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Fabrice G.'s 1974 Ford Gran Torino®
"Starsky & Hutch"®Replica


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As a lot of young boys in the '80s, Fabrice was fascinated with the big red car with the white stripe he saw in the "Starsky & Hutch"©TV show that he watched on Sunday afternoons on French TV. Many years later, he thought it was time to make his dream come true.

In 2008, Fabrice found this car on eBay. There were many Torinos for sale at the time, and this one was the closest to what he was looking for and for the price he wanted to pay. Tom, the seller, kindly organized the shipment and export of the car to France. Fabrice got the car in February, 2009.


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The car was originally a brown Gran Torino with opera windows and vinyl roof. Fabrice believes it has the original engine. He had an AOD transmission installed and the shifter was moved from steering column to the floor. When Fabrice received the car, it was already painted red and the opera window were covered. The car had some mechanic and cosmetic problems he had to fix. I took two years to get the car as it looks in these pictures, but the car was good condition overall, and Fabrice was able to drive it right away. He had the usual engine and transmission leaks, both on the rear and front main seal, some electrical had to be redone, and interior parts had to be changed. Other than that, Fabrice says, the car needed only some TLC and a little bit of time.

Fabrice's idea was to make a nice TV show tribute car, with the final touches being the famous red light, the Motorola radio and speaker, Starsky's cardigan, and SL76 slotted mags.


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Fabrice says the TV show and the Torino was and still is very popular in France, and each time he's on the road with it, people point and say, "Look, Starsky and Hutch's car!"

Fabrice hopes to keep the car a long time. He says, "It's really nice and reliable, and I think after the work I've done on it I finally love it for what it is and represents."

   

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