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1972 Ford Torino Grand National Stock Car BUD MOORE #15 FORD TORINO

Scottsdale 2014
Consignment # 7149

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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale January 15th -19th at Russo and Steele's 14th Annual Scottsdale, Arizona Auction. Please contact us for more information.

American war hero and NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Bud Moore developed and perfected the small-block Ford engine with great success during his involvement with the Trans-Am series from 1969 to 1971. As a result, Parnelli Jones won the 1970 Trans-Am Championship in a Bud Moore-prepared Boss 302 Mustang. During the early part of 1972, Bud Moore went on to introduce the Ford 351 Cleveland small-block motor to the Grand National (now NASCAR) series as he entered his Ford Torino in 9 races, the best finish being 4th at Atlanta with David Pearson driving.

In 1973, Bud Moore Engineering hired 1970 Grand National World Champion Bobby Isaac to drive for the team full-time. Isaac’s first race was at Riverside, but engine trouble ended his day after 61 laps. Next was the Daytona 500, where Isaac finished 2nd to Richard Petty. Bobby went on to add 5 Top-5 and 6 Top-10 finishes in 1973. With Isaac's retirement at the 1973 Talladega 500, Darrell Waltrip was hired to drive the remainder of the 1973 season, with his best finish being 8th at Darlington.

Featured here is the #15 Bud Moore prepared Ford Torino that was the team’s Super Speedway car in 1972 and 1973. Authenticated by Bud Moore and his son Greg, it is believed to be the only remaining Bud Moore Engineering Torino. After the 1973 season, Bud Moore sold this car to D & M Engineering in Florida, who then sold it to Ron Spohn of Monroe, North Carolina. Ron used the car in a couple local ARCA races then put it away in his shop. Bill Bradford of Huntsville, North Carolina bought it in 1986 with the help of his friend and former Bud Moore Engineering engine builder Jerry Mason. Bill later commissioned Kim Haynes of RACEtorations in Gastonia, North Carolina for a complete restoration. The restored #15 Bud Moore Ford Torino was unveiled at SAAC-23 at Lowes Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Since 1990, the #15 Bud Moore Ford Torino was displayed at the North Carolina Motorsports Museum until acquisition in 2008 by a prominent West Coast vintage racer and Shelby/Ford collector. Craig Conley, a noted Shelby and Historic Grand National expert, has maintained the car since 2008 while it has been shown and vintage raced. The car has a fresh 475-horsepower 351 Cleveland and a new Toploader 4-speed, plus rebuilt braking, cooling, electrical, and fuel systems. In 2011, it was sold to another West Coast vintage racer and collector who continued to show and campaign the car in the Historic Grand National Series. The #15 Bud Moore/Bobby Isaac Ford Torino was shown at Quail Lodge in 2009 and raced at the 2010 Monterey Motorsports Reunion and the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival each year between 2009 and 2013. Additionally, the car was used in select NASCAR pre-race festivities. Today, the #15 Bud Moore/Bobby Isaac Ford Torino is considered one of the most significant and well-documented historic Grand National cars in existence. It represents a significant piece of NASCAR and Ford racing history and will certainly make an excellent to any collection or vintage racing stable.