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Missing Fairlane

Here is a good one for all you workbench detectives out there. This is not a Quiz; we don’t know the answer to this one! Yes, I know it isn’t about a Talladega….or is it? Marty Burke found this Intra Company communication in his historical documents and wanted to know if anyone has an idea why Bunkie Knudsen wanted to know where this Fairlane was. Why was this particular car so important? Did they find it? Where was it? Do you have this VIN in your garage?


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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  1. *** 178-D-410*** Decodes as 178=Dearborn, D=Press unit/loan, 410 may be a unit number assigned to the car as the 410th press car from the Dearborn district.

  2. I joined as a member to find out more about the Talladega and Spoiler ii cars. I have also located a Dan Gurney Spoiler ll that has been sitting for a long, long time with no engine, transmission, etc. The rolled rockers are excellent. One fender is excellent and the other has damage. The sloped header panel in front of the hood is not damaged and the narrowed V front bumper is good. What other “email” information do I need to send you. The reason I ask is because after I have became a member I am still blocked from some member only sections. Hope to hear from you soon either by email, or call me at 910 464 7229 so I can learn more about these cars. Thank You!

    1. Ray, congratulations on your recent acquisition. You have found a very rare and desirable car. I am sure you will find a lot of needed information on our site and even more from other Members who love to share and help. I am sorry to hear that you can not access every page. This is sometimes a problem with new registrations. It may take up to 24 hours to be able to access every page. If you are still have problems after that contact me with the the pages you are having problems with. The problem may be on our side of the issue and we need to know so that we can attempt to fix the issue.

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