This Hoonigan mechanic’s twin-turbo Trans Am is wonderful

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Massive rear flares, a pair of big turbos, and tons of attitude. It's a unique American muscle car as interpreted by a New Zealander working for Ken Block.

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This Hoonigan mechanic's twin-turbo Trans Am is wonderful originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 23 Mar 2016 19:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Online Find: 1970 Pontiac Firebird Concept, cousin of the Weinermobile

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Harry Bentley Bradley, who designed the very first run of Hot Wheels cars and the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, created this in 1970: the Pontiac Firebird One concept. It can be yours right now for $95,000.

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Online Find: 1970 Pontiac Firebird Concept, cousin of the Weinermobile originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Online Find: 1970 Pontiac Firebird Concept, cousin of the Weinermobile

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Harry Bentley Bradley, who designed the very first run of Hot Wheels cars and the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, created this in 1970: the Pontiac Firebird One concept. It can be yours right now for $95,000.

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Burt Reynolds Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am sells for $450k

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Apparently, there's still a lot of love out there for by Burt Reynolds and his famous role in Smokey and the Bandit - or at least for his car. As you might remember, Autoblog reported on the auction of the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am a few week ago. At the time, the movie star's car was already well past its $80,000 top estimate, and bidding only shot up from there for a final price of $450,000.

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Aficionauto sits down with The Hoff and KITT

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Aficionauto does Knight Rider

The latest video from The Aficionauto is the perfect palate cleanser for Knight Rider fans after finding out that Justin Bieber is the voice of KITT in an upcoming film. Host Christopher Rutkowski says that the Knight Industries Two Thousand is one of the most requested vehicles to appear on the series and for good reason - Michael Knight's Pontiac Trans-Am is among the most famous cars to ever appear on television.

While the video isn't able to showcase one of the original KITTs from the series, it does get star David Hasselhoff to drive his personal replica and talk about the lasting legacy of the show. The highlight here might be seeing The Hoff back behind the wheel in the open desert basically recreating Knight Rider's opening sequence.

With all of its flashing lights and gizmos, you can probably make the argument that KITT is pretty cheesy, and the show itself was never exactly a pillar of high-quality drama on television. Despite that, the series still provides a ton of good-natured fun, and The Hoff's continued enthusiasm for it is pretty infectious. Check out The Aficionauto video to take another ride with Knight Rider.

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Aficionauto sits down with The Hoff and KITT originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 10 Oct 2014 12:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Pontiac Firebird in latest Generation Gap scrap

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Generation Gap looks at the Pontiac Firebird

Generation Gap is mining the Lingenfelter collection again this week to compare two very different interpretations of the Pontiac Firebird. An original 1968 example goes toe-to-toe with a 2010 Lingenfelter Trans Am to see whether the old man or the modern re-imagining takes the crown.

Being from the Lingenfelter collection, both cars are absolutely immaculate. The '68 packs a Pontiac 350-cubic-inch (5.7-liter) V8 with a claimed 320 horsepower and some classic, muscular style with a hood-mounted tach. Plus, it's painted in an understated shade of green that you don't usually see.

In the other corner is Lingenfelter's pumped-up take on the classic shape based on the modern Camaro, and this is just one of six concept versions ever made. It wears an eye-catching, vintage-inspired livery of blue with a white stripe package. Under its shaker hood is a 455-cubic-inch (7.5-liter) V8 with a reported 655 hp and 610 pound-feet of torque.

Watch the hosts drive them both in the video to see which one you'd choose. Both choices certainly have their advantages.

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Pontiac Firebird in latest Generation Gap scrap originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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David Hasselhoff’s own KITT replica up for auction

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David Hasselhoff's KITT Replica

Depending on when and where you grew up, the name David Hasselhoff likely conjures up images of Knight Rider, Baywatch, pop singer, or possibly a washed-up TV actor, but one thing that can never be taken away from The Hoff is his connection to one of the greatest automotive icons in pop culture. The Knight Industries Two Thousand, usually shortened to simply KITT, was the real star of Knight Rider for many fans. Based on a Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, the car combined snarky quips for comedy relief and stunts to provide much of the show's actions. Now, Julien's Auctions is selling Hasselhoff's own replica as part of a larger sale of the actor's personal memorabilia collection.

This recreation is based on a 1986 Firebird and comes with all of the tech on the inside that now seems hilariously outdated, like the yoke steering wheel and plethora of buttons. The interior also thoughtfully includes a voice box with over 4,000 sound clips from the show. With a 5.0-liter V8 and an automatic transmission, performance is likely adequate and period correct. According to the listing, this car was created by fans and given to the Hoff. Sadly, the replica doesn't convert to Super Pursuit Mode like KITT could in later seasons, and we most associate KITT with conventional front-hinged doors to go with the power t-tops and ejector seats.

Bidding currently sits $27,500 with eight bids, since starting at $15,000. Julien's predicts it will sell for between $30,000 and $50,000. If there is some nostalgia for KITT in your heart, there is still plenty of time to bid.

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Back to the Future / Knight Rider mashup warms the cockles of our hearts

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Knight Rider / Back to the Future mashup - video screencap

If you're a fan of car-focused media from the 1980s, have we got a video for you. A certifiable genius Someone has mashed up scenes from the Back to the Future trilogy with the opening theme and voiceover from Knight Rider. Yes, Doc Brown's Delorean time machine replaces Michael Knight's KITT, while The Hoff is replaced by Michael J. Fox.

The funny thing is, if BTTF's theme song weren't so absolutely memorable, the Knight Rider treatment would really feel quite natural. Take a look below to watch the full mashup, and let us know what you think in Comments.

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Back to the Future / Knight Rider mashup warms the cockles of our hearts originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 27 Sep 2013 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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