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Joe K.'s 1976 Ford Gran Torino®
"Starsky & Hutch"®Replica


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I don't usually feature cars on this web site until they are at least painted, but I had to share this car as-is. Joe sent me the picture of his car, on the left, all sanded down to bare metal and with his stripe template stuck on it, and he said "look at how much the car looks like an Ertl Chrome Starsky Torino!" He's so right! If you haven't seen one before, I took a photo of my Ertl Chrome Starsky Torino, on the right, and pasted it into Joe's photo over top of his car. I tried to talk Joe into keeping the car this color, but it didn't work. It's fun to imagine what it would be like to have an actual running chrome Starsky Torino, isn't it? Until then, you can look for a 1/8th Scale Chrome Starsky Torino on eBay.


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Joe was once one of the lucky 1,000 owners of a factory "Starsky & Hutch" Gran Torinos. It was his first new car and he had it for over 10 years until one day, he says, he "had a brain fart and sold it." The car hadn't moved three feet when he realized he had made a mistake, Joe said. At that time, everyone knew him by that car and he has always said that he'd have another one someday. When that time came, he says he exhausted every lead he could to try and find his old S&H Torino but came up empty, so he started trying to find a Torino on eBay.

He bought this Gran Torino in November 2004 on eBay and had it shipped across country in an enclosed trailer from from Spokane, Washington to Ohio. The car is extremely solid, he says. There is no glass rattle when you close the doors, and they shut like new. The only rust he found when he was stripping the car, a spot smaller than a playing card, was low on the passenger front fender ahead of the rocker panel where leaves collected and rusted out the body from behind. This car still has its original factory dual exhaust. The odometer only shows 29,872 miles, but the speedometer has been disconnected for years. The gentleman Joe bought it from estimated it at under 60,000 miles based upon the other cars he has had.

All in all, Joe says he's very happy with his purchase. He looks forward to having it done so he can do some car shows and cruising next year, and the rest of us look forward to joining him!
 

Original Factory-Installed Options:

  • 460 CID V8 Engine with 4 BBL Carb
  • XPL Automatic Transmission (C6)
  • White Exterior
  • Saddle Vinyl Bucket Seats with Console and Floor Shift
  • Automatic Seat Back Release
  • 2.75 Locking Rear Axle
  • Heavy Duty Suspension
  • Rear Defroster
  • Speed Control
  • AM Radio
  • AC with Tinted Glass All Around
  • Bodyside Moldings
  • Produced 02/06/1976
  • Vinyl Half Roof (Dealer installed? Car has molding holes in roof, sail panels, and trunk filler, but vinyl roof is not listed on the build sheet)

Factory Options Joe Installed:

  • Dual Remote Controlled Chrome Mirrors
  • Deluxe Light Group
  • Deluxe Bumper Group
  • Intermittent (Delay) Wipers
  • Electric Trunk Release
  • Tilt Steering Column
  • Padded, Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Passenger Side Visor Vanity Mirror

Aftermarket Parts to be Installed:

  • Stripe & Paint Treatment to be a Replica of the Season 2-4 TV Show Torinos
  • Custom Black Interior (style to match OEM) with Perforated Seating Areas outlined with Bright Red Piping and Rear Seat Fold-down Center Armrest
  • Pioneer AM/FM/8 Track Supertuner In-Dash Stereo (NOS) with 5-Band Equalizer
  • Pioneer 5-Way Speakers
  • Motorola Micor 6 Channel FM Police Radio with Microphone or Handset
  • Federal Signal Siren Controller with PA and Dynamax Speaker
  • Southern Products Magnetic Teardrop Revolving Red Light
  • 14x7 and 15x8.5 Aluminum Slotted Mags
  • BF Goodrich Tires
  • Flowmaster 40 Series Mufflers
  • Complete 2 1/2" Dual Exhaust System

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