITT Replica (w/ video)


Knight Ride KITT Replica

If you were a child of the 80s, you already know what you’re looking at. If you’re not (I feel bad for you, truly), that’s KITT’s dashboard, and the man you see driving around in it has spent the last three years building a pitch-perfect replica of Knight Rider‘s least porn-y headliner from the bones of a 1991 Pontiac Firebird GTA. Put simply: it’s amazing.

We love the idea of refurbishing old cars here on Gas2, and, like the Singer Porsche, this Pontiac represents the best kind of restomod. With love and energy and effort, the owner of this Pontiac has saved it from a life of trailer park hooning, eigth-mile races, and general junkyard dismissal and put it back on the road. With 5-second 0-60 times, a top speed over 140 mph, and around 24 mpg available from the car’s 5.7L V8 engine, though, the car is arguably competitive with many similar-performing vehicles today that – let’s face it! – don’t look like KITT.

Check out the latest take on our “the greenest car is the one that’s already been built” theme of recycled hawtness, below. Enjoy!


Source | Photos: Hagerty Knows Classics, via Opposite Lock.

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I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.
  • Jason Carpp

    I remember Knight Rider from the 80s starring David Hasselhoff, as Michael Knight, and K.I.T.T., a 1980s Pontiac Firebird tastefully modified to perform all kinds of sweet stunts. I miss that show, and more importantly, I miss the car. I was hoping, when it was remade for tv again in the late 90s, early 00s, the tv execs would’ve used a more contemporary version of the Pontiac Firebird instead of the new Ford Mustang.

    • Jo Borras


      • Jason Carpp

        Remade nothing?

  • UncleB

    Imaginary Warriors
    Yes, since the days of car “cockpits” replicating the antiquated and complicated jet fighters of the day . . . Testosterone soaked, illogical and militant, the age of the modern road centurions three decades passed . . . And today’s youth? the unmanned drone? How in Hell do you build spectacular testosterone soaked imagery with a small, ugly, Asian woman in a bunker aiming a fully electric drone at your ass from China? Emasculated masturbaters hiding at computer consoles in their parent’s basements, soaked in
    mid twentieth century American mythology, the future army to defend against the ‘Asian Invasion’ of technological intellectual and manufacturing prowess? How ’bout two computers fighting against each other, and more GMO’s in the sugar appeasers for a mock masculinity in a fairy land, imaginary world, or even a life of reviving “Straight Eight Oldsmobiles” in post 1960’s Detroit City
    landscapes until the money can no longer be laundered and diluted by the mystical Feds, and poverty awakens them from their mythologies?

    • Jo Borras

      Now, now, UncleB. In this day and age it will probably be an American drone aimed at you.

      • UncleB

        Naaaw. My Canadian ass hides behind the snowflakes, and our prime minister or as the rest of the world knows him, our Governor of this American Protectorate called Canada has already sold, through Exxon and BP, everything we ever had of value.