1976 Ford Gran Torino Starsky and Hutch TV Series by Greenlight

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1976 Ford Gran Torino Starsky and Hutch TV Series by Greenlight

The movie Starsky & Hutch is a classic 1970 television series. Aside from its action-filled and intense plot, the tv series is well-remembered for the two-door Gran Torino vehicle. This Ford model came with a bright red color with white accents on its sides.
Starsky & Hutch is a 1970s American cop thriller television series, which consisted of a 70-minute pilot movie (originally aired as a Movie of the Week entry) and 92 episodes of 50 minutes each. The show was created by William Blinn, produced by Spelling-Goldberg Productions, and broadcast between 1975 to 1979 on the ABC network. It was distributed by Columbia Pictures Television in the United States and, originally, Metromedia Producers Corporation in Canada and some other parts of the world. Sony Pictures Television is now the worldwide distributor for the series. The series also inspired a theatrical film and a video game.
Stunt cars, camera cars, tow cars, dolly cars, and cars used for “beauty” shots varied in model year from 1974 to 1976 Ford Torinos, since the body style of the Gran Torino was unchanged.
Originally, Blinn was to have Starsky drive a Chevrolet Camaro convertible because he fondly remembered a green and white one that he owned. However, when production started on the pilot episode, Ford Motor Company’s Studio-TV Car Loan Program was the lease supplier for Spelling-Goldberg. They looked at lease stock and chose two 1975 351 Windsor V8-powered (VIN code “H”) “Bright Red” (paint code 2B) 2-door Gran Torinos. Both cars had a role in the pilot movie, one being “Starsky’s” car, and the other being a similar car which is mistaken for Starsky’s car by the film’s villains. They each had body-side mouldings along with a black interior with vinyl bench seats. Interestingly, one of the pilot cars had the luxury remote-control chrome mirrors installed, while the other pilot car had the cheaper, entry-level manual chrome mirrors installed; in editing the film, Starsky and Hutch are shown to be driving around in each of the two cars at different times during the film.
The cars were also custom painted (on top of the factory red paint colour) with the distinctive white “vector” stripe designed by Spelling-Goldberg’s transportation coordinator George Grenier. The rear ends were lifted by air shocks, and had “U.S.” brand 5-slot mag wheels added with larger rear tires. While the tires were mounted so that only the black wall side would show, thus hiding any unauthorized brand-name display, in one first season episode (“Kill Huggy Bear”), a close-up shot of the villain cutting the rear brake lines shows the letters on the inside-facing side of the tires to say Firestone.
For Starsky and Hutch fans, this Greenlight diecast model is a detailed and accurate replica version of the well-loved Ford Gran Torino. This miniature model comes in the same two-door body style and of course the bright red with white stripes paint job. The vehicle’s components such as the grille, side mirrors and dashboard are also consistent with the actual vehicle.

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