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The following article is a partial quote from the most recent Hagerty Insurance email letter. For many years we have been watching the prices of Talladega and Spoiler/Spoiler II cars creeping upward. Most agree that they have been a tremendous value compared to the MOPAR Aero cars. The buzz over the last year or so among those of us who watch them closely has been that the Cyclones were due to take off in value dragging the Talladega alone with them. There are so few Cyclones in existence even a little demand is hard to meet.

The following excerpt from the Hagerty Insurance Newsletter is important to read and consider as it relates to our cars. This is another indication we may be in for a rapid increase in values. Do you agree? Are you going to rush out and buy another car to compliment the one you have or finally bite the bullet and buy your first one now?

Snag these 7 cars before prices jump

Most of the time, prices in the collector car market don’t make dramatic leaps or dips. Gradual changes are the norm. But when you’ve had your eye on a long-desired car, and then it suddenly ticks up in value, you just want kick yourself for not acting sooner. 

Nobody can predict the future, but our insurance quote activity and the frequency a vehicle is added to our insurance policies are generally helpful indicators of how in-demand a car is at a given moment. If all signs are pointing to a car about to get hot, but prices are steady at the moment, it’s a good time to check the bank account and decide how badly you want to scratch that itch. Here are seven cars that fit the bill right now:


1968–69 Ford Fairlane

1968 Ford Fairlane black 3/4 front
1968 Ford Fairlane

Median condition #3 (Good) value: $9800

Separate from the fancier Torino, the cheaper Fairlane could nonetheless be loaded up with performance options straight from the factory. If you’d rather not shell out for top-flight Torino or Mustang, the 390-cubic-inch and super-hot 390-horsepower 427 V-8s are still worthy of attention. These cars have remained flat and affordable, despite reasonably strong buyer interest, and the Fairlane presents a wide range of body styles and powertrains to choose from.

The Good News is the prices are finally going up; the Bad news is if you haven’t yet bought yours you will need to have a little deeper pockets.

The latest Hagerty Price Guide, Sept.-Dec. 2018, shows the following prices for a 1969 Ford Talladega.

Condition #4=$25,500

Condition #3=43,700

Condition #2=$62,600

Condition #1=$80,300

Ok, there you have it. Hagerty says the Fairlane is a great buy. If the Fairlane is a great buy, what does that make a Talladega and Spoiler II today?



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. This as printed need’s a bit of input. Back a few years ago the Fairlane Club of America did a story on a picture that showed up in Super Stock & Drag Illustrated showing a 1968 Fairlane with 427 badges on the front fenders. As I recall the story stated a search by Kevin Marti stated “NO” 68 or 69 Fairlanes or Torino’s were built with the 427 engine. Stories have been told of one or two being found, I am not sure if it is or not as I have not seen the car’s.
    Than this states the “if you’d rather not shell out for Top – Flight Torino or Mustang, the 390 Cubic Inch and Super – Hot 390 Horsepower 427 V-8’s are still worthy of Attention ” Now this is directed to the 1968 model year as written…..I see 64 T-bolts or even 66/67 Fairlanes trading at 100 K – 250 K plus….. Have not seen any Factory 1968 or even 1969 Fairlane’s or Torino’s with 427 trading.

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