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Talladega Values

In addition to doing our annual article on the number of Talladegas that are in our Registry, we also like to take a look at what values of the cars are doing. Although we do attempt to track as many sales of the cars as we can we are not in the same league as the Hagerty Valuation Tools so we rely on their calculations. For this article, partially due to the Covid-19 disruption, we are also looking back to the January 2019, 2019, and 2020, as comparison to the January 2021 numbers. Unfortunately, Hagerty uses a 4 category classification, where we use a 6 category classification for our cars.

Hagerty’s classifications are provided below. Ours can be found here.

Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.”

#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.”

#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.

#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.

ALL VALUES ARE TAKEN FROM THE JANUARY-APRILE VALUATION GUIDE.

2018 VALUES

  • CONDITION #1: $80,300
  • CONDITION #2: $62,600
  • CONDITION #3: $43,700
  • CONDITION #4: $25,500

2019 VALUES

  • CONDITION #1: $80.300
  • CONDITION #2: $62,600
  • CONDITION #3: $43,700
  • CONDITION #4: $25,500

2020 VALUES

  • CONDITION #1: $93,500
  • CONDITION #2: $72,800
  • CONDITION #3: $50,800
  • CONDITION #4: $29,700

2021 VALUES

  • CONDITION #1: $92,900
  • CONDITION #2: $72,400
  • CONDITION #3: $50,400
  • CONDITION #4: $29,500

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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