Starsky and Hutch was a television cop show created by William Blinn and played between 1975 and 1979 on ABC. The show
featured two California policemen, the dark-haired David Starsky (Paul Michael Glaser) playing the driver and the blond
Ken 'Hutch' Hutchinson (David Soul). Their radio handle was "ZEBRA-3" and their street car was an eye catching tomato
red, 1975-76 Ford Gran Torino automobile with a wide white stripe.
Ford Gran Torino Details
Make & Model: Ford Gran Torino
Engine: 351 c.i. Cleveland V-8 rated at 250 hp (400 c.i. and 460 c.i. V8s were optional and also
Carburetor: Four barrel carb
Transmission: XPL type C-6 Automatic Transmission
Wheels: Magnum 500 with HR78 x 14/B Radial Firestone Tires
Color: Bright Red (2B)
Other Notables: Black vinyl interior with white trim, color-keyed sport mirrors, AM-FM radio with 8-Track,
heavy duty suspension, air shocks on the rear end, special stripe, sport steering wheel, bumper protection and
manual air conditioning.
The show started by using a 1975 Gran Torino and updated to the 1976 model for its second, third and fourth seasons. These cars
were built at a time in history when horsepower was being replaced by fuel economy and environmental standards.
The forty four hundred pound Ford was not the quickest off the block with the base 351 c.i. engine - it really wasn't a muscle car but it just
looked good. In 1976 Ford introduced a very limited edition (1,002) Starsky and Hutch replicas of the Gran Torino. It was
the same car that was used in the show and could run up to over $7,000 with all the options. The 1976 Torino was the last and final
Gran Torino before Ford replaced it with the LTD name and product line.
Protecting the vinyl seats and interior of a Ford Gran Torino is
always an important concern for classic car owners. Seat reupholstering
can be costly but car seat covers are always an option. There are even custom car seat covers available
that fit classics like the the Ford Gran Torino.
Video of a Starsky and Hutch chase scene with the Ford Gran Torino
Pictures of the Starsky and Hutch Ford Gran Torino