Ruined Restoration: 1976 Ford Starsky & Hutch Edition Gran Torino – SOLD?
August 16th Update – Well, the listing for this overpriced Starsky & Hutch tribute expired. We’re willing to bet the car hasn’t sold based on the high asking price, so while we’re marking it “Sold?” for now we’ll continue to be on the lookup for an updated listing in the future.
July 26th Update: Just one week later and its becoming very apparent to the private seller of this Starsky & Hutch clone he overpriced his Ford. After lowering the price of his Gran Torino $7,000 to $28,000 just last week, the seller dropped the price another $3,000 to $25,000 over the weekend. Still way too optimistic in our humble opinion but we will keep an eye on this one to see if it goes any lower.
July 19th Update: Over the weekend we noticed the private seller may have received a dose of reality as he just lowered the price of his Gran Torino $7,000 to $28,000. Still way too optimistic in our humble opinion but we will keep an eye on this one to see if it goes any lower.
July 12th Update: In a shocking development, this “Starsky and Hutch” edition 1976 Ford Torino didn’t sell at $39,000 when we first featured it in March. We doubt the asking price of $35,000 will get anyone to bite either.
Question: how do you ruin a piece of history when “restoring” a rare car? Answer: you make too many modifications instead of restoring it to like new condition. Unfortunately, that’s our first impression of this claimed limited edition 1976 Ford Gran Torino “Starsky & Hutch” edition recently listed on Craigslist in Clifton, New Jersey with a revised asking price of $28,000, which is down a staggering $11,000 from last fall’s original ask of $39,000. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a pricing benchmark for this example.
Perhaps its just us (and we’d love to read your comments on the subject below), but if you have a relatively rare piece of history, restore it to original. If this was a restomod tribute build based on a regular Gran Torino, we’d be all over it. Instead, we’re left to read between what’s been butchered and what’s been restored and the included Starsky cardigan sweater, signed poster, and die cast model don’t make up for it. Again, that’s just our opinion. We’re sure there’s a legion of Ford enthusiasts who always wanted a Starsky & Hutch car yet wanted it with the “go” to back up the “show”. If you fall into that camp, this may be the car for you. Good luck with the purchase!
Here’s the seller’s lengthy description:
“How popular was the Starsky and Hutch Zebra 3 Gran Torino? Though it trails behind the General Lee and the Smokey and Bandit Trans Am, enough folks coveted the car to warrant Fordâ€™s creation of the Starsky and Hitch Special Gran Torino in 1976. A Virtual look alike of the TV car, Fordâ€™s Chicago Plant built 1001 units with the distinctive Zebra 3 tow -tone color treatment. When you look at the VIN the second digit G signifies that it was built by Ford. Further more when looking at Vehicle Certification label where the DSO code must read 0022. The Zebra 3 Gran Torino from Starsky and Hutch actually appeared in the 1st episode of the Dukes of Hazzard (titled â€œOne Armed Banditâ€) Cooter Davenport (Played by actor Ben Jones) is seen behind the wheel. The Starsky /Hutch car used in the that episode was certainly one of the 1001 replicas built by Ford in 1976, and not a loan out car. The Ford Chicago plant workers had to paint each of the 1001 cars not once, but two times. (Source Steve Magnanteâ€™s 1001 Muscle car facts)
I am selling MY 1976 Ford Torino STARSKY & HUCTH LIMITED EDITION one of the 1001 replicas built by Ford in 1976 in REALLY AMAZING CONDITION.
This car has 2 stages THE PREVIUS OWNER BEFORE MADE FULL OF RESTORATION WAS MADE 7 YEARS BEFORE 2011, (SEE THE LAST PICTURES) my STAGE I BOUGHT THE CAR IN JULY 2011 IS WHICH I AM DESCRIBING BELLOW, THE PERFORMANCE PARTS, THE ENGINE IS NOT THE ORIGINAL THAT CAME WITH THE CAR, ALSO IT WAS A 460 CID, BUT IT WAS NOT STRONG LIKE THE WAY I MADE IT.
All the description BELLOW of the car was made between JULY-SETMBER of 2011. I BOUGHT THE CAR in JULY 17th 2011.I used the car just in summer time for the car show near to me, the car has NO MORE THAN 6000 MILLS, also NEVER TOUCH A RAINNING DAY since I BUILTED IT.
