“Knight Rider” KITT Cars Lead Collection of Mustangs to Barrett-Jackson’s Hot August Nights Auction
- KITT fans to bid on two 2008 Ford Mustang GTs that starred in NBC’s made-for-TV hit movie “Knight Rider”
- A 2007 Ford Mustang Saleen Parnelli Jones Limited Edition signed by Steve Saleen and motorsports legend Parnelli Jones, will be a racing fan’s favorite
- A 2008 Ford Shelby GT Barrett-Jackson Edition Coupe, signed by “American Idol” TV stars Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Kara DioGuardi, will cross the block
RENO, Nevada – July 7, 2015 – Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, will feature TV, racing and DUB Magazine vehicles from the famous Day Family Classic Cars Museum beginning Aug. 6-8, 2015, at the 3rd Annual Hot August Nights Auction in Reno Tahoe, Nevada. The five Mustangs, including one signed by Steve Saleen and Parnelli Jones as well as a pair of KITT cars that starred in NBC’s 2008 movie reprise of the hit TV series “Knight Rider,” are a part of the Day family’s collection, which is home to more than 100 classic and late-model vehicles.
“We’re proud to bring a group of vehicles from the well-known Day Family Classic Cars Museum to our Hot August Nights Auction,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Owners of large collections, like the Day family and Ron Pratte, have often turned to Barrett-Jackson to shine the spotlight on their vehicles over the last 44 years.”
The 2008 Ford Mustang GT was the inspiration behind NBC’s movie reboot of the hit TV series, “Knight Rider.” The movie’s hero KITT was inspired by the 2008 Shelby GT500KR, as was its “Attack Mode” KITT persona. Both vehicles feature a 4.6L V8 engine. The KITT supercar also sports a Ford Racing Whipple Supercharger to produce 400 horsepower, has a Ford Racing handling package and plays the soundtrack from “Knight Rider” when activated. The “Attack Mode” KITT features performance upgrades, including a Ford Racing suspension package, Ford Racing mufflers and a special brake for executing the perfect 360-degree maneuver.
Signed by Steve Saleen and motorsports legend Parnelli Jones, this 2007 Ford Mustang Saleen Parnelli Jones Limited Edition is Number 113 of only 500 produced. Cranking out 400 horsepower with a 302ci V8 engine, this limited-edition racer is dressed in Grabber Orange with black trim and features a shaker hood. Modifications made to this limited edition include forged pistons, rods and crankshaft, a light-weight aluminum flywheel and high-performance exhaust.
“The cars being auctioned by the Day family in Reno Tahoe carry some unique provenance and are backed by some incredible star power as well,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “As a true testament to the Barrett-Jackson family, Tom Day and his family have taken extraordinarily great care of these cars since purchasing them at past auctions, and each will be a fantastic vehicle for a first-time buyer or seasoned collector.”
“American Idol” TV stars Ryan Seacrest, Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul and Kara DioGuardi signed the 2008 Ford Shelby GT Barrett-Jackson Edition Coupe from the Day collection that will be auctioned in Reno Tahoe. Forged from the collaboration of Barrett-Jackson, Ford Motor Company and Shelby America, this 319-horsepower muscle car is Number 8 of 100 cars built and has only 326 miles.
Also crossing the block in Reno Tahoe is a 2011 Ford Mustang Custom DUB Edition Coupe developed by ROUSH Industries. Famous from its TV appearance during a WWE event in Detroit, Michigan, this DUB edition Mustang is black with black stripes and features DUB logos, a hood scoop, tinted windows and special 20-inch wheels.
Live coverage of the 3rd Annual Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson will be broadcast in high-definition TV on Velocity and Discovery from Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 6-8. For more information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to .