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The vehicle of choice was Starsky's two-door Ford Torino Gran Torino, which was red with a large white vector stripe. The Torino was nicknamed the "Striped Tomato" by Hutch in the episode "Snowstorm"; the nickname was subsequently adopted by the fans of the series. However, the term didn't come from the writers - it came from a real-life comment that Glaser made. In a segment titled Starsky & Hutch: Behind The Badge that was featured on the first season DVD] collection, Glaser stated that when he was first shown the Torino by Aaron Spelling, he sarcastically said to Soul, "That thing looks like a striped tomato!" Hutch's automobile was a battered tan 1973 Ford Galaxie Ford Galaxie 500, which occasionally appeared when the duo needed separate vehicles or for undercover work.

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