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Joe & Dawn P.'s Limited Production
1976
"Starsky & Hutch"®Ford Gran Torino®


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Joe says, "Growing up in New Jersey, I loved the TV show. My first car was a 1973 Gran Torino. In 2002, we were transferred to Charlotte North Carolina for work and we now live in South Carolina. In 2006, we purchased a 1974 Gran Torino Sport that is a very original (down to the AM radio) 50,000 mile car. My original plan was to turn it into a S&H clone. But after a few cruise-ins and car shows, I realized that the car was so original and in such good shape that I could not modify it."

"In May of 2008, I was surfing eBay just looking at the
Torinos for sale when I found this factory 1976 "Starsky & Hutch"®Gran Torino, one of the S&H Units produced by Ford. As it turns out, the car was about 2 hours from us in Western North Carolina. My wife and I decided to take a ride to see it. It had 46,000 original miles on it and was in good original condition. We spoke to the original owner's nephew and then the original owner before purchasing it. We could tell that the original owner loved this car but needed to sell it to prepare for his retirement."


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"We are members of the Ford Owners Association of the Carolinas car club, so we take both Torinos to many local car shows and cruise-ins. We have also meet Shari J. and her 1974 S&H Torino through the club. We are also members of the Fairlane club of America. The photos, above, of our Torino and Shari's at the race track are from the 2008 FCA Mini Meet in Spencer, NC. This past April our club sponsored the Blue Oval Classic car show which was also a Fairlane Mini Meet and our car was pictured in an issue of "The Fairlaner," the Fairlane Club's magazine."

"The car is in very good original shape. The car had set under a car cover for about 3 years, and because of this there is some paint checking on the roof. We are currently trying to decide if we should paint the car [John Q. says 'no way, Jose, leave it as original as possible!']. The interior is in excellent shape. I was told by the previous owner that the rims were installed for him by the dealer, so they are period correct. To restore what I had to, I had been working off of the pictures of
Shane B.'s car on this site until April of this 2009 when he showed up with his car for the Blue Oval Classic car show at Young Ford in Charlotte. He gave me a lot of good information and I took plenty of photos (see one above).

Other than mechanical repairs like the starter, radiator, battery, etc. the only thing I have added is dual exhaust with Flowmaster mufflers. I have spent a lot of time cleaning and detailing the engine compartment and bringing the shine back to the paint."


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"The car was built on 04/09/76. It was purchased at Joe Young Ford in Burnsville, NC. It has a 351 Windsor engine w/2 bbl. carb, a C4 automatic transmission, and a 2.75 axle ratio. It has black bucket seats with floor shifter and console, and is equipped with an AM/FM stereo with 8-track player that still works."

   

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