The arrival last week of the Seibu Keisatsu cars at Nissan’s Zama warehouse got us thinking about cheesy 80s TV shows and their vehicular stars. Perhaps the most famous of these was Knight Rider, a “shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man… who does not exist.”
Long-time JNC readers may know that instead of a Pontiac Firebird, the original Knight Industries Two Thousand was supposed to be a Datsun 280ZX. According to the book Hollywood and TV Movie Cars by G. William Krause, “[Producer Harker Wade] said he was working with Glen Larson (The Fall Guy) on a new action- adventure show that starred a computerized talking car. A Datsun Z was written into the original script…” That’s right, folks, KITT was a JNC.
Alas, it was not meant to be. But at least now we get to have the fun of decided what car from 1982, which is when Knight Rider debuted, that KITT could’ve been.
What car would Japanese Knight Rider drive?
The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What’s the most important info on the instrument cluster?”
There was a lot of debate about which instrument cluster output is the most important, and consensus was split. Jeremy A. and bryan kitsune gave the most compelling arguments for the temperature gauge, while Miguel made us chuckle by saying that he only watches the fuel gauge because on an old Toyota truck nothing else ever goes wrong. BlitzPig reminded us that oil pressure is equally important, and Hondamatic elicited laughs with the ridiculously sublime, “Danger to Manifold.”
Ultimately, it was Tristan G. pleaded the strongest case for the fuel gauge: