The 2008 film "Gran Torino" stars Clint Eastwood as the grisly retired war vet, Walt Kowalski. Ole' Walt didn't like very many people, but he sure loved his mint condition, dark green, 1972 Gran Torino. Many fans of "Dirty Harry" recognized that the character of Walt could be interpreted as a retired version of Eastwood's earlier character, Inspector Harry Callahan. If this is a world where Inspector Callahan was able to retire, it came as no surprise when Walt started kicking butt over the car he supposedly built on the Ford assembly line in Detroit. Gran Torino's weren't actually assembled in Detroit, but it made for a good story none the less.
Unlike most, this movie car is 100% real. Eastwood's staff found the car online, and Warner Brothers bought the car through a classic car dealer on eBay. It had a few choice options including Magnum 500 wheels, and a 'Laser Stripe' down the sides of the car. Owner Jim Craig described it as a mechanically sound barn-find, which he finally restored after 5 years. He never knew his car was about to star in a major motion picture when he sold it.
Upon arrival from Utah, the studio had the Torino's bumpers re-chromed. Otherwise, the car was left untouched. After the filming was complete, Eastwood purchased the Gran Torino for his personal collection.