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How Many Talladegas Still Live?

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The Talladega Spoiler Registry often gets the question: “How many Talladegas┬ástill 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.

What is your estimate of how many Talladegas are still out there?

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Richard

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. Great article Richard,
    Thank you for the useful information and update. I imagine it is one of the most common questions you get asked and one of the most difficult questions to give an exact answer to.

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