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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Non T-Top Cars


Starting in roughly the second season, a sharp eyed viewer could begin to spot non T-top versions of K.I.T.T. on the screen. The producers were very clever in their attempts to make the cars look like they had t-tops: they applied trip pieces where the t-tops seams would be. Also, non-top cars received a boxy overhead console as opposed to the form fitting one seen in the t-top version. Check out some examples below, including an interior shot of a hardtop car.






Thursday, July 26, 2012

New Knight Rider Book Now Available!



After countless hours interviewing, compiling, editing and designing, David and I are pleased to announce that Knight Rider: 30 Years of a Lone Crusader and His Talking Car is now available to purchase in paperback form.

The book features over 60 brand new interviews with Knight Rider cast and crew members as well as guest stars - all laid out in an episode format. This book also contains all-new trivia and script-to-screen analysis and a wealth of newly unearthed photos.

For those of you interested in purchasing a hardcover version, it will be released in the next week, so hang in there or, buy both versions! :-D

A huge thank you to Rob Ormondroyd, who designed the awesome cover.

I really hope you all enjoy this new book. It was truly a labor of love.

Available for purchase here:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/joe-huth-and-david-bronstein/knight-rider-30-years-of-a-lone-crusader-and-his-talking-car-paperback-bw/paperback/product-20294358.html

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Crew Belt Buckle

Throughout the course of the series, the cast and crew members received many Knight Rider branded items that were not available to the general public - crew jackets, hats, pins, clocks, ornaments and belt buckles, such as the two varieties shown below. If you find one, snatch it up - they are quite rare!









Saturday, July 7, 2012

Support the Knight Rider Historians!

As we approach the one year anniversary of Knight Rider Historians.com on September 1st, we want to take a moment to thank all of you who have visited. Over 31,000 hits in 10 months! Not too shabby.

As we move into our second year, we have some ambitious plans, but we need YOUR help to make them happen! We are looking for donations that will allow us to expand this website into more than just a blog - we want to open up our vast Knight Rider photo and video archives to you, as well as create a community forum. Beyond cyberspace, your contributions will also allow us the ability to bring our huge collection of screen used props and screen used cars to Knight Rider events nationwide. This all takes money! It is quite expensive to transport items such as cars across the country. If each of you were to contribute a small amount, that can go a long way toward our goal.

You will notice a new PayPal Donation on the left hand side of the screen. If you care to give, please click on it and follow the instructions.

Please note: If your browser is currently pointed to www.KnightRiderHistorians.com, the button may not work. I am working on it. Instead, please go to: http://knightriderhistorians.blogspot.com/ and then click on the Donate button.

We will try to come up with some donation prizes for certain donation levels, which will retro back to any donations that are submitted in the meantime.

Thanks to all - we look forward to a great second year here at KRH!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Is this the first Universal Theme Park KITT?












These pictures were given to me last year and they have me very intrigued. As it is known, there were two KITT cars on display at Universal Studios theme park. How can you tell them apart? Well, if it's a 2 TV dash, it's the first car. However, the 1st car later received a 1 TV dash too. The second car received the season 3/4 stage dash. Here's how to tell those apart - the first car had square directional LEDs on the compass, while the second car had the correct arrow LEDs. Also, the first car didn't have swithpod buttons between the LEDs while the second did. Also, the first car had diamond plating on the driver's side floor - the second didn't. Both cars were 1984 models. Here's a breakdown of the timeline of these cars:


1984 - 1986: Display Car 1 with 2 TV dash
1986 - 1991: Display Car 1 with 1 TV dash
1988 - 1993: Display Car 2
1993 - 1997: Display Car 1
1997 - 2000: Display Car 1 (off the water, parked along a walkway with tinted windows)
2001: First Display car supposedly sold
2008: Second Display Car sent to salvage yard


Anyways, regarding these pictures. The last picture shows both of the display cars. The one shown up close is MIA. The other one went to a junkyard in 2008. However, these other pictures also look like they could be the first car. All except the dash - that's a Mark Scrivani dash. However, due to the fact that I own a number of dash pieces from this first car, perhaps the original dash was replaced with Mark's? 


Has anyone out there seen these pictures, or can anyone shed any light on to the whereabouts of this car? We'd love to know!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Tour Car #1




In 1983, Universal Studios had multiple K.I.T.T. cars built for exhibitions throughout the world. For the next few years, these cars would travel to various malls and expos and were greeted with long lines of fans waiting to get a chance to sit in their favorite car. This first car was an SE model, with tan armrests, manual window cranks and a manual transmission. We've been able to identify at least 7 different tour cars in our research, and the current whereabouts of most of these cars are unknown. Many mysteries surround these cars, such as who actually did the construction work. Was it Universal? Was it Jay Ohrberg? Carl Casper? We will find out!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Knight Rider Crew Jackets, Pt. 1



The jacket seen above is an original season one crew jacket. It is 100% nylon and made by Rene Ri de France with an embroidered design of K.I.T.T. on the back. This same logo was used during the second season, but the jacket was satin. This size medium jacket is owned by the Knight Rider Historians.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Cast Shots: Patricia McPherson


Patricia McPherson, as we all know, played Bonnie Barstow from 1982-83 and again from 1984-86. Here are a few shots of her taken when the show was being filmed...enjoy! More (and bigger) updates soon!



