Walt Kowalski je zagrenjeni veteran korejske vojne in vdovec. Jezen na vse, pravzaprav le še čaka, da mine preostanek njegovega življenja. Njegovi sosedje so priseljenci iz Azije, ki jih Walt prezira. Neke noči poskuša nekdo ukrasti njegov avto, gran torino letnik `72. Ta dogodek v njegovo življenje pripelje najstniškega soseda Thaa, ki so ga člani tolpe prisilili, da mu ga je poskušal ukrasti. Med Waltom in sosedovim fantom se razvije nepričakovano prijateljstvo.
Walt Kowalski is a widower who holds onto his prejudices despite the changes in his Michigan neighborhood and the world around him. Kowalski is a grumpy, tough-minded, unhappy old man who can't get along with either his kids or his neighbors. He is a Korean War veteran whose prize possession is a 1972 Gran Torino he keeps in mint condition. When his neighbor Thao, a young Hmong teenager under pressure from his gang member cousin, tries to steal his Gran Torino, Kowalski sets out to reform the youth. Drawn against his will into the life of Thao's family, Kowalski is soon taking steps to protect them from the gangs that infest their neighborhood.