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Chris I.'s 1974 Ford Gran Torino Sport®
"Starsky & Hutch"®Movie Car


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Chris' Torino is the one that was owned by George Barris and used as a tow car (pulled behind a camera vehicle) in the 2004 "Starsky & Hutch"®movie. Before Chris bought it, this car had been on display at an Automobile Museum since the movie's release. Chris modified the hood to open toward the front in order to show off the engine, and he put a five speed stick shift in the car! The engine is a 393 stroker, and the tranny is a 4:11 posi. Chris put on chrome wheels that have five slots similar to the movie wheels but "won't turn gray over time like the aluminum ones do."


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Chris says he was lucky in that the car started out life as a Sport model, so the bucket seats, console, and dash with tach and other gauges were already there. Chris owns a restoration shop in Chicago that restores the classic Mustang. Visit Chris' Web Site.


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Chris says this car was not "show quality" when he bought it, and he "went a little overboard with the details" by removing the body from the frame and continuing the red and white paint theme under the car!


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The 2004 Warner Brothers "Starsky & Hutch" movie's hero cars & dunk car were built by "Movie Mike" Walsh of Premiere Studio Rentals, and the jump & stunt cars were built by Ray Claridge of Cinema Vehicle Services. Also used in the movie were a 1973 Torino body mounted on the Mic Rig, and this 1974 Gran Torino which was used as a tow car (pulled behind a camera vehicle) which was owned by George Barris at the time. Mr. Barris owns the copyright on the original TV show cars, but I have not seen any historic documents that indicate that he had anything to do with building them. Mr. Barris has built a lot of very famous movie and TV show cars, though, including the original Batmobile! Read about the Building of the Original TV Show Torinos.
 

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Nothing on this web site, Starskytorino.com, should be considered an endorsement from its owners of the 2004 "Starsky & Hutch"®movie. The movie contains brief, partial nudity, strong sexual themes, drug themes, violence, at least one F-word and other swearing, and repeated use of the name of Jesus Christ as a curse. If you have not already seen the movie, visit KidsInMind.com for a better description of the movie's nudity, sex, violence, and language content before you think about watching it.
 

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The presence of strobe lights, wig-wags, sirens, and/or red revolving lights
in any car that is not an official Police car is illegal in many states.
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