David Hasselhoff is auctioning off all kinds of fun collectibles and merchandise he's collected over the course of his career, and the creme of the crop is the actor's personal Knight Rider car that he'll even deliver to you personally. In the classic NBC series, Hasselhoff played Michael Knight, a crime fighter who drove a technologically-advanced supercar called KITT.
Now, Hasselhoff's personal KITT can be yours, but it's not going to come cheap. The customized 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is described as a "fully functional KITT car with full conversion." What's more, the listing claims Hasselhoff will deliver the car himself to the winning bidder if the price exceeds 25% above the reserve price, and that seems all but guaranteed to happen.
Hasselhoff's KITT car was estimated to sell for an amount somewhere between $175,000 and $300,000. With over two weeks to go before the auction takes place with live bidders, early bids have already pushed the sale price up to $475,000, and that number is more than likely to continue rising. It remains to be seen just how much the vehicle will end up selling for at the auction, but there's no doubt that the car will be the biggest earner at the event for the Hoff.
The Knight Rider car might be stealing the show here, but there are many other items Hasselhoff has up for sale through the Hoff Auction at Live Auctioneers. Another big item is the freaky "Big Dave" prop from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, a giant recreation of the Hoff's upper body. He is also selling his personal Baywatch duffle bag, complete with his signature. Even Hasselhoff's 2006 VH1 Comeback Star of the Year award is up for grabs. Any one of these items would certainly make for excellent conversation starters when placed on display at home.
Created by Glen A. Larson, Knight Rider premiered on NBC in 1982 and ran for four seasons, coming to an end in 1986. Along with David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, William Daniels also starred as the voice of KITT. Hasselhoff and Daniels would later return for the TV movie sequel Knight Rider 2000 in 1991. In 2008, Knight Rider was rebooted at NBC without Hasselhoff and with Val Kilmer as the new voice of KITT. The short-lived series lasted for one season on the network.
Last year, Deadline reported that a new Knight Rider movie was in development at Spyglass Films from producers James Wan and Michael Clear. T.J. Fixman was also hired to write the screenplay for the movie. Recently, Hasselhoff provided an update on the project and revealed that he's open to returning to the role of Michael Knight if Fixman chooses to make the movie a continuation of the story rather than a reimagining.
"The concept, I don't really know," the Hoff told Consequence of Sound. "I threw my hat in the ring as 'nostalgia meets Knight Rider of today,' which is not a new Knight Rider, but a continuation of it. They want to do a script that has my approval on it. Whether I'm in it or not, or whether I approve of it, the answer is: I don't know."
If you want to place a bid on Hasselhoff's Knight Rider car or to check out the rest of the collection, you can head over to Live Auctioneers.