The Talladega Spoiler Registry often gets the question: “How many Talladegas still exist?” This is a question that will likely never have a definitive answer. We can’t even give you a clear answer on how many cars are Registered in our Registry at any given time. There are new cars showing up all the time and there are cars rusting away in fields as you read this. Who knows, a hundred years from how they may still be discovering a pristine T out in some long forgotten barn in Arizona or the high desert of California.
What we can tell you is that as of August 24, 2015 our Registry lists 112 Talladegas as being Registered. HOWEVER, we also have confirmation on an additional 16. That means the cars have been seen and the VINs recorded and reported to us but the cars have not yet been Registered. That would suggest 128 cars known to exist.
Unfortunately, some of the cars that show up as being Registered have since been destroyed, crushed or otherwise lost.
So, what is the total? Again, it is impossible to say. At this time we feel very comfortable with the number of 100 cars (all conditions from rust buckets to 100 point cars). Many feel that the average survival rate for the average muscle car is around 20%. That suggests that there may be as many as 150 (20% of 750) but this is pure speculation. Any way you look at it the Talladega is a very rare car. Its sister cars the Mercury Cyclone Spoiler and Spoiler II are even rarer. Fewer were produced and it appears far fewer survived.
When asked, my response is somewhere between 120 and 150 cars, that includes some cars that will likely never be restored.