This MUSCLE has a 1974 460 Lincoln Marquis IV .30 over with PROBE FORGED FLAT TOP -3.0 SRS Piston set 9.7-1 compression, NEW EDL 60669 ALUMMINUN HEADS 95 cc, NEW Edelbrock Performer RPM Air-Gap Intake Manifold Ford 429/460 Fits Stock Heads 7566, NEW STREET AVENGER HOLLEY 870 CFM CARBURATOR, NEW MSD Ignition 8577 Pro-Billet Distributor, COIL 102.000 V MSD, 1970-71 FORD TORINO J CODE RAM AIR SHAKER 429 COBRA JET, NEW HOKKER HEADERS with 3” PIPES and SPIN TECH PERFORMANCE MUFFLERS 3”, a NEW TRANY STREET FIGHTER TCI-411200 3 SPEED with a FORD 9” NODULAR POSI 3.50 – 31 SPLINES with NEW MOSER AXLES 31 SPLINE with a DRIVESHAFT 1310 YOKE JOINT, and I ALSO REMOVED 30 POUNDS OF THE BUMPER SUPPORT REAR/FRONT MAKING THE CAR MORE LIGHTER COMING DOWN TO 3950 POUNDS from the 4400 POUNDS ORIGINAL.
This combination is giving AROUND 490 HP close to 500 HP. I have not done the DYNO TEST, but IT IS SO CLOSE TO THIS NUMBER.
The previous owner made FULL FRAME OF RESTORATION with all the parts NEW he invested $25,000.00 all the receipts of the parts and labor include from the previous owner you can see the pictures. Also I invested $40,000.00 all receipts of the parts and labor from my job is included. You will receive also a STARSKY & HUCTH 1:18 scale die cast, a CAR POSTER SIGNED by PAUL MICHEAL GLASER I MET HIM IN VEGAS IN 2012, and the FAMOUS David Starsky Cardigan Sweater.
Please I just described the NOT WITH ALL THE DETAILS HAS ON IT. Feel free to ask me for more PICTURES, DETAILS, VIDEOS, and also IF YOU WANT TO MAKE THE CAR ORIGINAL WITHOUT THE RAM IAR, I STILL HAVE THE KIT THAT FIT WITH THE TALLER AIR GAP, I CAN PROVIDE EXTRAS PICTURES AS REQUESTED THEM and the PIECE OF HOOD I TOOK OFF TO FIT THE RAM AIR.
The paint is an excellent condition but I would suggest to repaint the car again. We ARE TALKING ABOUT IN TOTAL $65,000.00 ON IT, NOT BAD FOR A GUY OF 43 YEARS OLD.
The car original came with WHITE BENCH SEATS & COLUMN SHIFTER, I changed for COMPLETE LEATHER UPHOLTERY ORIGINAL BLACK BUCKETS SEAT $2,500.00 WITH A PERFORMANCE B&M 3-SPEED SHIFTER ON THE FLOOR.
ORIGINAL RADIO, PANASONIC 50×4, JL AMPLIFIER 75×4 XD 400/4, 6×9 JL SPEAKERS TR 690-TX1, JL AUDIO 5 ¼ 2 WAY, KCK CROSSVOER, PANASONIC DISCCHARGER 8 DISC.
4 NEW COIL SPRING REAR/FRONT, (2) QA1 REAR COILOVER 23-19 “ EXT 12 ADJUT . HAL DR 98550, 2 COIL SPRINGS 18”x2.5×110 RATE/IN, (2) QA1 FRONT SHOCK HAL TCI 9589, STUD MOUNT CONVERSION.
RIM & TIRES
(2) MICKEY THOMPSON FRONT MTT 6640, (2) MICKEY THOMPSON REAR MTT 6641, (2) REAR 10×15 SLOTTED MAGS POLISH, (2) FRONT 7.5×15 SLOTTED MAGS POLISH, (4) BRAND NEW ET CENTER CAPS w ET DECAL.
3 ROW ALUMINUM RADIATOR, ALUMINUM ALTERNATOR, PULLEY, BRACKETS, NEW POWER STEERING PUMP, ALUMINUM POWER STEERING BRACKETS, FLEXALITE FAN.
Bellow you can check the link on YOUTUBE to see the car’s sound, without the RAM AIR and ORIGINAL HOOD, and WITH THE RAM AIR. In the video you see the original kit for without the RAM AIR
Feel free for more INFORMATION YOU ARE REALLY GETTING AN AMAZING GARAGE KEPT 1976 Ford Torino STARSKY & HUCTH LIMITED EDITION one of the 1001 replicas
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