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Hagerty Employee

Starsky and Hutch Torino replica is less Lalo Schifrin, more Tom Scott

There were plenty of cop shows on TV in the 1970s, but there was only one Starsky and Hutch. Take away the dirty 1970s vibe, creepy-with-women mentality, and that funky fashion/music and you're left with stories that still hold up in today's more politically sensitive society.
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Pattishack3
New Driver

I purchased in February 1974 a brand new 1974 Ford Gran Torino Sport and it had the 351 Cleveland under the hood.
Gary_Bechtold
Specialist

Car looks in good condition and like the TV car. Not exactly my favorite Ford but still cool.
Tinkerah
Engineer

And with an under-dash FM converter recently mentioned among these pages!
hyperv6
Racer

This was one car I just never had a real reason but I always liked it. The Stripe just made a basic car into a Star. 

 

Kind of like the A team van the paint really made it into something special. 

JBBearcat
Detailer

I recall seeing a factory replica in a dealer showroom in college. Black interior, without the sport mirrors.recalls
Every town had a couple on the streets.
A friend also recalls them and recalls the white stripe had masking edges thick enough to cut yourself on.
MATTMERICA
Technician

This torino and the torino GT are pretty cool in the right color/graphics
Zephyr
Instructor

Long ago, working as a damage estimator I inspected an actual, used in the TV series, Starsky and Hutch Torino that had been sold to a private party. At that point the car was still registered to Ford as I recall. The car had many, many hack repair jobs, including to the frame. The owner told me that the cars would get damaged during filming and cobbled together at night. A few years later there was an article in our company newsletter saying that the Dukes Of Hazzard did the same thing. If the Dukes were filming on location they would actually rent a local body shop for the week and have their own crew do the repairs.
MrKnowItAll
Advanced Driver

There were two; one had a 4:11 rear, iirc, for burnouts & stunts, the other was principal picture car. Bench seats, bone stock.
Ford provided all the cars to the series, as well as some production vehicles like Econoline passenger vans. Changed out yearly.
Nobody remembers the other principal car- the beat up beige LTD.
SuperDeLuxe
Advanced Driver

Starsky and Hutch is pretty much the only reason this lack-luster family car has anything like street cred. Still love it though.
Smasher
Intermediate Driver

What is the DSO order code “0022” ?
JBBearcat
Detailer

I believe it is for the factory S&H replica package.
Sajeev
Community Manager

Correct. Without that order code, a Torino isn't a legit Starsky and Hutch car. 

Javman
Intermediate Driver

The car is cool but them big ugly bumpers have got to be cut and tucked in to the body. I know it wouldn't look quite like the original but imho would greatly improve the look.
SilentBoy741
Instructor

"Take away the dirty 1970s vibe, creepy-with-women mentality, and that funky fashion/music and you’re left with stories that still hold up in today’s more politically sensitive society."

Actually, I prefer to take away the more politically sensitive society and just enjoy great TV the way it was supposed to be.
CitationMan
Gearhead

Lalo Schifrin also did the classic Mission Impossible TV theme. I still have the LP.
Nice article!
Sajeev
Community Manager

Schifrin is a highly underrated musician! 

CitationMan
Gearhead

Totally agree. He turns 90 this year!

http://schifrin.com

Sajeev
Community Manager

Oh wow, that's awesome!