Viewer collection: Michael Knight's classic TV cars and sci-fi memorabilia
From the Monkeemobile to the Batmobile…
Apr. 12, 2019
Image: Motor City Reel Rides / Michael Knight
Some people keep their collection in a garage. Michael Knight needs something more like an airplane hanger. Our jaws dropped upon seeing his stunning array of classic Hollywood cars that included the Monkeemobile, the Batmobline and K.I.T.T. He even has real-life versions of awesome animated rides like Speed Racer's Mach 5 and the Scooby gang's Mystery Mobile.
Knight told us: "I have various collections — from Star Wars to Batman. I, along with a friend, have the largest 'star car' collection in Michigan — perhaps this side of the country — with full-size replicas of TV / movie cars. My friend actually bought and still owns the (1 of 2) original Monkeemobile from the TV show, and has amassed a very, very large Monkees collection."
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1. Batmobile, Batboat and Batman collection
"I guess it started out with Batman (the '66 TV series ). I had the toys and comics. I've been seriously collecting since Star Wars came out — that has to be the real start of collecting, since 1977. It grew past Star Wars and into other branches… Lost in Space, The Munsters, Knight Rider, Ghostbusters, The A-Team, Smokey and the Bandit, Star Trek, and so much more."
2. Ghostbusters collection
"I also started building model kits of every single TV / movie Hollywood car/boat/helicopter/truck, etc., etc., and have now over 130 different models… 'cause i don't have enough going on in my life. Why do I collect? I have no idea. I'd like the answer to that myself."
3. Sci-Fi Robots
"My most prized item? It could be my full-size (built by myself) Lost in Space robot, signed by the cast of the show and used by the cast at local comic-cons."