Collectors Are Paying More
For Kitschy Cars of the 1970s;
'Rich Corinthian Leather'
by JONATHAN WELSH
Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Excerpts from the Article.
Photo, from the article, is of
John Q.'s S&H Torino.
This article said, "Price guides value a basic 1976 Gran Torino at less than $4,000.
But with a loud paint job and racy wheels, ala 'Starsky & Hutch,'
it might fetch $10,000 to $20,000." BUT
that's actually a mistake. I told the writer that the
Limited Production S&H Torinos were selling
for that much, not replicas - not at that time.
|"Terry Fitzpatrick's mid-1970s Ford is chunky and not too fast, with plastic panels
and peeling faux-chrome trim inside. Three years ago, he figured the car was worth buying for $5,000, because it
reminded him of a TV show he watched as a kid. Now, he's getting offers from people who also kind of like it --
and are willing to buy it for $20,000 or more."
"'I never thought it would take off like this,' says Mr. Fitzpatrick, a 39-year-old insurance underwriter
in Wooster, Ohio. His 1976 Gran Torino is red and white like the one from "Starsky & Hutch." 'It's
really just a paint job,' he says ..."
"That '70s nostalgia has taken an unusual turn. Cars from that decade -- widely viewed as the low point of
U.S. auto industry -- are showing up on the antique-auto circuit and starting to fetch classic-car prices ..."
"Indeed, more than a few of these cars have a connection to 1970s television. The 1976 "Starsky & Hutch" Ford Torino that Mr. Fitzpatrick owns is one of only about 200 known to be on the road today [that's
a mistake in the article, Terry's car is one of less than 100 on the road today, not 200 - JQ]. With a "Starsky" movie set to come out in March, prices are expected to rise
well beyond the $5,000 to $10,000 the cars have fetched over the past few years, says John Quirk, who tracks prices
for the car for his Web site, Starskytorino.com ... [and they did, they are
averaging $15,000 to $20,000 now - JQ]"