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"Movie Mike" W.'s 1974 Gran Torino
2004
"Starsky & Hutch"®Movie Hero Car

Starsky & Hutch Torino

This Gran Torino had only 1,874 Original Miles on it when Mike bought it from Steve B. It was red with a black vinyl top, cloth bench seats, column shift, and a 6 cylinder engine. Mike gave it the "Starsky & Hutch" paint job - "Viper Red" with a white stripe that was his own new design instead of simply a copy of the TV show cars.

He replaced the interior with black vinyl buckets and added a floor shift and center console. The car has 8 1/12" x 15" slotted mags all around for better handling. The six cylinder was removed and replaced with a Monster 351 Windsor built by Mike's crew at
Premiere Studio Rentals. With parts supplied by Edelbrock and others, the new engine has about 435 horsepower - great for burning tires and sliding around corners.

Starsky & Hutch Torino

As you read in the March, 2004 issue of Hot Rod Magazine, both Hero Torinos suffered front end damage in separate "incidents" during filming. When Penny and I (above) visited "Movie Mike" at Premiere Studio Rentals in San Fernando, California on May 2, 2003, Hero #1 wasn't quite put all the way back together.

But Mike was nice enough to pull it out of the garage for us to see it in the sun - and even let me drive it back into the garage! I drove it
very gingerly to avoid any sort of "incident" of my own, but I could feel an awful lot of power under my foot!

That's us, above, posing as "Hutch" and "Starsky" bringing down the bad guys with Mike's rubber guns.

 

These signatures are now on the underside of the trunk lid.
They're hard to read, but YOU KNOW whose they are.

 

     

 

Starsky & Hutch Torino
This car is "#1" of several Gran Torinos that "star" in the
2004 "Starsky & Hutch"
® movie - see other Movie Torinos here!

 

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