This 1968 Ford Cortina GT looks like someone went to it with a hack saw, but if the story behind it turns out to be true, it could be a rare and important car. It’s believed that this car was built by the famous Holman-Moody company. No one knows how many of these were built, as there doesn’t seem to be any account of them. This mystery vehicle can be found here on eBay.
The story behind this Cortina “Dume Buggy” is that a shipment of Cortinas headed to the states had the deck above them drop, crushing the roofs. Being seriously damaged, Ford decided to give a few to Holman-Moody to see what they could do with them. The vehicle that resulted was this topless Cortina truck. We have yet to find any documentation to prove this story, but the car does have a VIN tag issued by Holman-Moody stating that it’s a Cortina Dume Buggy.
A standard Cortina GT would be powered by a Ford 1.6 liter straight 4, but this car’s engine is missing. Given that Holman-Moody built many of Ford’s factory race cars, it’s hard to tell what engine this car could have had installed in it or what modifications it might have originally had. For all we know it could have had a small block V8 in it.
Information about this Frankentina is scarce. Without some type of documented proof, it’s hard to know whether this really was built by the famous racing company or by someone with a hacksaw and a fake Holman-Moody VIN plate. If some evidence surfaces that prove that this is a Holman-Moody special, it could be worth some serious money. We will keep digging and if we come across some evidence we will let you know. If anyone has ever seen another one of these or knows more about it, let us know!