Marty Burke revealed his latest restoration at MCACN 2019 and it is the best ever! Some of you may recognize this very rare 1969 Mercury Cyclone Dan Gurney Spoiler 428 SCJ as the one that sat in our garage for several years. At our last Talladega Family Reunion in 2017, we had many discussions about whether the car should be preserved as-is in its original condition, slightly renewed to make it road worthy or completely restored to Concours condition.
The general consensus at that time was to preserve it as a driver. Although this would have been a very easy solution and one that would have provided Katrina and me with a wild driver for the street it also seemed like a missed opportunity. We already had a survivor Dan Gurney Spoiler II that makes a great driver. A 428 Super Cobra Jet with 4:30 gears is really not street friendly but would be a blast to drive. Taking this car to Concours quality would be a major undertaking but one that would result in, arguably, the best 1969 Spoiler in the World.
After considerable thought, the decision was made to sell the car (actually put it up for adoption) to Marty Burke. Katrina and I have known Marty for many years and respect him as a man, husband, father and car owner. After several discussions and getting Marty’s assurance that he would do the best possible authentic, correct restoration the Gurney was gone. It was very difficult to part with. Katrina and I had looked for the car for five years and owned it for many more. It was intended to be the pinnacle of our collection. When we realized we could not the best custodians for the car, the decision to pass it on to Marty was easier.
The video below tells you more about the car and shows you some of the details that make it one of the most important Mercury Cyclones ever built.