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1970 Ford King Cobra Video

Most of us know the 1970 King Cobra was the car destined to replace the Talladega on the NASCAR tracks in 1970. Unfortunately, before the car could be completely tested and developed for the track Ford pulled out of all racing, and the development cars were sent to the storage bin. Each of the remaining cars had sketchy histories. Steve Honnell was at the right place at the right time to take one home.

It was back in 1970 while he was visiting Holman and Moody that his life-changing moment occurred. He asked the right question at the right time and became an owner of a King Cobra. He did some work putting the pieces back together and made it his daily driver! For the rest of the story check out this Uncle Tony’s Garage YouTube video.


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. Sadly, This video is chock-a-block full of misinformation and outright falsehoods. Take for example the claim that…somehow…a 1970 King Cobra nose was *bolted on to a 1969 Talladega* and then used to set new NASCAR speed records (at the one test conducted of a race spec King Cobra at Daytona in July of 1969….months before Buddy Baker broke the 200 mph barrier at Talladega later that year) Here are a couple of fun facts to keep in mind when considering the viability of the “207 mph” story. Width 1970 Torino: 76.8″; Width 1969 Torino (and Talladega): 74.6″ (Not to mention that the two cars had completely different body panels). Perhaps it was the extra body width and completely mismatched panels hanging out in the breeze that made the claimed hermaphrodite aero car so dog-gone (record setting in fact) fast . I am surprised Richard Fleener didn’t laugh out loud when Honnell was yarning. For any interested in the *actual* history of both the King Cobra program and the cars that Honnell has created (to Include the yell KC he assembled from pieces and the fake 1970 Spoiler II he built from air) I commend this thread at the Grand National Stock Car Racing History before 1972 FB site:

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