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Where is the Original ‘Starsky And Hutch’ Car Now?

Where is the Original ‘Starsky And Hutch’ Car Now?

The legendary car from Starsky & Hutch, famously dubbed the “striped tomato”, became a character in its own right. Airing from 1975 to 1979 across five seasons, the show propelled David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser to fame while immortalizing the Gran Torino.

The show follows police detectives David Starsky and Kenneth “Hutch” Hutchinson in the fictional Bay City, Southern California.

This iconic red 1974 Gran Torino was uniquely styled with a distinctive white “vector” stripe. It was also modified with air shocks, Ansen Sprint 5-slot mag wheels, and larger rear tires, according to Silodrome.

Reportedly, Paul Michael Glaser, the actor portraying the car’s owner David Starsky, never quite warmed up to the car. Right from the beginning, Glaser had a distaste for the red and white striped Torino with mag wheels. In various interviews, he expressed his opinion that the car appeared too childish and found the concept of two undercover cops driving around in such an extravagant car to be utterly absurd.

Of course, the TV car gained immense popularity. This led to the production of 1,305 units of the factory-built Ford Gran Torino Starsky & Hutch limited edition model.

Ford did not incorporate these TV show modifications into their Gran Torino Starsky & Hutch car models. The special editions were initially painted in Ford’s Wimbledon White, with the stripe masked off. Then, they were painted with Ford’s Bright Red. Additional features on the Special Edition included an upgraded radiator, Edelbrock fuel injection, exhaust, cross-drilled disc brakes, aftermarket suspension, and cabin instruments.

However, over the years, numerous owners have customized their vehicles to closely resemble and function like the one seen on screen.

Where the Original ‘Starsky and Hutch’ Car is Today

Multiple cars were crafted for the show, with some sources suggesting a minimum of ten, though this remains unverified. Presently, it is believed that only three of these cars are still around.

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles currently showcases one of the original cars from the series. This particular model, known as “Car #1” from Starsky and Hutch, offers a unique insight into the filming process. The Torino still features a camera used during filming and bears the signatures of both Glaser and Soul.

While this one is available for display, the same cannot be said for the other cars featured throughout the show’s history. As time passes, locating authentic models is becoming progressively challenging due to the influx of replicas saturating the market.