There’s a treat in store for fans of 1980s television show Knight Rider as star David Hasselhoff’s iconic car, KITT, goes on display this week at Newbridge Silverware’s visitor centre.
The actor is auctioning off his own 1986 Pontiac Firebird, along with a host of other personal items, through Hollywood auction house Julien’s.
The auction house has a long association with Newbridge Silverware, which has hosted several collections of its silver screen memorabilia.
The car on display is a replica of the KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand) vehicle used in the series, and was given as a gift to the actor.
The action-packed television show ran from 1982 to 1986, and starred Hasselhoff as crime fighter Michael Knight. KITT came complete with artificial intelligence and a personality all of its own. It could cruise at 300mph, leap up to 50 feet through the air and was loaded with flamethrowers, smoke bombs and infrared sensing devices.
Irishman Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions, said: “KITT is a truly iconic piece of TV history. Knight Rider was a hugely popular TV show not only here in Ireland but also worldwide. Irish fans of the show and the Hoff should ensure they capture a picture with this car before it goes up for auction as it may never be available to the public again.”
Marie Brennan from Newbridge Silverware commented, “We are delighted to welcome KITT to our Visitor Centre in Newbridge. It is sure to attract a wide variety of visitors as Knight Rider was one of the great TV hits of the 1980s and has great memories for many people, including myself. I’m sure there are lots of fans around who would like to sit in the Hoff’s seat and get a photograph before the car is sold.”
Entry to the visitor’s centre and Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons is free. KITT will be on display from 9.30am until 5pm, Monday to Saturday, 11am – 5pm on Sundays from until Sunday, April 27.