Ralph Moody Black Ford Talladega Prototype

The following information was provided by Ralph Moody

The Black Talladega was my Dad’s personal car, which he kept after leaving Holman Moody in 1972.

Lee Holman (John Holman’s son) still runs Holman-Moody which is a trademarked company name.

The black car stayed in the family and we started to restore the car before my dad died, which had sat in my Dad’s carport for many years.
I had a good friend doing some of the restoration and he closed his company, so I retrieved the car and have been a little slow with progress since I’ve not had the time to devote to the project over the past few years.

Attached are two photos of the car, which has been stripped, blasted, and primed. Bracing was installed to allow removal of the floor pan on the passenger side. There was some rust (heater core leak), but this has been cut out and replaced, and the body is going onto a rotisserie for final welds on the bottom side before heading out for paint sometime in 2011.

I just got the engine back this summer and have run it on a test stand  this fall with all the hardware back on the engine. It’s the original block, heads, and rotating assembly, albeit with 0.030” over pistons.

It is an “R” code car with the Ram air system, PS/PB/AC.  It has the standard  black interior (bench front and back), C6 automatic, and all Black exterior. (hood color matches body).

The car was partially assembled at Holman Moody, and it’s still visible to see pop rivets and cut/weld marks where the rockers were removed/replaced on this car.  My dad had indicated the body sat on a surface plate at HM for some time as a template car, and then was assembled/reassembled into a street car.  Some of the parts needed came thru Don Sullivan at Ford, who he had known for years.

Hope this helps with some info on the car. Will try to be ready for next fall, but will see how much time/effort I can devote this coming year! Hearing the engine running again has inspired some new goals.


  1. HI,
    Not sure if you remember me. I am Ken Deery. My sisters are Ann and Kathy. They were good friends with Ann Moody growing up in Charlotte. We all went to St. Ann’s school together. I rode in that car as a kid when Ann’s brother was driving it around Charlotte. He came and picked us all up from school once or twice and took us to the movies in it. I can’t believe how good Google is. I used to look at that car as I drove by the house on Park rode. I stopped in to say hi once when Ralph was out in the yard. Sorry to hear about your dad. Anyway, thanks for the memory recall.
    Take care.

  2. Hi,
    Allen of Charlotte NC here. I remember well seeing this car sitting under Mr.Moody’s carport. One afternoon in 1993 , not knowing this was the residence of Ralph Moody at the time , I decided to pull into the driveway and get a look at the car. I was there a couple of minutes before I decided it was in my best interest to knock on the side door of the residence and make my presence known.

    The surprise of a lifetime took place when Mr.Ralph Moody awnsered the door. I introduced myself, told him what a fan I was of his car and the endless achievements he was instrumental with at Holman Moody.

    Mr.Moody was kind enough to pop the hood on his Talladega and address any number of questions I had about the car. I recall him saying he had to get it away from the old HM Shop area as it was getting banged around to much. I do recall a quarter panel dent supporting the statement.

    We chatted for awhile then Mrs. Moody came to the door facing the carport and said “Ralph I have your sandwich ready”. Mr.Moody asked me if I’d like to join him for a Ham Sandwich and a Coke? How could I say no to that? I simply couldn’t!!

    Mr. Moody continued to field my questions , my favorite story was regarding the so-called production numbers of the Talladega , he said it was a sham , as they paraded the same cars by numerous times when a count was being done to satisfy the watchful eye of NASCAR at the time. He also spoke of the work that was done on these cars outside of the labor of the UAW workers at the Atlanta plant where they were assembled. We both laughed at how this car faked out everyone in one manner or another.

    We continued to chat about NASCAR History and smoke a cigarette or two , Mr. Moody gave me a couple of collectors cards and signed them for me..he was only weeks away from induction to the Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega,Al. at the time of our marathon lunch and chat.

    My final question was based on all the different major talents that drove for the Holman Moody dynasty as I see it. My question was , “Of all the drivers that drove for you over the years , Whom would you consider the best? Knowing that David Pearson had won both the 68 and 69 Championships for HM , he said without a moments hesitation..Freddie Lorenzen.

    Thank you for allowing me to share my run on story…meeting the great Ralph Moody was this Torino/Ford great day in the sun. God Bless Ralph Moody.

    Charlotte , NC

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