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What’s up with 1969 Color Code Cars?

This car was advertised for sale as a Spoiler. It is really a Color Code car. What are the clues that would make you question it?

The Color Code Cyclones are also referred to as the “Pre-Spoiler”. To the inexperienced, they appear to be Cale Yarborough Spoilers. There are several differences to tell them apart. The surest way is to get a Marti Report but the next best bet is the Data Plate found on the driver’s door.

All red and white Color Code Cars were built prior to January 1, 1969. On the Data Plate, the location for paint will be blank whereas on a Cale Yarborough Spoiler the designation will be “MT”. Just because the space is blank does not mean it is a Pre-Spoiler Color Code Car. When the space is blank it means the car got a special paint job at the factory. That could mean it got a color that was not standard for the Cyclone, it does not mean it got the red/white Cale colors. That is why the Marti Report is so important.

Color Code no wing/spoiler

There were, as far as we know, no blue and white Color Code Cars ever built. We are also not sure when the very first Color Code Car in red and white was built. All Cale Yarborough Spoilers were built after January 1, 1969.

A Color Code Car will also differ from the Spoilers in that no original car will have the rear wing, hood scoop (unless it is a 428 CJ Ram Air) or “Cale Yarborough, Dan Gurney or Spoiler” decals. They were merely Cyclones with special paint. Therefore any engine or option available in a Cyclone could be had in a Color Code Car. A very high percentage of the cars built at the end of the year in December 1968 seems to have had 428 CJ engines.

We do not have all the VINs for the Color Code Cars nor we know that total production of cars.

As of our most recent count in January of 2020, we had a total of 11 Color Code Cars registered and confirmed (Marty Reports). We have VINs for 29 cars we think are Color Code but they have not been confirmed with Marti Reports.

R code/ color code cyclone

Of the 11 confirmed cars that are Registered the conditions reported with #1 being the best and #6 being a part car here are the results.

Condition of Registered Cars:

  • #1 Condition = 0
  • #2 Condition = 1
  • #4 Condition = 2
  • #4 Condition = 0
  • # 5 Condition =7
  • # 6 Condition =1

As for engines in the cars Registered and not Registered:


  • R code 428 CJ Ram Air = 9
  • M code 351 4 BC = 1
  • F code 302 2 BC =1

Not Registered:

  • R Code 428 CJ Ram Air =3
  • Q Code 428 CJ =1
  • S Code 390 4 BC = 1
  • M Code 351 4 BC = 5
  • H Code 351 2 BC = 1
  • F Code 302 2 BC = 3


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. Tom, these photos are all older images submitted by Team Members when they registered their cars or submitted by others that spotted them over the years.

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