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Hardcastle and McCormick is a 1980s action/drama television series from Stephen J. Cannell Productions and Columbia Pictures Television, shown on ABC from 1983-1986, starring Brian Keith as Judge Milton C. Hardcastle and Daniel Hugh Kelly as ex-con and race car driver Mark "Skid" McCormick.

The show's premise involves the retirement of Los Angelesmarker Superior Court Judge Milton C. "Hardcase" Hardcastle. With file drawers filled with 200 criminals who got off on technicalities, he takes a page from hischildhood hero, the Lone Ranger, and makes plans to go after thesecriminals. Mark McCormick is a smart-mouthed, streetwise car thief who is looking at hard time for his latest theft, a prototype sports car designed by his murdered best friend. Together they strike a deal: Hardcastle helps Mark catch the murderer; Mark agrees to be the Judge's right hand man.


Coyote X

The car that McCormick drove, the Coyote X, was built from a Manta Montage kit car, as is the popular belief, but was based on a McLaren M6BGT, though the Montage itself was an M6 replica as well. The nose, windshield doors and lower body are faithful representations of the McLaren McLaren Automotive; the rear deck, however, was a custom component, that became a feature on many Montages with damaged rear windows. Most of the cars for the show were molded and assembled by Mike Fennel. Like many kit cars of the time, the car uses a chassis from a VW Beetle and its engine from a Porsche 914. The Coyote For the second and third seasons, producers used a different Coyote, which was based on a De Lorean DMC-12, as Brian Keith had difficulty getting in and out of the original Coyote. One significant difference is that the car's appearance no longer resembles the Manta, as the front is larger than the original, making the car resemble a front-engined car. A season 1 car that was used in the production of Hardcastle and McCormick is currently owned by a private owner in Southern New Jersey. Another stunt car was reconfigured for the Knight Rider 2000 tv pilot, then consequently turned into Jay Ohrberg's show car "Taz-Mobile". That car is currently being restored in Long Beach, CA, by a private collector, and can be viewed on Jay's website. There seem to be only three remaining season 1 cars in existence, while the DeLorean-based cars are represented by at least three examples. The DeLorean-based Coyote can be seen in the background during the Married...With Children episode "Kelly Bounces Back", sans its Coyote rocker panel graphics. The jump car used for season 1 was re-bodied and used for the remaining two seasons of the show. It was displayed at Disney's Hollywood Studiosmarker Theme Park in Orlando, Florida. It has since been sold, restored and sold again to a private owner.

File:Coyote 024.JPG|Season 1 car.File:Coyote 033.JPG|Season 1 Coyote at home in New Jersey.File:Coyote Ride 028.JPG|Season 1 car rear quarter.File:coyote Ride 022.JPG|Season 1 car front.

Theme songs

The opening theme song during season one of this series was entitled "Drive". It was composed by Mike Post and Pete Carpenter and sung by David Morgan. For the first part of second season, the theme song was "Back to Back", also composed by Post and Carpenter but sung by Joey Scarbury (who also sang Post's theme for The Greatest American Hero). Viewer criticism, however, resulted in the "Drive" theme being reinstated and kept through season three.

DVD releases

Visual Entertainment has released all 3 seasons of Hardcastle and McCormick on DVD in Region 1 (Canada only).

DVD Name Ep # Release Date Additional Information
The Complete First Season 23 February 14, 2006
  • Includes 2 hr Pilot, "Rolling Thunder"
The Complete Second Season 22 August 15, 2006
  • All Original Music
The Complete Third Season 22 October 30, 2007
  • Photo Gallery
  • All Original Music

It is unknown if Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release any seasons of Hardcastle and McCormick in the U.S.


  1. Manta Cars

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