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"KITT" at the New York Auto Show

Post by neps » Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:53 am

So the good Knight Rider fun at the Auto show was running into JJSoCrazy, was really great to finally meet him after chatting for so long on this forum. So thank you for introducing yourself.

And now the bad:
Ugh. So nestled in the WAAAAY back of the 2nd floor (bottom level) of the New York Auto Show is a small collection (under a dozen) of Star Cars. One of them happens to be our friend KITT. Or a horrid impostor of him.

Lots exterior and interior completely wrong and awful. Plus the most offensive thing of all is the Barris badge on the Car. :|

Here is what I see, feel free to add your own.

Reflectors on front nose
Scanner LEDs faceted
WTF is that Dash/Wheel?

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here is a better look at the dash on CNET:
http://reviews.cnet.com/2300-31347_7-10 ... mncol;thum

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Re: "KITT" at the New York Auto Show

Post by KITT » Tue Apr 06, 2010 1:00 am

i'm offended. that is an insult to the knight rider legacy.
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Post by Josch Schulz » Tue Apr 06, 2010 3:41 am

That is ugly, a way to make fast money with low budget. Even my Falgas Car looks bedder like this :lol: :mrgreen: :kitt:
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Post by Alex » Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:57 am

I think that is created very badly, because this will be the same original of the car KITT, because the lack Scanner, Dashboard and many others, so every car KITT has to be unique and original.

The true of the car KITT when the actor David Hasselhoff participated in the series television Knight Rider of the 80 years was spectacular and the Super Pursuit Mode KITT also.

The creators Jay Ohrberg, George Barris and Dennis Braid created the cars Knight Industries Two Thousand that is Pontiac Firerbird Trans-Am Super-Cars KITT it was a great success.

The car KITT will be the greatest story ever!

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Post by Victor Kros » Tue Apr 06, 2010 10:40 am

Is this the El Coche Fantastico (Supercar)version? You know a blatant, low grade, lack of attention to detail knock off? I'm surprised Barris would "approve" this. From what I can tell in the photos and i'm not even a replica expert here, the front bumper orange "turn signals" are horrid, it has no louvers or accurate foglights/grooves (those are never "squared" off, Scheffe insisted on curves and rounded corners) - the scanner is a flat JC Whitney bar (they used two of them in the Impala on Supernatural's Knight Rider spoof "Changing Channels"). It has what looks like yellow construction lines along the "dash" - which looks more like something out of Tron. I spot red, green, and blue countdowns? They look like glued on legos?

Do you have any close ups of the dash details (besides c-net)? I'd love to see more photos of it just for the sheer absurd nature of it all.

The "gullwing" is a joke, as is the single tv unit. I dare say the only accuracy on this thing is the spoiler and blackout. Even the KNIGHT Plate is synthetic and looks to be made of plastic.

Clearly this is the worst claim to screen accuracy for K.I.T.T. I've ever seen and I've seen some pretty weak looking replicas in my time at various shows.

On another note, how was the "Burton" Batmobile in the background - did that have a Barris badge too? The interior looks off on that one too but not as bad. There's no "red" on the gauges in the actual screen accurate car.

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http://www.chickslovethecar.com/KeatonBlueprints.aspx

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Thanks for sharing.

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Post by Knight Racer » Tue Apr 06, 2010 11:07 am

I might go there this Sunday seeing as how i've never seen a kitt replica up close yet.I haven't gone to the auto show since the Michael Keaton Batmobile was shown about 3-5 years ago along with a motts applesauce taxi cab,and Michael Jordan's porche.

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Post by Matthew » Tue Apr 06, 2010 11:09 am

I have to say that this disgusts me on so many levels. The sheer absurdity of the cheapness is particularly offensive, given that it’s presented as a “star car,” which to me, is an affront to the work that went into designing, building and maintaining the cars that were featured on the show.

