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1969 1/2 Mercury Spoiler II and 1969 1/2 For Talladega

We are taking a week off of the Speedway Fords and Mercurys Newsletter reprints to bring you this breaking news from Ford!

For all this time we all thought we owned a 1969 Ford Talladega or 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler/Spoiler II and now the truth comes out. Ford called them 1969 1/2 models! This practice has become common but was not so back in the day. This letter dated March 3, 1969 concerns some of the Government approvals of the new Spoiler II. Donald Eichstaedt of Ford’s Advanced Concepts Department clearly refers to the Talladega and Spoiler II as 1969 1/2 models.

Thank you to resident Guru Rick Ochs for this contribution.


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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