Ok, I’m going to come right out and say this here and now. This 1967 Ford Mustang Coupe prepared for road racing by the famous Holman & Moody is without a doubt the coolest Mustang to ever exist.
For starters, it has a wavy backstory.
The car was apparently built at the Ford factory in Peru and bought by Christobal Galjuf for his wife. It may have been his wife’s car, but Galjuf raced it, usually under the pseudonym “Batman” so his father wouldn’t find out.
In 1969 Galjuf bought two 422 hp Boss 302 racing engines from Holman & Moody in Charlotte, North Carolina, and had them shipped down to Lima, Peru. With the more powerful engine, the car was highly successful in events across South and Central America, but that wasn’t enough.
Once the 1971 season ended, Gajluf decided what he really needed was to turn the 1967 Ford Mustang into a purpose-built race car. So he had the car disassembled and shipped to Holman & Moody in order to re-engineer the car to FIA/Trans Am road racing specs.
It’s a real Holman & Moody built car, with identification number C7HM-10118-GT, just check out those wheels and tires that were definitely stolen from HM’s NASCAR program.
The thing was built as durable as a race car could be. The body was acid dipped, under the front end is a Holman & Moody Talladega Super Speedway NASCAR-spec suspension with 3.5-inch wide drum brakes and dual shocks with special valving. In the back, there’s a Holman & Moody Trans Am rear suspension also with dual shocks, 2.5-inch wide drum brakes, and a 9 inch Ford rear end with an external cooler.
Additionally, it was given rally springs and beefy rollbars, plus reinforced and gusseted A-arms.
It’s unclear if the car retained the 1969 Boss 302 V8, or if it was replaced by a NASCAR-style FE 427 to go with the Talladega front clip. Regardless, the engine was replaced in 1993 with a Ford Racing high nickel 302 V8 with 10.5 compression pistons, Bud Moore NASCAR aluminum heads, Holley 4-barrel carburetor, and a Roush-prepped intake.
The engine is hooked to a Toploader 4-speed manual transmission with a reinforced scatter shield and carbon fiber synchro rings. One of the cool Holman & Moody trick bits is the NASCAR-style Super Speedway fuel filler poking through the rear decklid.
Inside the 1967 Ford Mustang is a proper race car with bolstered bucket seats, a full array of gauges and switches, a roll cage, quick release seatbelts, and light-weight windows and door glass.
Once the car got back down to Peru, it was utterly unstoppable, with Galjuf and co-driver Tomas Alzamora smashing records in long-range rally events like the 1,000-kilometer Grand Prix of Lima-Arequipa, the Hizo 500 Kms in Pasamayo, and the “Frontera a Frontera” (Border Trial) rally, which Galjuf won at a screaming 109 mph average speed.
From there the car was kind of forgotten about until it resurfaced in 1993 and ended up in a Peruvian Automotive Museum until it was purchased and shipped to America in the 2010s. Now this incredible 1967 Ford Mustang racecar up for sale at Mecum’s Glendale, Arizona auction on March 20.
See, didn’t I tell you it’s the coolest Ford Mustang in existence?