Suffice to say that given the choice, I’d take a basic dashboard with cardboard buttons and gauges over this, because at least the dashboards that were used in the stunt cars tried to replicate the look of those in the hero car at a cost that was effective for the lunacy, and likelihood of destruction that was associated with those cars.

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Post by Lost Knight » Tue Apr 06, 2010 12:47 pm

Aside from the blatant inaccuracies and atrocious dashboard, the actual upholstery and PMD seats appear to be nice, judging from the pictures. I will try to make it to the show this weekend and check it out for myself.

I have a Polaroid of my father and I standing beside the Tim Burton Batmobile in 1989 at the Javits Center. I've always wondered if that was a replica or screen-used vehicle at that time. I also have a Polaroid of me sitting in the Back To the Future DeLorean a couple of years later, also at the Javits Center, but vividly remember all the Time Circuits being red (instead of the accurate red, green and amber colors) and the Flux Capacitor not having any lights. There was a plaque next to it stating it was a screen-used vehicle and its value at the time, but I am not sure since I heard that parts for the DeLoreans that toured were cannibalized and swapped around between cars. I'll try and find the pictures and scan them this week along with my own K.I.T.T. pictures if I make it to the show.

Victor Kros wrote:Even the KNIGHT Plate is synthetic and looks to be made of plastic.


Was the original "KNIGHT" license plate in the original series synthetic also? I ask because a couple of years back on this site there was a thread with a supposed screen-used real "KNIGHT" license plate, but the letter "I" was a different font than the plate on the show, which caused a lot of debate as to whether it belonged to a stunt car or not. I concluded that a real California license plate would have had the different letter "I" (as the one in the eBay auction in question) and that it was different on the show because it was never a real plate. That's just speculation on my part, though. I do know that the producers had to pay off whoever the owner was that had the "KNIGHT" plate before the series started.
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Post by iKITT » Tue Apr 06, 2010 4:58 pm

I am highly offended by this cheap money-grabbing attempt of a "star car" the New York Auto Show's crew allowed on the floor. Honestly, it's a mockery of KITT and of all the replica owners that do all they can to make their Trans Ams into KITT as accurately as possible. I could do better with cardboard boxes, duct tape and paint. In the least, mine would have the correct colors in the correct places. Sheesh! The front is atrocious to look at to say the least. Those orange lights have GOT to go. They're disgusting! The scanner isn't much better. I would've let that slide a bit had the rest of the car been better. At least the body and the tan interior look well-kept for the most part (I say that because the photo of the driver-side door seems to lead me to believe said door isn't sitting properly with the rest of the frame) and they got the hood/spoiler/blackouts/wheels right. :? It further proves to me they just want your money and don't care about quality. Cars shows went downhill years ago, IMO.

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Post by JJSoCrazy » Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:32 pm

Hey guys!

Yes it was a pleasure to finally meet Neps at the auto show! It was such a coincidence, I knew from far away it was him so I figured to say hello, nice to see you with your son having fun! Thanks for the appraisal btw Nick, hopefully we will meet soon also!

I also saw KITT downstairs and I actually got to take a picture up close with it, they actually let me go right next to the car. The outside was ok considering the nose lined up really well, however the interior was DISGUSTING! I mean couldn't they come up with something better than that? I will post pics of me and KITT when I get them from my iPhone downloaded to my computer.

BTW Neil you forgot to mention the A-team van upstairs! It was nice to see it in person I guess promoting the new movie coming out.

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Post by kitt34 » Fri Apr 09, 2010 7:19 pm

iKITT wrote:I am highly offended by this cheap money-grabbing attempt of a "star car" the New York Auto Show's crew allowed on the floor. Honestly, it's a mockery of KITT and of all the replica owners that do all they can to make their Trans Ams into KITT as accurately as possible. I could do better with cardboard boxes, duct tape and paint. In the least, mine would have the correct colors in the correct places. Sheesh! The front is atrocious to look at to say the least. Those orange lights have GOT to go. They're disgusting! The scanner isn't much better. I would've let that slide a bit had the rest of the car been better. At least the body and the tan interior look well-kept for the most part (I say that because the photo of the driver-side door seems to lead me to believe said door isn't sitting properly with the rest of the frame) and they got the hood/spoiler/blackouts/wheels right. :? It further proves to me they just want your money and don't care about quality. Cars shows went downhill years ago, IMO.


