By Amanda Stringfellow @amanda_l_s

A KNIGHT RIDER fan has spent 10 years transforming a run down vehicle into the iconic car from the hit 1980s TV series

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Knight Rider: Scott Bainbridge with his Kitt in the garage where it was built

Scott Bainbridge shelled out more than £18,000 to a turn an unloved Pontiac Trans Am into his very own Kitt - the car driven by David Hasselhoff in the show.

The 30-year-old postman bought the car in 2004 and started to re-create the sleek black vehicle - which even speaks in the voice of Kitt from the film.

Dark Night! Scott takes his creation for a spin

Postie Scott had to replace a lot of parts to get the Knight Rider model up to scratch – including fitting a new engine to the damaged vehicle.

Kitt-ed out: the shell of the car before the new engine was fitted

The 25-year-old American car needed extensive welding, new wings, new doors, a new windscreen, new suspension, steering and brake parts – not to mention a lick of black paint.

Scott said: “Knight Rider is sort of a combination between technology and a cool car, so when you bring those two together I fell in love with it.

“All the lights on the dashboard, the scanner lights and the car they used was a great looking car to begin with so it really won me over.”

The dashboard is designed to look like Kitt from the second series of the hit TV show

The reincarnated Pontiac has the full Knight Rider dashboard and has been extensively altered to match the on-screen vehicle.

 

Twin TV screens show revolving images just like the original KItt

Scott, father of two from Newcastle, spends the evenings at least three nights a week working in the garage on his beloved project.

Scott with his Knight Rider car in the garage where it was built

He fell in love with Knight Rider as a child and used to collect tiny models of the car when he was little.

The 30-year-old poses with the new engine he installed

As an adult he decided to build the car for real and has been gradually transforming the Pontiac into a screen-accurate Kitt.

The sleak black motor is the postie's pride and joy

Scott said: “I first got the car back in 2004, and it arrived on a low loader and it was in a very, very sorry state.

“It’s taken me ten years to get it from what it was originally to what you see now - the whole interior has to be redone, all new dashboard, new carpets, new wheels, and that’s just to get it to look like the Knight Rider car.”

Scott’s Kitt generates stares wherever it goes and Scott has got used to the amount of attention he attracts on the road.

New foglights and external speakers are fitted

At weekends he takes the vehicle to shows around the country where Knight Rider fans can take pictures with the iconic car.

The 25-year-old American car needed extensive welding, new wings, a new windscreen – not to mention a lick of black paint

Scott said: “I get quite a lot of thumbs up and people flashing lights on their cars and people taking pictures of me.

“I think it brings back a lot of memories for people when they see Kitt cruising down the road.”

Scott insists he still has a lot of work to do on the car – which he hopes to make as screen accurate as possible from the second series of the hit show.

The perfectionist says that although to the general public the car may look perfect – to Knight Rider fans there are many differences between his car and the original Kitt.

 

The former Pontiac Trans Am is unrecognisable

Scott said: “All the dashboard needs to come back out soon when I get my new set of electronics - that will take a while.

“There’s other bits on the body work that need to get sorted out it so it will probably be getting painted for a third time and I’ve got new interior panels to put in as well.

“The plastics are a tan colour but mine aren’t quite right so I’ve got a new set which need to go on which will make it look a bit more accurate.”

Kitt's scanner glows in the darkness as Scott takes the wheel