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1974 Ford Gran Torino from the TV Series and Film Starsky and Hutch
Few cars evoke such strong nostalgic associations with television and movies than the 1974 Ford Gran Torino from the television series of the 1970’s and the 2004 hit film “Starsky and Hutch” starring Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller.
The Tomato Red Torino with the white stripe is just as well known as the Batmobile, Munster Koach, and K.I.T.T, just to name a few famous “Star Cars”. And with good reason…Many of these vehicles were the brainchild of the great George Barris of Barris Kustoms in Hollywood, California. Mr. Barris designed and built this particular car and others used in both productions, at his shop in Hollywood. Owner has a copy of the title showing George Barris as the owner (available to any serious bidder). Odometer shows 20,XXX but actual mileage cannot be confirmed. VIN # is also being kept anonymous per the seller's request.
While there were other “Starsky and Hutch” Gran Torinos produced for the T.V. series and movie, there is only one that was used in both. This particular vehicle was used in the original Starsky and Hutch T.V. series and was later used in the 2004 feature film of the same name as an insert vehicle mounted on a camera car, bringing it’s total working life in Hollywood to 30 years! It had, until 2005, been the property of Barris Kustom Industries and, when not being used for T.V. and movie work, was out on publicity tours around the country.
- This is not one of the replicas that Ford produced due to the tremendous popularity of the TV series.
- This is not a clone
- This is the real deal!!
This Gran Torino still retains all of its original Hollywood fittings including all of the camera mounts and a working front air suspension.
A detailed description of this very special car follows…
This Gran Torino still wears its original Barris Kustom applied paint scheme. All of the body panels are ripple, dent, and rust free and have never had any sort of body or accident damage.
The Tomato Red paint and the white stripe are both in very good overall condition and retain their original shine, obviously the result of the car being kept inside all of its life, much of it in the famous front show room of Barris Kustoms on Riverside Drive in Hollywood. There is no checking, fading, or cracking evident in the finish and being an original California car, there is absolutely no rust anywhere on the car.
The interior is trimmed in the standard black vinyl, as all Starsky and Hutch Gran Torinos were. The bucket seating areas are in near perfect original condition, as are the door panels, dashboard and console. The carpet is also in very nice original condition.
All of the accessories, including the heater, turn signals, AM/FM stereo, etc. are in perfect working order.
All of the windows as well as the door locks work. The trunk is clean and has no rust.
The underside of the car is commensurate with a low-mileage California car. It is rust-free and very well preserved.
The engine bay is completely original with all components in operational condition including the air suspension for the front end of the car.
Every detail of the engine compartment is “Barris Correct” and well preserved. There is some minor wear to certain painted surfaces due to age, but overall, it is very presentable.
TIRES AND WHEELS:
The tires are in very good condition with minimal wear and no evidence of dry rot.
The wheels (another part of the car that made it famous) are the original polished aluminum Anson Slotted Mags and are in excellent condition.
OVERALL DRIVING IMPRESSIONS:
This Gran Torino runs and drives great even with the added weight of the additional framework and air suspension. It runs and accelerates smoothly and quickly (thanks in large part to the 351 Windsor engine) and the automatic transmission shifts as it should.
The car drives around town and on the open road with no squeaks, creaks, or rattles. It has had all of the necessary service recently performed including oil change, tune up, installation of new battery, and transmission and differential service and needs absolutely nothing to drive, show and enjoy. All of the mechanical aspects of the car work as they should.
This 1975 Gran Torino is an original and very special car that has been driven very sparingly during the last 30 years…
…And yes, the original red police flasher comes with the car…
First airing in 1975, Starsky & Hutch was a new kind of cop show, and throughout it’s four-year run, brought a gritty Dirty Harry-style sensibility to prime time. The three stars of the show were David Soul, Paul Michael Glazer, and the ’75 Torino. The car became so popular in fact that in 1976 Ford built a special edition of 1,000 Starsky & Hutch Torinos for sale to the general public.
The owner has received a letter from George Barris confirming that this car was used in the movie "Starsky and Hutch." (see picture). The name of the owner has been conceiled to protect his privacy.
One of The Actual Starsky and Hutch TV and Movie Cars
Engine Shots including Additional Bracing
Assorted Camera Mounts and other Evidence of TV & Movie Usage
Signed by the Creator George Barris
Documentation from George Barris on his Letterhead
Vehicle Condition - - I have not personally inspected or photographed this vehicle. I am relying on the pictures and descriptions provided by the seller. I can tell based on conversations with the owner and based on documentation, that this is the real deal. This is one of the great automotive icons of the 1970's and of all time. This is an unusually rare buying opportunity as these real cars seldom change hands. Please don't hesitate!! The current owner has elected to keep the VIN # private. Additional documentation can be provided to any seriously interested parties. Please no tire kickers.
It is commonly understood that the car in the TV series Starsky and Hutch was more popular and received more fan mail than either Starsky or Hutch. This is truly a rare opportunity to own an iconic piece of 1970's pop culture. Please feel free to ask questions prior to bidding. I will make sure to get every questions answered in a timely basis.
I invite and encourage any interested party to inspect this car in Oak Brook Terrace, IL. and determine for yourself that this car is an automotive icon. Seeing is really believing.
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This item is being sold as is, where is with no warranty, expressed written or implied unless there is a warranty in effect from the factory. The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein, and makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, imperfection, defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected this item, and to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and value and to bid based upon that judgement solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects associated with this vehicle at the buyer's request prior to the close of sale. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the item.