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$1 Bill France Holman Moody Car, Part 3

Thanks to the historical knowledge of John Craft we can give you some more of the story on the $1 sale of a Ford Torino to NASCAR’s Bill France. If you have read Craft’s comments at the bottom of the previous posts on this subject you already know the car in question turned out not to be a Talladega but a Fairlane/Torino.

Here is the only photo of the France car in color that Kraft could provide. As you can see, it was not a Talladega. Rather, it was a regular nosed Torino. Based on the gold and red livery, it appears to have been a Pearson car that had red sprayed over the blue.

As difficult, and fun, as it is to trace the history of our street cars it must take a real detective to follow the exploits of these old race cars. Thank you John Craft for sharing your photos and expertise.

Anyone else have any information or photos of this car?


Some of my first and strongest memories from my childhood relate to cars. I still remember when things happened based on what car I was driving at the time. I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I was a Corvette fanatic for years but then re-discovered vintage American Muscle. My wife, Katrina, and I decided we wanted to focus on unique and rare muscle cars. After a lot of research we fell in love with the Ford Blue Oval Aero Cars. These were only built in 1969 and and aerodynamics became an important part of winning races. The only purpose of these limited production cars was to win NASCAR races using the Boss 429 and 427 power plants complimented with a special, wind cheating, aerodynamic body. The Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II are terrific and historic cars. This site is devoted to these car and their owners past and present. We provide an Online Registry for recording the long term history and ownership of every remaining Talladega, Spoiler and Spoiler II.

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