When Knight Rider peaked in popularity during the 1980s, it was the nearly indestructible KITT, a heavily modified Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, that helped the series become a fan favorite. One auto enthusiast from the Detroit-area decided to spend three years making it a reality. Continue reading for a video and more information.

He started out with 1991 Pontiac Trans Am which had a better drive train but was nine years newer than the car used in Knight Rider. He eventually bought four more Trans Ams – two each from 1982 and 1983 – so he could replace the necessary panels and parts to make his car look exactly like KITT.

Palmer’s ’91 Pontiac had a five-speed manual transmission, unlike KITT’s automatic, so he chopped the gear shift and swapped out the knob to make it look authentic.

He was lucky enough the find the trademark front bumper and complete dashboard on eBay, and he just had to modify those and install them. In the end, the car turned out better than he ever hoped, as evidenced by all the attention he gets driving around in his impressive KITT.

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