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Firestone Tires, Continued & Updated

Here is some more information and documentation on the Firestone tires on an original Spoiler II. Our good friend The Judge, Marty Burke, has done it again. He came up with a photo of a Spoiler II being delivered to its new owner on the showroom floor of Fred Jones Mercury.firestonetiresdealership

Not only is this a very cool photo but it also clearly shows that the Gurney is wearing Firestone Wide Oval shoes! Well, maybe not!

Cris Vic has much better eyes than I do and says that these are Good Year tires and that it is a Cale not a Gurney. I admit I counted the letters in the sidewall and they came out perfect for Firestone! Well, I forgot that Good Year used the winged foot logo between Good and Year. That means that the correct number of letters could also be Good Year with the logo in between; both would be 9 digits.


I went back and blew up the image some more and also went out looking for the reproduction Firestone tire. Below is what I found.

Here is the tire Coker sells as the correct Firestone for 1969.
Here is another view.
This would be the correct tire for a 1969 Ford and is what I have on my Gurney Spoiler II because I could not find any Firestone tires at the time.
This would be the correct tire for a 1969 Ford and is what I have on my Gurney Spoiler II because I could not find any Firestone tires at the time.
I have to agree, the script looks like it says Cale Yarborough and the tire looks like a Good Year. See below.

Now, did the Talladega get the Firestone Wide Oval whitewall and the Mercury cars got the Good Year white letters? Let’s see some more evidence and thoughts.



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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One Comment

  1. Marty,

    By any chance would Mercury have offered the Spoiler II without white sidewall tires?

    I would not have made that guess, based on the WSW Wide Oval designation on all Talladega documents that I have seen.

    In 1969 the WSW would have been considered “upscale” which the Mercury Division certainly was considered to be when compared to Ford.

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