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Answers to “What’s Wrong?”

Last week we showed you this photo and asked you “What’s Wrong?” Today, we will answer some but not all the questions.

1969 Cale Yaroborough Spoiler
1969 Cale Yaroborough Spoiler

This car was recently purchased out of the NASCAR driver Bill Elliott’s collection. The Date Plate reads:

Body: 63A

Color: MT

Trim: 4D

Date: 19B

DSO: 21

Axel: 9

Trans: U

(All of this could be correct for a Spoiler. If it was a Color Code Car the Color info would be blank. The build date would need to be prior to Jan. 1, 1969 to be a Color Code. This build date is February 19, 1969.)

It is reported to be a low mileage car but one that appears to have had a very rough life and little structural rust. The interior is said to be all original and in fair condition with bench seat.

First off, I am 99.9% positive this is a real Cale Yarborough Spoiler. The VIN and Data plate all support this finding. However, since the car has been modified some there is a slim chance that it could be something else.

Second, the front end is from a 1968 Cyclone.

Third, there is a chrome “Cyclone” script emblem on the rear quarter panel. A Spoiler should not have such an emblem.

Next, there is a “500” emblem on the rear quarter panel below the “Cyclone” emblem.

Some of you thought it was wrong not to have a spoiler on the rear. Some stated the missing “Cale Yarborough” and “Cyclone Spoiler” decals were wrong. Although these are usually found on the cars they are technically not necessary because they came in the trunk to be installed by the selling dealer so their absence is not wrong.

Here are a couple of more photos that might interest you about this car.

Note the GT stripe on the front fender and the 1968 front marker light.

GT Stripe
GT Stripe (that is Dan Elliott in the blue shirt)

Here is another Spoiler dealer installed item, the steering wheel wrap. This looks identical to the wraps we can purchase at auto parts stores today, is it original? I am not sure can one of you add some light on this question?

Steering wheel wrap.
Steering wheel wrap.
Steering wheel wrap detail.
Steering wheel wrap detail.


This image is from inside the trunk looking at the retaining nuts for the “Cyclone” and “500” emblems.

Inside rear quarter panel
Inside rear quarter panel

Are these factory or just something the dealer or some owner stuck on the car over the years? As some of you are aware there was a 1968 Cyclone GT 500 and a 1969 Cyclone 500. Could this be some ultra rare never before heard of Cyclone Spoiler 500?

This is an example of a correct Cale Yarborough Spoiler.

1969 Cale Yarborough Spoiler
Correct 1969 Cale Yarborough Spoiler (excluding the 428 emblem under the “Cale Yarborough” decal.

A Deluxe Marti Report has been obtained to help clarify the question on the “500” emblem. The Report does confirm this as a Spoiler but makes no reference to the 500 possibility. This part of the question remains open for the time being. This Cale Spoiler was sold new out of Heath Motor Co. in Carrollton, GA on March 10, 1969.


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. Restoring a car that has had a ruff life can be more fun ! As to Steering wheel wrap …Looking at picture of front seat, what you can see and the wrap I would guess they aged about the same…As to the Cyclone 500 trim my years of restoring cars I would guess that this unit was hit in the front end early in its life and a 68 Cyclone gave up parts to get this one back on the road….thus the lettering was most likely added later in life for this car. It would be interesting to see if the lettering on the other side match up as to location point to point as the lettering at factory were drilled with templates . This Spoiler will make a nice restored car with history of Bill Elliott as a past owner.
    Just for the fun of it what numbers are cast in the inside of the Cyclone and the 500 that are mounted on the quarter panels ? Good luck to the new owner !

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