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1976 Ford Gran Torino

1976 Ford Gran Torino in Starsky and Hutch, TV Series, 1975-1979 IMDB Ep. 1.03

Class: Cars, Coupé — Model origin: US

1976 Ford Gran Torino

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winger

2004-12-06 06:01

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1976.

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2004-12-28 08:34

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Immatrciluée en Californie 537 ONN

ben68 BE

2005-12-06 13:14

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Several cars were used. 1974 or 1976 models.

cowboy74 US

2006-05-18 16:06

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1976 ford gran torino 351w 3 spd auto i have heard several diff yrs were used but the gran torino in red and white was only done in 76 as homilogation to use the cars in the show very few red / white strip gran torinos were built

Delta Fox US

2006-08-26 02:22

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Hey, I saw this car in the first episode of The Dukes of Hazzard once. Why is their car in that show? Also, there's a liquor store in my town with one of these cars there.

Raul1983 FI

2006-09-17 22:33

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Pic 1: "Zebra 3, Zebra 3, this is Captain Dobey speaking.."

Pic 2: Hutch's watch

Pic 3: How did that happen ?

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lightfoot1976 AU

2006-09-19 18:17

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they used 75's and 76's in the series. 75's have chrome side mirrors, 76's have the red mirrors. in one episode there was also another gran torino with same paint scheme which was part of a crime scene(ill get back to you with what ep)

Raul1983 FI

2006-09-21 12:02

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lightfoot1976 wrote in one episode there was also another gran torino with same paint scheme which was part of a crime scene(ill get back to you with what ep)


It was in the pilot episode. A young couple were mistakingly murdered because they had exactly same looking car.

Raul1983 FI

2006-09-30 17:41

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No brakes !

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customtrucker US

2007-01-22 13:07

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Wasn't there another Torino used in an episode?

Raul1983 FI

2007-02-12 17:38

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interior shot of the "striped tomato"

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car nerd US

2007-02-12 18:01

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Like a lot of shows back then, the Torino was changed every model year of that body style. I suppose they kept the same vehicle when the body style changed in 1976 until the end of the show's run. I do remember that the first season the interior of the Torino was the base model (bench seat). Next season the car got the fancy interior (bucket seats). DOes anyone else remember this?

Raul1983 FI

2007-02-12 18:06

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If I remember right David Soul (Hutch) requested bucket seats because he kept falling from the seat in high speed action scenes...

car nerd US

2007-02-12 22:28

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Cool, thanks Raul1983 :)

-- Last edit: 2007-02-12 22:32:46

Raul1983 FI

2007-02-18 14:42

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nice driving in ep 2.12

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Callahan VI

2007-03-17 21:22

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I owned a 74 with bench seat. That bench was terrible.

Raul1983 FI

2007-05-07 09:48

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customtrucker wrote Wasn't there another Torino used in an episode?


ep 2.23: Starsky and Hutch are chasing their evil twins

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Dave Starsky FR

2007-12-23 16:15

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Raul1983 wrote Pic 1: "Zebra 3, Zebra 3, this is Captain Dobey speaking.."

Pic 2: Hutch's watch

Pic 3: How did that happen ?

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Sorry but you're wrong ... It's the Starsky's watch We could see it in the episode "Savage Sunday" when Starsky is driving the green Chevy Impala who carry the bomb ...

Raul1983 FI

2008-02-03 14:18

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clock in the red Torino

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Raul1983 FI

2008-03-27 14:30

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ep 3.20

Starsky crashes his Torino in a chase

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TheHeartbreakKid15 EN

2008-03-29 22:24

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First appeared in episode 1 not episode 3

antp BE

2008-03-29 22:34

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picture is from episode 3.

TheHeartbreakKid15 EN

2008-03-29 22:57

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Yes but the car first appeared in the pilot episode :) as did Hutch's Galaxie

MaindrianPace US

2008-07-03 00:28

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ep. 1.00 - pilot

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The red/white Torino used in the pilot was actually a 1975 model from the studios car loan program, has chrome mirrors, and chrome bodyside moldings. The torino is basic model which was a originally silver with matching bumper panels, whitewall tires, and was painted over to bright red with a white stripe with blackwall tires aftermarket slotted mags, and air shocks added. The Murder victims actually use the same car as Starsky.

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The two pilot Torinos in today's world which are currently owned by Douglas Stevenson in Cleveland, Ohio.

-- Last edit: 2012-09-02 00:53:27 (G-MANN)

AfroNinja376 CA

2009-10-09 05:10

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winger wrote 1976.


That's a '74.

Dave Starsky FR

2010-10-30 19:21

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I wouldn't be so sure ...

rjluna2 US

2011-04-02 04:49

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Here is the Collectible Comments section from Collectible Automobile, Volume 28, Number 1, June 2011 (I got it from the mail today :) )
Quote The Ford Torino story reminded me of a car my cousin had about 20 years ago, It was one of the red and white "Starsky and Hutch" Torinos. After he owned the car for awhile, he found the factory build sheet and did a little resarch. Turned out that his was on of a dozen or so "real" Torino Grand Sports built by Ford and sold to Aaron Spelling Productions in California for use in the Starsky and Hutch TV show. Whether his car was actually filmed for any of the episodes is unknown.

He eventually had to sell the car, as it didn't exactly blend in with traffic and was always being watched by the local police department. He sold it to a new owner, who unfortunately totaled it a short time later.

Richard-UFC NL

2013-06-16 18:35

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Delta Fox wrote Hey, I saw this car in the first episode of The Dukes of Hazzard once. Why is their car in that show? Also, there's a liquor store in my town with one of these cars there.


The producers of Dukes of hazzard also made starky and hutch, when Starksy and Hutch came to an end the producers used ''the red tomato with the white stipes as cooters' car.

unclehotrod13 US

2014-11-26 02:45

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Been watching this on cozi tv ...I wonder how many door hinges they went thru ! Everytime they stop they let those doors fly open...OUCH!

Skid US

2015-12-26 07:26

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Two brand new 1975 models were used for the 1974 pilot. They can be told apart in the pilot; one has chrome mirrors and the other has body-colored sport mirrors. Both had vinyl bench seats and 351 Cleveland engines, and the base color was Ford "2B" bright red.

Two different 1975s were ordered for season one. They differed from the pilot cars in that they used black rubber bumper strips, they didn't have body side moldings, the stripe design on the side was revised somewhat (a sharper taper towards the front and not as flat on the bottom), and the cars used cloth bench seats. Both had body-colored mirrors, and both used 400M V8 engines.

For the start of season 2, two new 1976 Torinos were used. These cars had chrome mirrors and body side moldings, 460 Lima V8 engines, and also finally had (vinyl) bucket seats. These cars were ordered as part of the Ford fleet program (the only way the "2B" red base color could still be had on 1976 Gran Torinos), and like all fleet-ordered models, they had silver-painted bumper filler panels. These cars were kept by the production company until the show ended in 1979, and by the final season, were really starting to show their age.

And of course, various other Gran Torinos were used along the way for heavier stunt work and crash scenes. These were probably mostly 1974 models, at least early on. One was the episode 3.20 car shown wrecked above. Surprisingly, despite being a throwaway crash car nearly 40 years ago, this car still exists today in fully restored form.

-- Last edit: 2016-01-13 16:11:36

smbdy US

2016-08-06 20:39

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The car would only go 55 mph, above that, it would overheat

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