In previous posts to this web site we have introduced you to a few of the 1969 Petty Blue Torinos that are included in our site’s Registry. Recently, we heard from another owner of one of these very rare cars. David Goins is the very proud owner of, what to date is the most unique, Petty Blue Torino. There were two real Talladega Petty Blue cars built but this is not one of them. It looks like a Talladega but is not, read on.
David sent you along some pictures just to point out some highlights of his project. He purchase the car in black primer with little clue that it was one of the original Petty Blue cars.
One of the previous owners added some NASCAR style modifications. First there is the trunk lid with the trunk pin holes. Next is the very cool Holman & Moody spoiler. Another modification is the most intriguing, a one piece Talladega front clip! There is also no filler panel behind and around the bumper.
The front bumper has the ends left open. There is also some repaired previous damage to the right front fender( maybe a brush with a wall)?
As David has heard the story about the car, supposedly the man he bought the car from was friends with several guys who worked for Holman & Moody. One of those friends had purchased the car from one of the H&M employees. It seems the owner at that time obtained the car from his father who had purchased it new out of Charlotte NC His father and the guys at H & M switched the trunk lid and installed a Talladega front-end that had been at H & M.
John McCloud (remember his Talladega and Spoiler II Rancheros?) is helping David with his project. The two of them are not sure what David has. After going over the car many times they think it’s a race car front end. Clarance Thompson (He and his son Jason restored the Banjo Mathews red prototype) has seen the car and says it has the same fender supports and caps and is welded like a prototype.
All David has to say is it looks like a Talladega, it’s a petty car with an interesting story and he likes it! Maybe someone out there can help fill in the blanks for them! David’s phone number is: 423-357-4397.
David has not told us all of the details about what his ultimate goal is for the car but is likely he is going to stick with the NASCAR theme.
If you would like to talk to him feel free to give him a call.