Bob Barker handed over the keys to many a muscle car during his time hosting “The Price is Right.” While Chargers, Mustangs, and Camaros all have their own pedigree and on-screen legacies — there can be only one when it comes to the coolest muscle car that’s ever appeared on the show. Barker gave away a Pontiac Trans Am in 1982, which was the debut year for “Knight Rider” and likely when the muscle car, and subsequently David Hasselhoff, were at the peak of their respective popularity.
Unfortunately, the particular Trans Am on offer didn’t talk, couldn’t drive itself, and is unlikely to get you out of any situation where terrorists or mercenaries are actively trying to shoot you. However, it did come with “pop-up headlights, full instrumentation, tachometer, and reclining bucket seats.” The Trans Am’s sticker price was $11,202, which is a significant lowball by modern standards.
The Trans Am remains a classic to this day thanks to its sleek appearance, unique features, and respectable performance. David Hasselhoff also retains some popularity, but that may be limited to the German music scene.