1982 Knight industries two thousand “K.I.T.T”
Third Floor - History
Driven in the TV series Knight Rider (1982-1986)
DESIGNER: Michael Scheffe
BUILDER: Universal Studios
BASED ON: 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans AM
Knight Industries Two Thousand (K.I.T.T.) was an artificially intelligent, fully autonomous vehicle theoretically equipped with a hydrogen-powered turbojet engine, advanced construction, and a battery of tools and weaponry. Knight Rider creator Glen A. Larson chose the then-newly redesigned Firebird as the basis for K.I.T.T. and initially acquired 20 examples for production use. This car, one of four used for the show’s pilot episode, is among the few original K.I.T.T.s that survived destruction later mandated by Pontiac.
From the collection of AJ Palmgren & Joe Huth, the Knight Rider Historians