Ford Motor Company actually marketed around 1,000 special edition Gran Torino hardtops during the 1976 model year with the Starsky and Hutch paint job - the shape of the white stripe was not the same as the TV cars; sadly, the Torino was redesigned for 1977 as the LTD II, with the station wagon the only sole survivor.
In the pilot Starsky uses a Baretta 9mm automatic pistol and Hutch a Smith & Wesson .38 Special revolver. In the regular series, Starsky has swapped to a Colt .45 and Hutch a Colt Python .357 Magnum revolver. Hutch's handgun is actually the same weapon used by David Soul's vigilante cop character in the Dirty Harry film Magnum Force (1973).
In France, this series was dubbed in an irreverent way, ad-libing a lot thus departing from the original scripts and using very funny, often absurd colloquialisms and phrases. Because of that, although retaining its drama flair, in France, it had more of a comedy element to it, more so than its American version, making the characters even more quirky and lovable. The French dubbing owes a big part of this show's success and popularity in France. (The same thing happened there with the dubbing for The Persuaders, UK series).