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1976 Ford Gran Torino From ‘Starsky & Hutch’ Up For Auction

Of the many TV and movie-famous vehicles we’ve seen over the years, the 1976 Ford Gran Torino that appeared in the TV series Starsky and Hutch is easily one of the most widely recognized and most popular of the bunch. Last year, Ford Authority was able to check out what’s known as “Car #1” from that series, which was on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles and is one of just three surviving examples from the show that was on the air from 1975-1979. While we routinely see replicas of that TV-famous Ford Gran Torino surface for sale, securing a real one is far more difficult, as one might imagine. However, one lucky person now has that chance, as this real-deal 1976 Ford Gran Torino from Starsky and Hutch is currently up for grabs at Bring a Trailer.

This particular 1976 Ford Gran Torino was used as a static picture car in the 1978 and 1979 seasons of that famous TV show, and today, it presents in stellar condition thanks to some recent reconditioning work. On the outside, that includes a fresh coat of red and white paint, which is accented by unique features such as a Galls StreetThunder siren, a bubble light, wig wag headlights, and polished 15-inch Weld Racing wheels wrapped with Cooper Cobra Radial G/T white-letter tires.

Inside the cabin, one will find black vinyl seats, an auxiliary tachometer, air conditioning, a Motorola two-way radio, a Cobra CB radio, siren and light controls, a fire extinguisher, a Ford AM/FM stereo, an 8-track player, a CD changer, and a Sony subwoofer. Lending credence to the fact that this is a real TV star are the signatures of David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser present on the glovebox, too – otherwise known as the actors who played Starsky and Hutch on the show.

1976 Ford Gran Torino From Starsky And Hutch - Engine Bay 001

Power for this Gran Torino comes from the naturally-aspirated Ford 429 cubic-inch V8, which replaced the original 351 and features upgrades including an Edelbrock intake manifold, a four-barrel carburetor, an MSD ignition, aluminum Super Cobra Jet-style heads, and mid-length headers, and is mated to a three-speed automatic transmission. Given its rarity and star power, we expect bidding on this Ford Gran Torino to be hot and heavy over the coming days, which is to be expected for a model that doesn’t pop up for sale very often.

We’ll have more cool auction finds to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Gran Torino news and ongoing Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Travis Major

    If you will take my offer of $88,000.00
    I’m not joking, i’m serious about, buying the car…

    Thank you,

    1. rapturd

      Bid on it…clink on “bring a trailer” in first paragraph to get to the website

  2. Smitty

    Looks good but the wheels are not correct!! The car had U.S. Indy Mags originally… Good job to seller on the refresh.. I would just have to put the correct wheels back on the car.


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