Monday, May 29, 2017

David Pearson's one of one Cobra Torino

In 1969, David Pearson drove Holman Moody’s No. 17 Ford Torino to a second NASCAR Grand National championship in a row.

Ford Motor Company and Holman Moody worked together to prepare the special one-of-a-kind 1969 Torino Cobra as Pearson’s reward for winning back-to-back NASCAR Grand National championships.

Under the hood was a 428ci Cobra Jet V-8 backed by an automatic transmission. The Torino was originally built with 3.70 rear gears, which Pearson changed to 3.10s for highway driving. The interior was fitted with bucket seats and a column shift.

Ford’s Lorain, Ohio, assembly plant built the Torino Cobra and applied the special blue metallic paint. It was then shipped to Holman Moody, where gold paint was sprayed to the upper portion of the car and a spoiler was mounted on the trunk lid. The shiny aluminum spoiler was not a random part from inventory or pulled from a parts bin; it was an actual spoiler from the No. 17 Holman Moody Torino race car Pearson piloted.


  1. That is truly awesome !!! I'm a "HUGE" Pearson fan.

    1. Then I did good, and my job here is done!

  2. Pearson was among the last NASCAR drivers for whom I had respect..the crew since Bill Elliott's days are whiny babies. Pearson won back-to-back championships in two of the few years he pursued the full season, showing just how good he was. And his famous mind-game of having a cigarette lighter in the car for long yellows..priceless. The car is very nice, but it's instructive that its an automatic trans car...