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Building a Talladega

If it was 1968 and you wanted to make the Ford Fairlane/Torino more competitive on the NASCAR Super Speedways what would you do? This hand written note may be the beginnings of putting down on paper for the first time what would become the Talladega. For this communication to Special Vehicles/Kar Kraft and Ford Design Center the car is referred to simply as “Performance Vehicle”.

From other communications we have published we know that a great deal of time was spent on the study of aero effect on speed, lift and down force. This design concept seems to take those lessons learned into consideration.

Two important comments were the proposed colors and the number of vehicles to be produced. It is also interesting that this calls for 4 prototypes to be available on November 20, 1968 for NASCARs Homologation consideration.


Some of my first and strongest memories from my childhood relate to cars. I still remember when things happened based on what car I was driving at the time. I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I was a Corvette fanatic for years but then re-discovered vintage American Muscle. My wife, Katrina, and I decided we wanted to focus on unique and rare muscle cars. After a lot of research we fell in love with the Ford Blue Oval Aero Cars. These were only built in 1969 and and aerodynamics became an important part of winning races. The only purpose of these limited production cars was to win NASCAR races using the Boss 429 and 427 power plants complimented with a special, wind cheating, aerodynamic body. The Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II are terrific and historic cars. This site is devoted to these car and their owners past and present. We provide an Online Registry for recording the long term history and ownership of every remaining Talladega, Spoiler and Spoiler II.

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