Among the many TV and movie-famous Blue Oval models that have donned our small and big screens over the years, the Ford Gran Torino that starred in the series Starsky and Hutch, which aired from 1975-1979, is one of the more beloved examples. That series – and the Gran Torino itself – have since gained cult-like status among fans, though just three of the original cars used in the show are still around today – one of which was on display recently at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California. Regardless, countless fans have created replicas of that famous ride over the years, and that includes this 1975 Ford Gran Torino currently up for grabs at Bring a Trailer.
By all accounts, the previous owner did a pretty fantastic job of transforming this Ford Gran Torino into a faithful replica of the one used in Starsky and Hutch. On the outside, it’s immediately recognizable as such, thanks to its red and white paint scheme, along with a set of 15-inch slotted mag-style wheels that are wrapped with Cooper Cobra Radial G/T tires. It’s certainly not perfect – there are several paint flaws present here – but it looks great, regardless.
Inside the cabin, the seller left this big coupe mostly alone, which means that it’s equipped with a black vinyl interior with bucket seats, air conditioning, a full-length center console, manual crank windows, three-point retractable safety belts, Gran Torino badging, and a Philco AM/FM radio, though there are also some USB ports present for charging modern devices.
Underneath, the Gran Torino has been fitted with front and rear sway bars, new shocks and springs, and power-assisted front disc brakes with rear drums. Power comes from a replacement Ford 429 V8 with dual exhaust, an MSD electronic ignition and spark plug wires, and various dress up bits, sending power to the rear wheels via a three-speed automatic transmission. For fans of the show, it certainly doesn’t get much better than this, and the car even comes with its own novelty license plate and a magnetic beacon light to add to the whole experience, too.
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I like this car, especially the big motor.
That said, I’m still skeptical as to the authenticity of the Petersen unit (I don’t recall chrome mirrors on the car in the show.)
It’s a FREAKING RE POP!!!!! RWFA….. All In Cap’s! It “could Have” PINK Interior too if the guy felt like it.
You clearly have no idea what I am as talking about.
But that’s OK Boomer, it’s kind of become your MO.
Absolute poster child for the terrible “70’s” in automobile history. Emission choked 130hp V8, hideous 5 mph bumpers, 10 MPG.
130 hp? This has the 429 which was good for around 350 to 375 horse power and this is a replacement engine so it was more like 400 hp.. Get your power ratings right before you post your LAME ASS COMMENTS on here..