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Michael (Long) was a dirty cop?

Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2005 9:29 am
by screaming_chicken
Where did Michael (Long) take the money to buy Pontiac Trans Am in year 1982.
I think they cost like hell in year 1982 ?
Or maybe Trans Am was only undercover police vehicle? :lol:

Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2005 10:12 am
by Lost Knight
He could have inherited money from his parents' death, or just had money saved already.

Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2005 10:23 am
by KITTfan
I have Finnish V8 Magazine from 1983 that have testdrive report of '83 black & gold Pontiac Trans-Am and it tells the starting price has been for a Trans-Am $7976 USD at the time. I of course don't know how the value of the dollar have been so I don't know how expensive it has been in 1983 for American's.
That same report tells that in Finland it would've been cost over 300.000 FIM at the time, maybe that explains why early 80's Trans-Am's are so extremely rare here :lol:
Oh, and welcome to the KRO :)

-KITTfan-

Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2005 1:21 pm
by Michael Pajaro
Trans Ams weren't that expensive. That's one of the reasons why they were so popular in the U.S. The Corvette was more of the semi-wealthy man's sports car.

It all depends on where your priorities are: if an 80s cop wanted to drive a hot-looking car, he shouldn't have had too much trouble saving up for a Trans Am.

Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2005 6:54 pm
by Fantine
And also, nothing says he had to have had it paid off. :)

*edit for a typo*

Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2005 8:07 pm
by Lyn
I didn't think Michael Long was a dirty cop; he was just
caught in the line of fire, thanks to a bust gone bad, and I didn't hear anything about Michael long needing to pay off any debts, either....

Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2005 9:02 pm
by Knight Racer
The value of money doubles every 9 years.

Posted: Tue Oct 11, 2005 10:29 pm
by jup
What does a debter do when a person/payee pass away?

Mind you, some of Long's fellow police officers were in on his new life. But, otherwise, he was completely remade as Knight.

Posted: Wed Oct 12, 2005 2:32 pm
by pdennis93
like weird al yankovic, they "eat it"

meaning if you owe money to a credit card company or for a car or whatever, if you die, they usually just eat the loss, thats what insurance is for.

Re: Michael (Long) was a dirty cop?

Posted: Sat Oct 15, 2005 4:40 pm
by OKC KNIGHT
screaming_chicken wrote:Where did Michael (Long) take the money to buy Pontiac Trans Am in year 1982.
I think they cost like hell in year 1982 ?
Or maybe Trans Am was only undercover police vehicle? :lol:



A little off topic,But I thought I would mention that I know of 2 82 trans Am's that were purchased new in 82 for police use with the Missouri highway patrol.One was light blue and even had a spot light on the drivers side :shock:.Luckily I helped myself to its Turbo Cast wheels since the owner didn't know squat about knight rider :lol: 8)

The other one was painted orange and used in Pennsylvania.

And if you rent one of the Cannonball Run movies you'll see them use a few 82 trans am police cars with Turbo cast wheels and bowling ball caps 8)

Re: Michael (Long) was a dirty cop?

Posted: Sat Oct 15, 2005 4:49 pm
by TurbomanKnight
OKC KNIGHT wrote:Luckily I helped myself to its Turbo Cast wheels since the owner didn't know squat about knight rider :lol: 8)


:lol: Is that all you took? No round Shifter? No PMDS? :shock:

Re: Michael (Long) was a dirty cop?

Posted: Sat Oct 15, 2005 4:56 pm
by OKC KNIGHT
TurbomanKnight wrote:
OKC KNIGHT wrote:Luckily I helped myself to its Turbo Cast wheels since the owner didn't know squat about knight rider :lol: 8)


:lol: Is that all you took? No round Shifter? No PMDS? :shock:


It had no pmd seats and the car had a aftermarket hurst shifter . :? :cry:

Posted: Sat Oct 15, 2005 5:03 pm
by TurbomanKnight
Thats what pisses me off on Ebay, when I look at 82 T/A parts cars. :evil:

Posted: Sun Oct 16, 2005 12:38 pm
by pdennis93
cannonball run 2 had the 1982-1983 TA cop cars in white

cannonball run 1 had 1980-81 blue TA cop cars

Posted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 2:48 pm
by knghtrdr
I'm new,but I do a lot of surfing.I click on a link in here,wich was about the before and after of micheal long!

While he was a boy,he saved as much money as he could.When he reached his teens,he had enough to buy the trans am!

It was a very interesting story,and if I find the link again,i will bring it in here!It's all about his younger days,his first love and so on,all the way to his first meet with wilton,long before KARR was even built!

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2006 5:26 am
by GWADA.TYS
You musn't forget that Michael Long was a "beret vert" & a special forces, he went to Vietnam during 3 years.

And back to a "normal" life as a police officer, after 10 years he became a lieutnant for Los Angeles Departement.

So all theses statues gave him enough money I think for bought a TA... :wink:

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:18 am
by 89 formula
I was only a kid in the early 80's, but my older brother bought a brand new T/A in 1984. At that time, he was only a high-school student with a part time job. I therefore don't think T/A's were THAT far out of reach....although back then, he did beat enough lunch money out of me to at least partially fund this investment....

Posted: Wed Jan 11, 2006 4:15 pm
by knghtrdr
Good point wava,had forgotten that,thanks for reminding me!

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2006 3:52 am
by Darknight
Knight Racer wrote:The value of money doubles every 9 years.


Unfortunately, the value of money actually does the opposite, or divides, every decade or so because inflation, or the amount of money needed to purchase common goods, grows each year by (hopefully) a small amount.