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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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This 1972 Ford Gran Torino was owned by Clint Eastwood’s character in the 2008 movie Gran Torino. It should be the car you think of when somebody says “Hollywood” and “Gran Torino” in the same sentence. But, I’ll bet that many will think of the red 1976 Gran Torino from the 1970s television series Starsky and Hutch (below), which I think is unfortunate. Maybe it’s because I:

  • • never watched the television show
  • • did like the Eastwood movie. 

At any rate, the ’72 is a much sharper-looking car,  due in large part to the fact that it was produced before the federal government imposed its battering-ram bumper standards on the automobile industry. Yikes, those things were u-g-l-y.

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— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know