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Buy That Cyclone NOW!

We reported to you recently what Hagerty Insurance/Car Valuation Tools had to say about the prices of the 1968/1971 Ford Torino and Talladega. Now, the evidence is in that the 1968/1971 Mercury Cyclones are the newest hot ticket. The heat for the Torino/Talladega has spread to its siblings. We have been saying for years that one of the most undervalued muscle cars is the the 1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler/Spoiler II. Still don’t believe us, check out what Hagerty has to say. This is a direct quote from their web site on the subject.


Surprisingly, 85 percent more Mercury Cyclones were added to policies in this past year than in the one prior, and the quoted values were up 33 percent over the same period. Additionally, the average auction sale price over the last 12 months is up 37 percent compared to the previous year. The median #2-condition value has remained unchanged for the last four years, which is a good indicator of stability.

Based on the Torino, the non-GT Cyclone with the 429 Super Cobra Jet engine is the second-cheapest Super Cobra Jet car you can buy. (The 1970 base Ford Falcon is the cheapest.) Affordable horsepower does not go out of vogue, especially in market where the main growth is in the lower sectors of the market, where downside is minimal if anything goes wrong.

If you have been holding off purchasing that Cyclone (look for the big block cars, GT 500, Color Code, Cale Yarborough and Dan Gurney versions) you have been looking for now might be a good time to jump on it. When I get calls looking for cars the most requested is the Dan Gurney Spoiler II version!

1969 Mercury Cyclone Spoiler 428 CJ Ram Air with Day Two modifications.

This is what we have all been talking about for years. These cars are unbelievably rare compared to the other muscle cars and the prices are low. Good luck on your search for a quality car.


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. I think for the new buyers to the group it should be pointed out the 429 engine did not come about till 1970 Models…So in short you will not find a factory 1969 Talladega or Dan or Cale with a 429 and the Spoiler II’s for 1969 only had the 351 W engine only.

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