You never know who, or what, will show up at our offices here in southern Vermont. Every so often someone stops by to show us a gearhead treasure of some sort; most recently that guy was Chip Durlacher, who was savvy enough to know that if he handed a Holman-Moody cowl ID tag to one of our guys at the filling station, a throng of editors would soon emerge from our offices. In this case the bounty was an oddball: a Ford Cortina that had received a makeover by the H-M crew back in the day to turn it into what the ID tag described as a “Dume Buggy”. We’re not sure why it wasn’t “dune buggy” but this also isn’t the first time we’ve seen the term used this way.
At any rate, the Cortina, which appeared to be a ’68 model, and a GT at that, had been converted into a topless Jeep-ish configuration, with the trunk area now looking more like a small pickup bed. A healthy arrangement of rollbar tubes had been also been added, and this is the part of the vehicle that most closely resembles something that Holman-Moody might have done.
The story that Chip got from the previous owner is that a shipload of Cortinas was damaged on its way to the states from Britain when a deck collapsed. The damaged cars likely had caved-in roofs, but apparently the relationship between Ford and Holman-Moody led to a handful of these otherwise wrecked Cortinas being dropped off at the famous race shop—the buggy is the result. How many were made and what was done with them we don’t know, but the crew at H-M seemed to take them seriously enough to give them a stamped ID tag, so perhaps they actually sold a few. This one is pretty rough, and would likely have been scrapped were it not for the history. Chip’s not sure what he’ll do with it but figured the meager price he paid was worth the Holman-Moody cowl tag alone. Ever heard of or seen one of these? Let us know.