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Matt D.'s 1976 Ford Torino®
Dealer Painted "Starsky & Hutch"®Replica


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Matt has wanted to have his car featured here since he attended a Starsky Torino reunion in Evansville, Indiana in 2004. Here it is in honor of a very special occasion (read the bottom of the page to find out what that is).

In early 1976, Matt was looking to buy a new car because he would be getting married in September and starting a family. Salesmen were trying to sell him something off the lot that he didn't like. After going back and forth between several dealerships and not being able to get a good enough trade-in for his 1970 Mach 1 Mustang, he decided to keep the Mach 1 and just order what he wanted. He liked watching the "Starsky & Hutch" TV show and thought it would be cool to have a car like Starsky's.

At that time, he had no idea about the Limited Production "Starsky & Hutch" Gran Torinos, and he doesn't think Ford had started producing them yet because none of the salesmen knew about them, either. He finally found someone willing to help him and he ordered a 1976 Torino in special order 2B Red with all the options he wanted. The dealer would have the white stripe painted on the car.

After waiting over a month and making a few calls to the dealership, he finally got the call to come and pick it up. When he and his wife pulled up to the dealership, they could see it sitting on the showroom floor though the big glass windows and they got very excited. Upon getting inside and taking a closer, however, they discovered it was dark red instead of 2B Bright Red. So after a heated battle of words between Matt and the salesman, the sales manager, and eventually getting the dealership owner involved, Matt agreed to order another one.

The second car arrived in about 2 weeks. When he picked it up, he noticed the dark red car was gone (we sure would like to know where that car is now) and that a different salesman would be helping him with the final paperwork because the original salesman no longer worked for them.

The first two photos, above,show the car sitting in Matt's driveway when he brought it home from the dealer in March of 1976.


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These two photos were taken when Matt and his wife drove around Colorado in the Torino on their honeymoon in September of 1976.

Unfortunately, almost a year (to the day) after Matt purchased the Torino, a drunk driver ran a red light and totaled it out. The insurance company paid off his loan and Matt bought the car back from them for $500. The car had less then 9,000 miles on it.

In the early 1980s, Matt bought a parts car and started to repair his Torino, but other responsibilities and lack of money got in the way of his completing the project.

 
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Believe it or not, the Torino has been stored in Matt's garage for 35 years, and now he would like to finish restoring it but is not sure if he will be able to because of physical disabilities.

BUT! The happy ending of this part of Matt's story is that he and his wife are still married and are celebrating their 35th Anniversary right now (September, 2011) by going back and driving around the same places in Colorado that they visited on their honeymoon!

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