Over the past half century, many cars have played prominent parts on American TV shows ranging from Car 54 Where Are You? to Knight Rider. For reasons known only to movie producers, two TV-car favorites have made dubious comebacks on the silver screen, and Fifth Gear's Vicki Butler-Henderson decided to put them head-to-head on the race track. For the first time, the oh-so-subtle red-and-white Ford Gran Torino and the bright orange Dodge Charger face off in a boob-tube battle royale. The Charger's steering was optional and its brakes diabolical, while the Torino from the early days of emission controls was anything but a performance car. Anyone who thinks the old days were the glory days of performance cars should compare these two to modern rides. The golden age is now. Find out who wins after the jump!
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