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Post by Jay » Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:14 am

This is so horrible that I cannot find the words to describe it. Just terrible... but this isn't the first time this vehicle, with the Barris badge, has been spotted. I vaguely remember this terrible abomination being shown somewhere else a couple of years ago. Pretty sure it was one these boards; if not, on Registries.

I dunno what's worse, the random lights to the sides of the display, or those yellow stripes. No, the whole package is some sort of horrific joke.
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Post by Lost Knight » Sun Apr 11, 2010 2:39 pm

So I caught the Auto Show yesterday and caught a glimpse of this...car. Apparently they all belong to a private collector and the Batmobile was supposedly one of 7 screen-used cars and is built upon a Corvette chassis.

I don't have any pictures better than the ones already posted, but they did add a cardboard David Hasselhoff :lol: :

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Post by Victor Kros » Sun Apr 11, 2010 3:22 pm

Interesting...

Tim Burton's live-action films Batman and Batman Returns presented a different version of the Batmobile. It reflected the environment of Burton's Art Deco Gotham City. It was long, low and sleek, and was built on a Chevy Impala chassis

It is well documented that a corvette chassis is too small to accommodate the length of the custom fabricated batmobile "body kit" unless you substantially modify the chassis to extend it.

Original screen used Batmobile #5 that was on ebay -

http://www.worldcarfans.com/10805061382 ... -us-500000

This one in NY is probably not screen used and the interior was definately off from the original. It's a good bet that K.I.T.T. wasn't the only star car "knock-off" claimed as an "original" screen used car displayed at the show.

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Post by Lost Knight » Sun Apr 11, 2010 4:24 pm

This Batmobile is definitely a different vehicle than the one in that link. I took the information with a grain of salt because I spotted a few inaccuracies from the Batmobile in the original movie. I wasn't sure because for all I know it could have some refurbished parts and restoration work done to it...

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Post by Knight Racer » Sun Apr 11, 2010 7:57 pm

I enjoyed it last Wednesday.I got my friend to go with me.Cost me about $28 to see this kitt even if it was an insult to all kitts out there.I asked the show lady if she could take a few pictures of me in front of kitt.I had about 30 people around jealous that I crossed the velvet rope lol.Then I went around the other side to get some pictures of kitt's bumper.I asked the other show lady from the back If I could get some pics of kitt.

In oe of them I was thinking it would be funny to look like I was breaking into kitt.The flash from my phone made the blackout in the back show the pontiac lights.Also there was a David Hasselhoff poster on the inside of the car placed on the drivers side seat.The dashbopard looked like it had some glued on fake jewelry lol.

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Post by Knight Racer » Sun Apr 11, 2010 10:29 pm

Sorry those links don't work.I added it to my photobucket.

http://s728.photobucket.com/albums/ww28 ... 0Autoshow/

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Post by Lost Knight » Mon Apr 12, 2010 1:19 am

Hey, nice shot of that interior. It's even more horrible than I thought!!! Yellow, blue and purple stripes?!?
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Post by ThomasKnight » Mon Apr 12, 2010 6:26 am

This dash reminds me one of the stunt cars (posted as a dashboard blunder) and also the spm and convertible kitt dash in the series, but this is a beuty masterpiece according to AJ Palmgreen's thruly horrifying voicebox and dashpart replacements on his original KITT :mrgreen: :good: nice work :good: :wink:
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Post by manaras » Mon Apr 12, 2010 3:53 pm

what is this?this is KITT?hell no.this is a cheap replica :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

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