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Tracking VINs

BlueTalladega (Small)Your help is critical to build and keep the history of our cars alive.

I know there are still cars our there that have not been entered into the Registry. However, I assume we are reaching the saturation point of possible cars to register. The Registration of cars has slowed over the years but new information does still arrive when I least expect it. Most of you think of the Registry being a source of information on who owns what car and how many are still on the road. This is the most common information we receive but we also get information on cars that were not so lucky as to be continuously on the road. The biggest per cent of our cars have long since been taken off the road. Some are stored away in safe environments and never driven or seen by others. Unfortunately, it is likely that most have been wrecked, rusted or otherwise found there way into a junk yard, crushed and melted down.

If we don’t know the current status of every car, it is impossible to have an accurate count of how many are really left. Obviously, we will never be able to document every VIN but the more we know the better off we are.

Randy Lane recently sent some information on two cars he saw in a junk yard many, many years ago. It is surprising that he had the forethought to copy the VINs and even more surprising that after all these years he still had them and decided to share them with the Registry.

Here is what Randy had to say:

9A46Q189825——-This was a blue car.It sat in a local junk yard until the mid 1990’s.It was stripped of everything except the interior and passenger side door.It had roof damage just behind the windshield as if maybe a tree had fallen on it.Quarter panels were straight but rusty at bottom.

9A46Q206345——-This was a white car.It sat in same local junk yard as the one listed above until the mid 1990’s.It was stripped of all but the interior and trunk lid.Quarter panels were straight but rusty at bottom.

These cars were in Morganton,NC at a junk yard that went out of business.The front clips minus fenders and hoods were still on both cars along with spindles.Both could have been brought back to life given someone with deep pockets.The white car would have been the better one since it had no major structural damage.

Around 2003 I was told by a person at a local cruise in that he had purchased these two bodies when the junk yard closed.He had later sold them.

I own a 1969 GT 390 Torino and while looking for parts is when I realized what these cars were and took down the VIN’s.I found the paper the other day and thought that you could add them to the registry.Hopefully one or both will be saved.

Thank you Randy. This information has been added to the Registry and I encourage each of you to share any old information you might have about cars you crossed paths with over the years. Expecially if you have VINs for Spoilers, Spoiler IIs. Color Code cars or GT 500s. We do not have a master VIN list for these cars.

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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. Interestingly enough, my car is one VIN number off from the blue one listed above. Mine is 189826 and was sold at English Motors in North Carolina. Funny that these two cars were delivered very near to each other. Would be interesting if either of these made it back to life. – Mark

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