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Shane B.'s Limited Production 1976
"Starsky & Hutch"®Ford Gran Torino®


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Words, and even photographs, can not accurately describe this S&H Torino. You absolutely have to see it in person to really appreciate it, and although chances of that happening aren't very high, I recommend you do it if you ever get the chance. Those of us who are regular attendees of the S&H Torino Reunions at the All-Ford Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania have known Shane B. and have heard about and seen pictures of this car for many years, but we didn't get to see it in person until 2008. Why didn't Shane bring it to Carlisle every year like the rest of us brought ours? Well, if you owned a Limited Production S&H Ford Gran Torino that was 95% original, in mint condition, and with only 2,531 miles on it, you wouldn't drive it or even trailer it everywhere you go, either! You heard me right - this is the lowest mileage S&H Torino I've ever heard of, and one of only a few that are unrestored but still look like new.

Shane's story is similar to so many others on this site - right up until the point where he found this unique car! "Besides being a huge fan of the TV show," he says, "it all started Christmas morning of 1976 when my parents gave me the S&H Mego dolls, board game, and two puzzles - which I still have. I said one day I would own a real Gran Torino like Starsky's. Now I'm 43, and my wife and I own two factory original S&H units and one clone."


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Shane says, "I knew where this car was located here in South Carolina in 1980, and after constant effort and much communication with the original owner over many years, I finally got the phone call I had been waiting on so long. The original owner said he was going to sell the car and I had first shot at it. I purchased it that same week. The car is well over 95% original, including paint, interior (with exception of red light, police radio, and siren - which are not permanently attached to the car), 8-track player, air conditioning, spare tire, shocks, and engine compartment including the original March of 1976 battery (dead of course), plug wires, battery cables, belts and much more. The slotted mag wheels and big tires were added for show appearance, but we still have the original Magnum 500 wheels and tires as well. Most of the work we did on the car was cleaning, polishing, and detailing - not restoring."


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Tammy and Shane have every piece of paperwork with the car: build sheets, window sticker, bill of sale, even the order sheet from Ford. The undercarriage, trunk, engine, and interior are all original. This car has been garaged since it was new and is "seriously museum quality." Shane owns numerous other low-mileage original Fords and Mercurys, including another original S&H Torino with 59,000 original miles on it. That car has the original 460 engine. Shane says, "We are currently finishing that car up. I also own a huge collection of S&H memorabilia. That's the story about my Starsky and Hutch Torino, which I sought after for half my life!" There ya go -another S&H fan's dream has come true - and this one more vividly than most!


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Again, these pictures seriously don't do the car justice. I'm not a professional photographer, and the lighting inside the building the car was displayed in wasn't the greatest. It was great to finally see it in person after looking at Shane's photo albums for several years! I've seen other S&H Torinos that looked really good, but none of them were original like this one. I've seen some with original paint, and I've seen some with original chrome, and I've seen some with original interior, but this one has it ALL. The only engine compartments I've seen that were as original-looking as this one weren't original at all - they were full of new replacement parts that are meant to make it LOOK original.

If you want to step back in time and know what it was like to see one of these cars roll off the assembly line or the showroom floor, you've got to see this car in person someday. Thanks for sharing it, Shane and Tammy!
 

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