The Starsky and Hutch Ford Gran Torino is a classic TV car and models of it have been made by many toy companies including Corgi, Hot Wheels, Johnny Lightning, Greenlight, ERTL American Muscle and others. We take a look some of these in our Starsky & Hutch Ford Gran Torino Toys Price Guide.
The iconic Starsky & Hutch Gran Torino immortalized the late 1970s, helmed by two streetwise detectives that quickly became American TV icons. Capturing the spirit of the times, this vehicle – though not as powerful or flashy as some other cars – has now been widely remembered and even replicated by many devout fans throughout the years. The 1973 Ford Gran Torino was chosen for its disheveled but strong-looking exterior, perfectly embodying tough guy detectives Starsky and Hutch. Bearing its classic Red Tomato paint job, White Winged doors, and Andalusian stripes across its body make it a truly timeless symbol of an era.
Corgi Set 292
One of the most well known models not only for Starsky & Hutch but probably of all TV themed related die-cast models (I think the Batmobile just shades it) is the Corgi set 292 Starsky & Hutch Ford Torino. The Corgi set 292 Starsky & Hutch Ford Torino is a fantastic replica of the iconic vehicle from the popular 1970s TV show. Featuring detailed die-cast construction and authentic die-cast paintwork, the 1:36 scale has full opening doors model. It comes with 3 figures of Starsky & Hutch ready to solve any case that comes their way and a baddie figure with arms and legs outstretched ready to be arrested.
Corgi 292 Starsky & Hutch Ford Torino with KTLA Labels – Until reading around we were not aware that the set came with variations. This set features KTLA Labels. This rare promotional version features a KTLA sign within the box. KTLA is a television station in Los Angeles and were promoting the show on their channel. The model has a sticker at the front and sign at the back, both saying ‘ STARSKY & HUTCH Monday-Friday 6-7pm KTLA 5 ‘. The version pictured sold for £595 at QDT the diecast specialist.
Greenlight have created a number of models including 1:24 and 1:18 scale models, a weathered version which shows the Torino distressed with road grime and dirt, and a set featuring a Ford Ranchero and Flatbed Trailer. Greenlight have also created a set of Starsky and Hutch vehicles featuring other cars from the show.
What could be better than a model Gran Torino Model model? A signed model.
A Celebrity Authentics ‘ released ‘ Starsky & Hutch ‘ 1:18 scale diecast model Ford Gran Torino . The model personally autographed / signed by the original stars of the series: Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul. Signed in black marker to top surfaces.
This model was signed not only by David Soul and Paul Michael Glaser, but also Antonio Fargas who played Huggy Bear, one of the main support characters of the series. It sold for $325 on ebay, July 2016.
About the Ford Gran Torino
The Ford Torino was a car that was manufactured by Ford Motor Company and sold between the years of 1968 to 1976. It was part of the Ford Fairlane line, and its popularity grew due to its design, power, luxury features and affordability. The first generation model was introduced in 1968 with a range of different engine sizes and occasional special edition models. However, some of its most memorable features came during the second generation of production which ran from 1970 to 1971. This iteration featured sporty designs with more powerful engine options, stylish chrome trims as well as fancy stereo systems.
It wasn’t just about good looks either; the Torino performed impressively for its time in motor races such as NASCAR where it consistently placed high on leaderboards. By 1976 sales began to slow down and so the Ford Torino’s production came to an end after eight years. But even today it remains renowned for its impressive styling and performance power making it an iconic car from the past.