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How Many Talladegas Still Exist?

Wimbledon White Talladega

Periodically we like to take a closer look at all the cars registered in our Registry. We don’t do this every year but that is our goal. There are a few things you can do to help us with the quality of the information found on this site.

I will also be doing similar updates for the Spoiler and Spoiler II over the next few weeks.

Presidential Blue Talladega

First of all, if you have sold your car or purchased a car please update the registration. I know several of the cars in the Registry have sold one or more times since they were originally registered. Some of the most valuable information is who the current owner is. Secondly, if the condition of the car has changed please update that info. I know many of the cars registered have been restored since the original registration.

Even more important for the good of all Talladegas is the documentation of previous ownerships. We are always hearing that provenance is important to a car’s value. One of the more important elements is an ownership trail. I have had good and bad personal experiences of trying to document my cars prior owners. Because of this, we are now including space for this information in the Comments Section on our registration forms. You now add this additional information including a list of all known prior owners of your car. This will not only document an ownership trail but also help document any good or bad experiences the car may have had. Did it win best of show or another major award sometime in its past? Was it totaled in an early accident? Did a Hollywood star grace its driver’s seat? Are you the second owner? If you would like to add such information to your registration please email me the pertinent information and I will add it for you.

If you don’t know how to update your registration simply send me the information in an email to rfleener@comcast.net and I will do all the work for you. Many of you did not include photos of your car when you registered it. If you email me a photo along with the car’s VIN I will update the registration listing in the Registry. If you are not a Team Member you will not be able to see the complete listing. If you are a Team Member you can view the detailed information supplied with every registration that the owner allows us to include. Here is a link to an example of what all Team Members can see.

To answer the question “How many Talladegas are left?” is not really a possibility. No matter how much time passes there will always be the possibility that in a small town warehouse there is a Talladega, or two, sitting covered up and hidden away. There are still cars being found, who knows when the last one will be located.

We may not be able to tell you exactly how many are left but we can tell you how many are listed in our Registry and we can tell you the estimated condition as stated by the owner.

Royal Maroon Talladega

To start with, we have every VIN for every production Talladega manufactured, or at least we think we do. Over the past few years, we have had two previously unknown VINs show up that are documented with Marti Reports. Of all the 738 production Talladegas (this total excludes Prototypes, Pilot Cars, and Specials) we have found a total of 174 cars (please note that 6 of those listed have been crushed and no longer exist).

Our goal is to document those cars that have been destroyed as well as those that still exist. It is highly unlikely that we will ever be able to document all cars that have been destroyed but we know it is far more than the 6 we have documented.

Of this total of 174 cars:

  • 6 of them have been crushed or parted out;
  • 35 have been confirmed but have not yet been registered;
  • 133 cars have been registered.

Of the 174 car total;

  • 67 are Royal Maroon;
  • 58 are Wimbledon White;
  • 49 are Presidential Blue.

The condition of most cars was provided by the owner. Every owner likely has a slightly different opinion about how good any particular car is. I have found some underestimate its condition while others exaggerate it. I also can confirm that a number of cars that were listed in one condition have since been restored or otherwise improved since the registration was submitted. No one has updated registrations once the restoration was completed. I will not modify registrations without the owner’s submission or direction to do so.

The condition options are from 1 too 6 with 1 being the very best. You can find a more detailed description on the registration page of this site.

Condition of Talladegas*:

  • Condition #1 = 6
  • Condition #2 = 37
  • Condition #3 = 37
  • Condition #4 = 19
  • Condition #5 = 34
  • Condition #6 = 7
  • Condition Unknown or not provided = 28
  • Crushed = 6
  • Total 174

*NOTE: All conditions are based on the condition given at the time the car was registered. We know of several cars in this Registry which has been restored or improved since being registered. However, the Registration has not been updated. The owner must provide the update of the condition whether the car has been restored or totaled and crushed.

NOTE: IF YOU ARE A TEAM MEMBER AND HAVE REGISTERED YOU CAR AND NOT RECEIVED A REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE PLEASE CONTACT ME TO GET YOURS.

Richard

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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