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Eldon C.'s 1976 Ford Gran Torino®
"Starsky & Hutch"®Dealer-Painted Replica


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Eldon purchased this 1976 Gran Torino in May of 2007 from the original owner. At that time, the car had only 76,800 miles on it and still had its original paint (see below) and white bucket seat interior. This car was built in Chicago and was special ordered in April of 1976 with a "Starsky & Hutch" stripe, but with Dark Red paint instead of Bright Red (see the original order form, below), and without the deluxe bumpers that all S&H Units came with. Eldon found white overspray on the car which led him to believe the stripe was painted by the dealer, not by the factory (we know that when the factory painted stripes on S&H units, they painted the stripe first, masked it off, and sprayed the red over the top, then removed the mask). The car did come with dual color-keyed remote racing mirrors. Why the original owner ordered this custom configuration instead of simply ordering a S&H unit, I don't know. The dealer also installed chrome slotted mag wheels with Raised White Letter BF Goodrich tires.

As seen in the two photos up above, Eldon has since re-sprayed the car in Dark Red. He repainted the stripe exactly like the original, but did not add the white pin stripe as original owner did (see below). Eldon has also added new aluminum slotted mag wheels with black wall tires.


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These two photos of the car were taken in the 1970s when the car was brand new. The car was originally purchased in Westmont, Illinois (see order sheet below) but spent the last 29 years in New Mexico, so it had no rust when Eldon bought it. The original owner kept it garaged and when Eldon bought the car the paint was in very good condition with just normal wear and tear, as you can see here:


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The car's original white bucket seats and center console are also in excellent condition. When Eldon bought it, the car also still had with the original dealer-installed spare tire in the trunk. The only changes made to the car before Eldon bought it were having the windows tinted and chrome mud flaps added - so the car was still very much in its original condition. The original owner gave Eldon the original Owner's Manual, Warranty pamphlet, Consumer Information pamphlet (see below) and Build Sheet.


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By time I got around to adding this car to my web site, Eldon had also purchased an original factory S&H Gran Torino with original paint and a white interior. Eldon says the car "needs everything" in order to be restored, including a white bench seat (if you have one you can part with, let me know and I'll tell Eldon). As you can see in the photo, there is quite a difference between his replica's Dark Red paint and the PS-122 unit's Bright Red paint.


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The "Retail Buyer's Order" seen here is a very nice document to have. It clearly shows what options Eldon's car was originally ordered with, including "Starsky & Hutch" stripe. The Consumer Information sheet is just something Eldon and I thought other owners of old Fords would be interested in seeing.
 

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