Saturday, March 24, 2012

Original K.I.T.T. #1198




A couple of weeks ago, the Knight Rider Historians met up at the Kruse Automotive Museum in Auburn, Indiana, to check out another original K.I.T.T. - #1198. This particular car was one of the original four Trans Ams given to the show by Pontiac to shoot the Pilot. While its exact role in the first two years is unknown at this time, we do know about its use later in the series. Beginning in season three, this car was modified to be used as the right hand blind drive car. When the series ended and the car went on display, the blind drive setup was removed and a full dash was added. While the electronics are not Scheffe originals, they do appear original to the series, as does the voicebox. If you are interested in seeing this car, please visit and support the museum. You can get fairly close to it but you will not be able to get closer than a few feet from it....still, it's close enough to get some great dash photos.

We would like to thank the great folks at the Kruse Museum for their hospitality and for talking to us about the car.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Director Chairbacks



The latest acquisition for the Knight Rider Historians - a pair of chair backs used on set by Allen Payne, the head of the hair and make-up department. Allen is a stellar guy and really has fond memories of his time on the set of the show. These chair backs would have been affixed to a director's style chair. One for the dressing room, one for the set, I believe. I truly awesome piece of history!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Miniature Semi and K.I.T.T.




Thomas Fan, an avid collector of TV and movie memorabilia, currently owns the only miniature semi produced for the series, as well as one of the many miniature K.I.T.T.'s. These pieces were both built by Jack Sessums. The semi only made two appearances - in "K.I.T.T. vs. K.A.R.R." and "Ten Wheel Trouble". In his own words, Thomas describes how he obtained these pieces:

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These pieces were purchased from Sessums before he died, but not from me directly. I never had the pleasure of meeting him. These actually came from Gary Cannavo, who purchased them from Jack Sessums himself. They then were transferred to me. Gary is a much more experienced movie prop collector, who currently owns the original Battlestar Galactica model as well as a lot of the fleet, and many of the Buck Rogers models… and a whole lot more. He told me stories of how he would actually visit Jack, and dig through his workshop to find all of these models that were just sitting in wooden crates. Gary described Jack's pile of “stuff” like a small mountain that he had to climb over. He also mentioned that Jack loved trains, and has this one really amazing train miniature…. Anyways… I digress. Suffice it to say, Gary loved the guy, and it is unfortunate I didn’t come around sooner to meet Jack.

I also have a Airwolf studio model that was made by Sessums in my collection. It’s, thus far, the only one that I have seen that has the side guns and rocket pod underneath. However, I’m sure the hero “pole flyer” which is owned by someone else has them as well.

Despite not having met Jack in person, that still didn’t negate my love for KR. I grew up with it, I’m still obsessed with it, and probably always will be.

No restoration has been done on the Semi or K.I.T.T. I wanted to keep them as original as possible. I think that the original dirt from "Ten Wheel Trouble" is still on the wheels. It’s kind of a dusty mud which is consistent with the scene. I even kept the white scratch running down the side of the trailer, (only a few inches long) which I assume came from ramming into that cement truck.
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Special thanks to Thomas for providing the back story to these amazing pieces!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Shameless Plug

As many of you know, a few years ago, I offered a variety of Knight Rider related books for sale. To this day, I still get emails about them, so I'm proud to be able to offer ALL of my books again through the publisher's website.

As an added bonus, all books are currently 10% off!

Descriptions can be found on the product pages. They include:

The Knight Rider Collectibles Guide:
http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/the-knight-rider-collectibles-guide/2916946

The K.A.R.R. Owner's Manual:
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The Knight 2000 Pilot Owner's Manual:
http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/knight-2000-operating-manual-%28pilot---1982%29/466161

The Knight 2000 Season 3-4 Owner's Manual:
http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/knight-2000-operating-manual-%281984-86%29/2439114

The Knight 2000 Season 1-2 Owner's Manual:
http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/knight-2000-operating-manual-%281982-1984%29/5103673

"A Shadowy Flight" 2nd Edition Book:
http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/a-shadowy-flight/298432

E-Book Versions Coming Soon!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Barrister




In "Custom K.I.T.T.", Michael and K.I.T.T. work to save Carrie Haver's custom car. In reality, this car was custom built by George Barris for Bo Derek....nicknamed the Barrister. In re-appeared in season four's "Fright Knight" with a new paint job. The current whereabouts are unknown, but it's possible that Barris still owns this car.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

It's a Fake #2: Benchwarmers K.I.T.T.




This 1984 Van Nuys built Trans Am was converted to a look-a-like SPM K.I.T.T. car by George Barris most likely sometime in the early 2000's. Most people didn't know of its existence until April 11, 2004, when it appeared on The Nick and Jessica Variety Hour. In 2006, a dash was installed and this car was featured in the movie The Benchwarmers.

So how can we be so sure it's not an original from the series? Simple - because, in 2008, while this car was being prepared for auction, we visited the car in person and went over it with a fine tooth comb. The car doesn't have any of the standard Universal Studios modifications, no inventory control numbers, no clear windshield...the list goes on and on. The car didn't have an upper or lower console and the fiberglass used to construct the nose didn't appear 25 years old.

While never used in the series, this car is a Barris creation, which in and of itself holds some value.