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Man Spends £32,000 Building His Own Knight Rider Car

Man Spends £32,000 Building His Own Knight Rider Car

A man has transformed a beat up old motor into the iconic crime-fighting car from Knight Rider.

Paul Nicholls, from Great Yarmouth, is a huge petrol head and, more importantly, David Hasselhoff fan, so when the chance came about to make a childhood dream come true, he jumped at it.

Speaking to LADbible, the 40-year-old said he picked up the old Pontiac Trans Am in May 2019 for £15,000 ($20,000) and spent £17,000 ($22,000), and the next year-and-a-half, working on it until he had his very own K.I.T.T.

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And it even talks just like the real thing.

Paul bought the car for £15,000 and spent over a year transforming it into K.I.T.T. Credit: LADbible
Paul bought the car for £15,000 and spent over a year transforming it into K.I.T.T. Credit: LADbible

For those of you who aren't huge Knight Rider nuts, the series follows Michael Long (Hasselhoff) who, after being shot in the face, undergoes a whole heap of plastic surgery and is 'reborn' as Michael Knight.

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Together with his trusty partner K.I.T.T., the pair fight crime and right wrongs, often saving a damsel in distress.

And Paul has been a massive fan of the series ever since he was a little lad.

He said: "I was watching Knight Rider from the age of about eight, and as a kid I was obsessed with all the gadgets K.I.T.T. had and how it looked and sounded.

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"So when I realised around three years ago that I could actually build one for use on public roads, I started seriously thinking about doing it - and it's a dream come true."

He kitted out the interior, even making his car talk. Credit: LADbible
He kitted out the interior, even making his car talk. Credit: LADbible

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He added: "It's taken me around 16 months to complete. I started changing things as soon as I bought it, used it through the summer in 2019 and then gutted the inside of car and pulled all carpets out and stripped out all old seats and rubbers.

"It was rusty in many places so everything had to be cleaned and re-painted."

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Since September last year, Paul has been working day and night on his pride and joy.

He's even added a playlist of some of K.I.T.T.'s catchphrases and quotes from the show, so it feels just like the real deal.

He said: "When lockdown hit in middle of March, I had an ideal opportunity to work on it more or less every day.

"I was in my garage working on it for hours on end, fitting out interior and installing electronics and panels etc. I did this for around six weeks solid and got a lot done.

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"It was a lot of hard work, I have never done anything like this before. In total, I've probably spent about 1,000 hours on it."

Paul says when he goes down to the shops people are always asking for photos with his car. Credit: LADbible
Paul says when he goes down to the shops people are always asking for photos with his car. Credit: LADbible

Naturally, the car attracts a bit of notice when Paul takes it out in public.

Paul revealed: "Yeah, I sometimes use it to pop down to my local Tesco. The attention it gets is crazy. I will be sat in the petrol station and people will come ask me if they can take pictures and videos of the car.

"I really can't go anywhere without creating massive attention."

But he's not finished just yet.

Paul said: "I probably have another £8,000 to spend on it but that includes doing the engine bay as well."

Can't wait to see the finished product, Paul. If you want to learn how to make your own K.I.T.T., check out Paul's YouTube channel.

Featured Image Credit: LADbible

Topics: TV and Film, Daily Ladness, DIY

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]