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Oldies; Part One

You all know that we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Aero Cars this year. I have previously asked for some old vintage photos of these cars and have had zero contributions. I have some of mine and some I got from Joe Machado several years ago. These give us a great window into the world of the Aero Cars back when they were new and when they were “slightly” used and or modified. There are also some photos of the cars when they were worn out or otherwise ready for the junk pile.

This will be a multi-part post. If you have some comparable photos please forward them to me at rfleener@comcast.net.

Thanks, and enjoy.

If you are a regular to this site you know this car but not in this color. Whose car is it today? Whose was it at the time this photo was taken?
This is not a vintage photo. It is a recent one, whose car is this? I know, do you?





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. The pink II was mine.I owned that car for about 25 years.It’s an original DGS II and was blue and white when my friend Joe Machado found it on a used car lot in the L.A.area.I had it painted Moulin Rouge (Panther Pink),a 1970 Mopar color.In the late ’80’s or early ’90’s I stripped it to bare metal and had it painted black.It’s now owned by Mike Callahan in Cincinnati,Ohio.He’s taken the car to Bonneville twice and runa top speed of 164 mph.All on the low buck rebuild I did on that 351C 40ish years ago.
    The orange T was mine,an original white car,orange when I bought it in ’79 or ’80.Fiberglass rear spoiler,428/C6.Sold in mid ’80’s to a guy from Pacifica, Ca. south of San Francisco.White when i sold it.

  2. The T with lettering on the 1/4 panel and II stripes is still owned by Larry Reynolds,now of Quartz Hill,Ca. about 60 miles north east of L.A. I remember him being from Wisconsin where I believe he bought the car some 45(?) years ago.
    I hope to visit with him and his son soon as his son Warren has a DGS II survivor.We were together at Willow Springs Raceway earlier this year.
    The T has been sitting for many years and Warren is in the process of refurbishing the car.The II has been roadworthy for several years.

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