|Name:||The Torino, a 1975 two-door Ford Gran Torino|
|Location:||taking a tight corner somewhere in Bay City, California, Mars light flashing|
|Status:||according to most fanworks, rebuilt by Merle (The Customizing Pearl) after being shot-up in “Sweet Revenge”|
|Relationships:||Starsky and the Torino are real tight. Hutch and the Torino, not so much|
|Fandom:||Starsky and Hutch|
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The Torino is Starsky’s beloved car, a vehicle Hutch claims to dislike.
In canon, Starsky only refers to his car as “The Torino” only a handful of times, but it is the name fans almost universally use. Hutch refers to it, among other things, as a “two-ton piece of junk” and “striped tomato.”
For a similar topic, see Dean Winchester/Impala.
Starsky’s Devotion to His Car in Fanon
The Torino as a Symbol of Starsky’s Ability to Return to the Streets
In the last episode of the show, Starsky is shot a number of times as he and Hutch are getting into the Torino. Both he and the car sustain massive damage. One popular subject with fans is the Torino’s repair, almost always at the capable hands of Merle the Earl, the Customizing Pearl.
- one example "Merry, Merry” by Verlaine, Starsky is reunited with his car. It is a story told through Merle’s eyes.
The Torino Origin Story
Another popular subject fans explore is when, where and how Starsky first bought the Torino.
- some examples?
Some Torino-centric Fiction
- in Driving Me Wild by James Walkswithwind, Starsky is teamed up with his partner in a different manner
- Cars Need Love, Too by Rebelcat, a crossover with Maximum Overdrive, is an anthropomorfic story.
- in Canario by Kath Moonshine, Starsky is on the hunt for a replacement car.
- Red by pawpad, a few moments with an old friend.
- Rebel Rose by Karen, Hutch meets the Torino for the first time.
- The Torino's POV by Amye
- for more Torino-centric fiction, scroll down to Torino stories at Tagging Bay City
Gallery of the Torino in Art
cover of Starsky and Hutch Concordance
cover of Zebra Three #3
inside art from S and H
inside art from Me and Thee, artist unknown. Starsky dreams...
from Moonlight and Mists, artist is Dani
inside issue #2, Susan Wylie: Starsky and his trusty steed in L.A. Vespers #2
The Iconic Torino Stripe
cover of the 1977 zine Sensor Wobbles
the cover of The Fix #6
inside art from S and H #10, Linda Walter
inside art from Me and Thee. It portrays "The Striped Tomato (the Torino) and "The Squash" (Hutch's Ford LTD)
art from the zine Me and Thee, artist unknown, and a reference to "Proposition 13"
from S and H #16, by Greg Franklin
interior art from Tagging Along
art from The Fix #9
- more canon info on the Torino is at the Starsky and Hutch Canon Compendium.