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Carlisle Ford Nationals Salutes 40 Years of the Starsky/Hutch Gran Torino

Posted March 17, 2016 9:00 AM by dstrohl

Starsky & Hutch, which premiered on ABC television in April of 1975, was hardly the first crime drama to feature an automobile in a starring role. It was, perhaps, the first television series to spawn a limited production run of copycat cars from a major automaker, and four decades after the debut of the 1976 Starsky/Hutch Ford Gran Torinos, the cars retain their cult following (aided by a 2004 motion picture reboot of the show). On June 3-5, the Carlisle Ford Nationals will salute 40 years of the "striped tomato" Gran Torinos with a display featuring cars from the television series and movie along with production examples built for consumers by Ford.

Detective David Starsky, played by actor Paul Michael Glaser, wasn't even supposed to drive a Ford. As originally scripted, the dark-haired and street-savvy cop drove a Chevrolet Camaro convertible, but Ford's studio loaner program soon put an end to that idea. Told to pick a car from Ford's lineup that would stand out, George Grenier, the show's transportation coordinator, settled on a red Gran Torino, which he modified with a white "vector stripe" and five-slot mag wheels shod with oversize tires.

How the Gran Torino got famous as the wheels of two street-wise detectives.

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