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Eddie T.'s 1976 Ford Gran Torino®
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This car was first featured on this site in 2002 under the name of Mark A. in California. You who have been around here for a while might remember the photos of this car in front of various S&H TV Series filming locations around Venice Beach, California. Eddie bought the car from Mark on eBay in 2005. Now how's this for irony? Mark A. was an Englishman living in the USA, and Eddie is an American living in England! I think there's a Sting song in there somewhere.

This Torino is one of two cars that were used in the movie "Charlie's Angels 2: Full Throttle" in 2003. (The other was owned by
"Movie" Mike Walsh at the time, but was then sold to Al H.) In the movie, Drew Barrymore was strapped to the hood of the car by a harness connected to her belt that went through a small hole in the hood of the car. If you rent the DVD, there's a behind-the-scenes featurette on it and you can see both cars in it (one had chrome mirrors).

I remember when Mark A., who owned the car at the time, told me about the studios using this car. He said they gave it back to him in better shape than when they borrowed it, which was a pleasant surprise, and they paid him $250 a day for using the car. Penny got to meet Mark in 2003 when we were in California visiting the set of the S&H movie. He was a great guy and gave us a nice tour of Venice Beach and the canals. But now, back to Eddie ...


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Eddie is a retired US Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant, SO SIT AT ATTENTION AND LISTEN UP, YOU MAGGOT! He's originally from Chicago, Illinois, and I'm not sure how he ended up in England, but it's there that he bought and has since restored the car. If you live in the UK, you'll be glad to know it is currently available for private hire! The before and after photos above show that he did a very nice job with it. That's Eddie in the black jacket, reaching deep into his pockets and sparing no expense on the restoration work. :-)


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If you look at the larger version of this photo, you'll see at least two familiar faces. This is a photo of Eddie's car when it was still owned by Mark in California and was used in a documentary about S&H. The documentary crew, strangely enough, was from England. So this car has been quite an ambassador over the years! I hope I'll get to see it again someday if I ever get over to visit the many S&H Torino owners in the UK!
 

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