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Ford Press Release: New Models for 1969

This is one of the Talladega Prototypes.

As we get ready for the 50th Anniversary of the first Aero Wars at Talladega this upcoming weekend, let’s look back at the introduction of the 1969 Ford and Mercury models.

When I was a youngster, it was a really big deal when the new cars were announced each year. This would usually occur in September for the next year’s models.  Prior to the unvailing they would be hidden in different places around town. My friends and I were always trying to “scoop” the other on who could get the info on the new car designs. It was a time when every year there would be major design revisions to every make of car. Not just a trim change or new colors but totally new bodies. The dealership’s windows would often be covered with paper the days before and the new models snuck in late the night before the unveiling.

We have been provided with the Dealer Press Release info for the 1969 Ford-Lincoln/Mercury lineup. It contains the date and time of the new car unveiling along with some press photos, descriptions and new car specifications. This was top secret stuff. No one had this info before the day of the reveal. If you are a Team Member the entire packet, as well as a wealth of other information, is available on our Resources Pages or you can simply Click Here to go to these Press Releases. Obviously, the Talladega, Spoiler II and Spoiler Specials were not part of this info as there were not to be seen for many more months.

For non-Team Members, we have provided a couple of sample pages.



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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