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Talladega Parts?

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When we do our annual Talladega Registry Count on how many still exist, I usually get the question, “What happened to all of them?” I recently saw an ad for Talladega parts that will help answer that question.

2020 saw some horrible wild fires in Central CA wine country. This Talladega is just one victim. Over the years, there have been many rare cars destroyed by fires.

An optimistic collector may believe that there are parts worth salvaging from this car. The only parts I see that might have any value are the front bumper, the ends of the front fenders and the header panel connecting the fenders. I would suspect that even these likely suffer from warpage caused by the fire.

There are likely the worst photos I have ever seen of a Talladega. Do you have ones that are worse? If so, send them along and we will share here. If you have the history of the damage, that should be included. Send to: rfleener@comcast.net.

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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