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 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).
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).