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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!


  1. OMG , for real , Scrapped a KITT , that is murder in my eyes

  2. Thank you Joe for the time line of those cars, precious info indeed.

  3. Look at that RPM panel... That are electronics from Mark's custom Kits! :\

  4. I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.maybe old news, but it’s new to me.

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  5. Just discovered your site. Love this stuff. Keep it coming!
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  6. This must have been the car which was placed on the water and later sent to the salvage yard.


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