The following web page article appeared on Auto Cheat Sheet web site. The Ford Talladega is listed as one of the Top 10 cars that deserve to be restored. The description below is brief but, as with most web articles, full of mistakes. It is good to know other agree with us on the history and value of our cars but it is unfortunate they can’t do an adequate job on their research.
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10 Forgotten Muscle Cars That Deserve to Be Restored
James Derek Sapienza MORE ARTICLES
March 12, 2016
7. 1969 Ford Torino Talladega
1969 Ford Torino Talladega prototype
Half a century on, the Plymouth Roadrunner Superbird and Dodge Daytona get all the love when it comes to NASCAR homologation specials. But in 1969, Ford tried its hand at aerodynamics too and built the Torino Talladega. Starting with a Torino Sportsroof, Ford worked with the Holman-Moody race shop to design a sleeker, longer front clip and rear fascia for the car. The Talladega was honed in the wind tunnel — a relative novelty for the era — and powered by the 429-cubic-inch V8 found in the Boss Mustang. Production was over by March; Ford only built 754 of them and they were barely advertised, but the slippery cars dominated during the ’69 season, winning 29 races. In 1970, however, the 200-mile-per-hour Superbird ruled NASCAR, and the Talladega’s time in the spotlight was over. Today, the Talladega (and near-identical Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II) are bargains on the collector market compared to the beak-nosed Mopars.